Lake Tahoe Eastshore Byway
Lake Tahoe is one of those places that has something fantastic to offer its visitors year round. The Nevada shore of Lake Tahoe has the added benefits of having a scenic byway along the coast, vast amounts of recreation, and all the fun of the Nevada casinos. However, when you visit the Lake Tahoe area, you will not be able to resist an adventure around the entire lake -- the California shore of Lake Tahoe has just as many delights as the Nevada shore.
If you decide to drive the scenic byway along the Eastshore, you can start in the south or the north ends of the lake. From the north, you will begin your journey on Highway 28, after which you will turn onto US-50 and drive down to the south shore of the lake. This trip along the byway is only a distance of 25 miles or so, but there are many things to divert your attention along the way.
Incline Village lies at the north end of Lake Tahoe. In the winter, Incline Village is a nice snowy play destination for families. Incline Village also hosts the Lake Tahoe Jazz Festival every year. Nearby Crystal Bay offers splendid views of the lake. Planted right along the California-Nevada border is the CalNeva Resort, located in Crystal Bay. This resort has a wonderful history -- it was owned by Frank Sinatra and during that time was a favorite destination for his friends.
Should you have more time to spend on the north end of Lake Tahoe, you can take a detour into California for a few days of exploration. The northern side of Lake Tahoe has a great number of interesting destinations for winter recreation. Only eight miles from Incline Village, in California, you will find the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area, which has over 40 miles of cross-country trails. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine every year and fantastic powder. The great winter weather makes it the ideal destination for a winter sporting vacation.
Squaw Valley USA, also on the north end of Lake Tahoe (and in California), is a fantastic ski destination. Squaw Valley has amazing powder and many wonderful backcountry opportunities for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. It also has the added interest of having been the host of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. Not only will you be able to ski and sport where some of the greatest athletes in the world skied, but you can enjoy all of the Olympic history that the location has preserved.
Along Lake Tahoe, hikers will also find many trails. One of the best destinations for hikers is the Tahoe Rim Trail. This trail system has 165 miles of trail with varied level of terrain. It's a high altitude trail system with many trailheads from which to start a hike. Some hikers choose to take the trail system in pieces; the most adventurous, though, can try to complete the entire trail in one go. Along the scenic byway in Nevada, one great trailhead from which to join the trail system is at Spooner Summit on US-50.
As you travel south along the scenic byway, you will find yourself in Zephyr Cove. Zephyr Cove is a fantastic summer destination with amazing beaches and lake access. In the summer, visitors to Lake Tahoe can enjoy a variety of water sports, including sport fishing, boating, wake-boarding, water-skiing, and even parasailing. If you don't have a boat of your own, you will find plenty of boat rental options so you too can enjoy the wide variety of summer fun.
Located near Zephyr Cove, Cave Rock holds a great significance for the Native American peoples from the area. There are many small caves on the west side of the rock. One of the great things to note is the tunnel that is cut through 25 yards of solid rock.
At the southern end of Lake Tahoe, visitors will find plenty of fun in the town of Stateline, Nevada. Stateline is the location of a few hotel/casinos, including Harrah's, Harveys and MontBleu. The area around Stateline also has a number of winter sporting opportunities. One great ski destinations on the California side of the south shore is the Heavenly Ski Resort. The Heavenly Village boasts great dining and shopping to enjoy after a day of winter sport. Visitors can also enjoy a scenic gondola ride just off of the state border on the Heavenly Gondola.