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Scenic Drives  · Lake Tahoe Area

Lake Tahoe Area - Tahoe City - South Lake Tahoe - Truckee

Use this free Lake Tahoe Map to explore the lake and surrounding areas using the scenic drive provided. Lake Tahoe is exciting in all seasons – hiking, swimming, boating, skiing, snowboarding and casino gambling opportunities abound. The map shows all the major sights along the routes but nothing can describe Tahoe’s peaceful vistas as well as your photos after a visit to the region.
Print our free Lake Tahoe map to plan your Tahoe vacation travel adventure.

Lake Tahoe Area Scenic Drives

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Lake Tahoe is one of the most stunning natural destinations in California with year-round appeal. Spring and fall in the Lake Tahoe area offers hiking, river boating, kayaking, river rafting, cycling and just plain gawking at the scenery of the Tahoe area. Summer adds the possibility of swimming and water-skiing, as well as camping at the numerous Lake Tahoe area parks and private campgrounds. In winter, Lake Tahoe is transformed into one of the world’s premier ski and snowboard playground. Combined with the Nevada-side casino resorts and the nightlife they offer, it is easy to love Tahoe.
Located in the High Sierra, elevations in the area range from 7000’ to more than 8000’ so Lake Tahoe area weather is often significantly cooler than California’s coast and central valleys. In winter, heavy snows may close roads or require chains so it is wise to check weather forecasts and road conditions before starting.
Surrounded by three national forests, Tahoe, Eldorado, and Toiyabe, the Tahoe area is perfect for scenic drives around Lake Tahoe and into the nearby mountains. The two main routes to the Lake Tahoe area are Interstate 80 and Highway 50 so our scenic routes may start at either end of the lake.
SCENIC DRIVES: Starting from I-80, take 89 south (or first head into the town of Truckee for supplies and then take 267 south) to do a loop around the lake, taking time to stop at the numerous vista points, trailheads, state parks and public beaches. Sugar Pine Point State Park offers a view of privileged life on the Lake in the 1920’s through tours of a lakeside estate. Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed spots showcasing the legendary watercolor and clarity of Lake Tahoe.  

SIDETRIPS: 89 continues south to connect with Highway 50. Take 50 or 88 or 89 to enjoy the scenery as you pass from peaks to valleys. The area is home to many ski resorts but it remains pristine enough to provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife as well.  


© Brian Kelly
Tahoe is a prime destination for skiers with many resorts and runs for all skill levels.

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