Things to Do in Lake Tahoe This Summer

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Lake Tahoe is an outdoor lover’s paradise in the summer, with prime opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, beaches, and watersports from North Lake Tahoe down the west shore to South Lake Tahoe, home to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy this alpine environment in the warmer months. 

  • Cruise from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay State Park by jet ski or boat. You’ll see Fannette Island and Vikingsholm, a Scandinavian-style castle, along the way. 
  • For an active, yet peaceful, mode of water transit, rent a stand-up paddleboard. 
  • Go rafting from Tahoe City down the Truckee River.
  • Ride the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram to the top of the ski resort, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains of the Sierra range.
  • Enjoy one of the many hiking trails; Eagle Falls is a favorite on the south shore.
  • Drive or take a tour around the circumference of the lake, which straddles Nevada and California. Just be sure to allot the whole day if you plan to stop for photo opps.  
  • Visit the old mining town of Virginia City, Nevada, to learn about the region’s Wild West history and take a ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
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Lake Tahoe Semi-Private Photography Tour

Tahoe photographic tours offer a unique way to enjoy Lake Tahoe’s scenery and create your own souvenirs, and on this small-group tour limited to just six people, you’ll be led by an experienced photo guide who provides tips and shares information about the area. Whether you’re looking to snap a poster-worthy shot of snow-covered mountains, towering trees, wild flowers or the glassy lake itself, you’ll learn how to shoot in the great outdoors and see some of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful natural sights, including Emerald Bay. Select either a half-day or full-day tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$179.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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$179.00 USD

Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

Take a boat tour on Lake Tahoe to soak up the alpine beauty of Emerald Bay, one of the lake’s most scenic spots. As you glide across the water on the M.S. Dixie II, admire the surrounding Sierra Nevadas, and cruise past Emerald Bay’s Fannete Island, the lake’s only island, as well as Vikingsholm Castle, a unique home on the shore. Plus, watch a video on board about the interesting underwater features of the lake.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$64.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Lake Tahoe Circle Tour Including Squaw Valley

Travel all the way around scenic Lake Tahoe in a comfortable shuttle on this 7-hour tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll cover close to 70 miles (110km), making stops at the beautiful vistas of Sand Harbor and Emerald Bay. You’ll also visit a charming village at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, and explore Tahoe City on the lake’s north shore, stopping to purchase lunch. As you go, your guide will provide rich historical context for the beautiful landscape surrounding you.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$50.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise

Watch the sun slip behind the mountains on a 3.5-hour Lake Tahoe dinner cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II, and enjoy champagne, live music and an elegant dinner on the water. Dance to tunes from the local Steve Walker Band, see a spectacular Sierra sunset, then sit down for a freshly prepared meal. Enjoy selections like grass-fed beef or trout, organic greens and vegetables. Finish the evening with fresh berries and cake as the first stars appear above the peaks, and Lake Tahoe’s scenic shoreline is illuminated.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$94.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

Visit the wineries near Lake Tahoe on this day trip to the El Dorado AVA (American Viticultural Area), a wine appellation outside the town of Placerville in the Sierra foothills. Accompanied by a wine guide, you’ll enjoy visits to six wineries, where tastings are included at the first three. Also included are a stop at Boa Vista fruit orchard, an outdoor picnic-style lunch and transport from South Lake Tahoe. If you’re interested in wine or agriculture, this is a great way to see more of this region of Northern California. 
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$80.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Zephyr Cove Helicopter Tour

Soar above Lake Tahoe’s south shore on a 20-minute helicopter tour. You’ll see thick forests, snowcapped mountains and boats floating on the sparkling lake. Fly past Zephyr Cove, Stateline and Camp Richardson, and see one of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful features, Emerald Bay. Each passenger has a window seat so you’ll enjoy the best possible views and photo ops.
  • Duration: 20 minutes
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$163.00 USD
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  • Duration: 20 minutes
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South Lake Tahoe Kayak Rental

Get an up close look at Lake Tahoe with a kayak rental, which allows you to paddle across the water at your own pace, admiring the stunning mountain scenery or searching for hidden coves and beaches. With an easy-to-maneuver single kayak, you can paddle as fast or as slow as you wish to enjoy an outdoorsy workout or to simply relax. When booking, select a 1-hour, 4-hour or 8-hour rental period.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$30.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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South Lake Tahoe Jet Ski Rental

Experience Lake Tahoe by Jet Ski, the perfect adrenaline-pumping way to enjoy being out on the water and explore at your own pace. You can cruise leisurely along the shoreline to admire the lakeside scenery, or zoom over to Emerald Bay, one of the lake’s most popular and beautiful spots. When booking, select a 1-hour, 4-hour or 8-hour rental period. A maximum of two people per Jet Ski is allowed.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$144.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tour of Historic Lake Tahoe West Shore

Grab a paddle and voyage along the scenic west shore of Lake Tahoe on a guided, 2.5-hour morning kayak tour. Experience the full beauty of Tahoe in the summer while gliding through the pristine water, and learn about local history and legends like early settlers, the ill-fated Donner Party, and life on the lake before the advent of ski resorts and casinos.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$75.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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$75.00 USD

Sand Harbor Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies on this exhilarating 30-minute helicopter flight from South Lake Tahoe Airport. Every seat is a window seat, as you soak up jaw-dropping views of Chimney Beach, Secret Harbor, Glenbrook Bay and Skunk Harbor. Snap photos of Sand Harbor, arguably Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful stretch of sand.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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$600.00 USD
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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$600.00 USD

South Lake Tahoe Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

Combine fun in the sun with a total body workout on the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe. With a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rental, you can paddle across the lake at your own pace, using your legs to balance and stopping on the water or pulling up on a beach whenever you need a break. Enjoyable and exciting for water lovers of all ages, SUP-ing is easy to do and a memorable way to experience Lake Tahoe from a different vantage point. When booking, select a 1-hour, 4-hour or 8-hour rental.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$20.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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1-Hour Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson on Lake Tahoe

Take a 1-hour stand-up paddleboard (SUP) lesson on the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe. Your instructor provides all necessary gear and instruction for your introductory class on this popular water sport. Take in the granite mountains and pine forest that ring the largest alpine lake in North America.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$40.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Lake Tahoe Ebike 2 Day Adventure

Ride the entire circumference of Lake Tahoe with ease on this guided 2-day e-bike tour. The e-bike makes it easier to climb hills so you can focus on sightseeing. Cruise through scenic areas, vistas, and neighborhoods at an accommodating pace. This package includes one night at a nearby hotel.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$400.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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