Beautiful scenic drive around Lake Tahoe


Around Lake Tahoe

72 miles. They’ll introduce you to spectacular vistas, peaceful shorelines, majestic landmarks, inviting trails, friendly towns… Short, also scenic side trips can add the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and an historic railroad town to the route. It’s been called the “Most Beautiful Drive in America” and designated one of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways. Download the full itinerary with a map.

Read on for a few of the highlights.

Lake Tahoe Dam Fanny Bridge
Lake Tahoe Dam


Fanny Bridge, Tahoe City
Lake Tahoe roundabout art bronze sculpture by Incline Village Visitors Center
Roundabout Art


Incline Village
Granite boulders by Lake Tahoe in Nevada State Park, Sandy Harbor
Granite Boulders


Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor
Lookout panorama in Emerald Bay State Park
Lookout Panorama


Emerald Bay State Park

Tahoe City Visitor Center 100 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA.

Historic Fish Hatchery and UC Davis Education Center (ongoing research).

Kings Beach Pier, beach, paddleboat rentals, dining, shops.

Crystal Bay North Shore casinos

Incline Village Visitors Center 969 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV.

Nevada State Park, Sand Harbor (fee) sandy beaches, boat ramp, annual Shakespeare Festival.

Memorial Point panoramic views, walk- ing trail, restrooms.

Nevada State Park, Spooner Lake visitor center, natural and cultural history pro- grams, trails, ranger-guided hikes.

Cave Rock Vista Point sacred site of the Washoe Indians. Short climb to great views.

Zephyr Cove Lodge restaurant, beach, park, paddlewheeler cruises, stables.

Camp Richardson/Tallac Historic Sites beaches, restaurants, horseback riding, bike rentals. Historic mansions (summer).

Emerald Bay Lookout overlooking one of the world’s most photographed places.

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