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Landscape and Places Lake Tahoe

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Landscape and Places on Lake Tahoe

Beautiful bays, waterfalls, American wilderness and real sandy beaches make up the varied landscape around Lake Tahoe. Here you will find some tips for excursions.

Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay State Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit on Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay, also known as Eagle Bay, is a small bay on the southwestern shore of the lake. On a sightseeing tour with the Mississippi steamer, you will discover this picture-perfect landscape from the water (no stopping). The sunset dinner cruise is particularly recommended and romantic.
By car, Emerald Bay is accessible via Highway 89 and a short hike. Upper and Lower Eagle Falls The Upper and Lower Eagle Falls are particularly worth seeing in spring when the water masses of Eagle Creek cascade down into the depths of Emerald Bay. The Upper Eagle Fall is 15 meters high and just a short walk from the highway.

To reach Lower Eagle Fall, which descends over rocky cliffs, hike down to Emerald Bay on the Vikingsholm Hiking Trail. It is a rather steep path 1.6 kilometers long with a difference in altitude of 150 meters.

Vikingsholm is a small castle on the shores of Emerald Bay. In 1929 Lora Josephine Knight had the building built as a summer residence. It was inspired by Scandinavian construction, so that part of the building works without nails and screws, similar to the Nordic stave churches. Guided tours of the 38-room building are available from Memorial Day until the end of September. Incidentally, Lora Josephine Knight and her husband were also supporters of Charles Lindbergh, who flew non-stop over the Atlantic for the first time in 1927.

Our tip: Make your way to Emerald Bay early and enjoy the still lonely landscape in the morning hours.

Halfway from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay is the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. The US Forest Service Visitor Center is the starting point for many hiking trails. A family-friendly hike is a tour on the paved Rainbow Trail, which is only 600m long. Get up close and personal with trout and co. In the Stream Profile Chamber, an underground room with a glass front and a direct view of the lake.

Fall Leaf Lake

About 1.5 km south of Lake Tahoe is Fallen Leaf Lake at the foot of the 2,968 m high Mount Tallac. The best way to discover the quiet and beautiful landscape is on long hikes. Mount Tallac is considered a difficult hiking area, but offers unique views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe. Camping facilities for mobile homes are available at the lake.

Zephyr Cove Beach 

A great sandy beach is Zephyr Cove Beach about 10 km northeast of South Lake Tahoe. In summer you can swim here, go pedal boating or experience the lake with a jet ski or parasailing. The excursion steamers for the lake tour also start from Zephyr Cove.

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