Guidebook for South Lake Tahoe

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Guidebook for South Lake Tahoe

Parks & Nature
Tucked away among the trees behind Tahoe's bustling South Lake, this pretty oval-shaped lake is nearly 3 miles long. On the south end of the lake, you'll find the Mount Tallac Trailhead where you can take the easier Floating Island Lake trail (1.7 miles one-way) or the strenuous Mount Tallac Trail (5 miles one-way). There's also a campground on the lake.
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Fallen Leaf Lake
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Tucked away among the trees behind Tahoe's bustling South Lake, this pretty oval-shaped lake is nearly 3 miles long. On the south end of the lake, you'll find the Mount Tallac Trailhead where you can take the easier Floating Island Lake trail (1.7 miles one-way) or the strenuous Mount Tallac Trail (5 miles one-way). There's also a campground on the lake.
This mini Lake Tahoe is 12 miles east of South Lake and located within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. You'll find 50 miles of hiking and cabins and camping—and fewer crowds. A few good trails: Marlette, Red House, Flume and Tahoe Rim Trails
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Spooner Lake - Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
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This mini Lake Tahoe is 12 miles east of South Lake and located within Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. You'll find 50 miles of hiking and cabins and camping—and fewer crowds. A few good trails: Marlette, Red House, Flume and Tahoe Rim Trails
Sightseeing
This crescent of sand hugging the lake's southwest corner is one of the few beaches welcoming dogs. Canines must still be on a leash and there's one area where they're not allowed. Yelp users rank Kiva as Tahoe's "best secluded beach," but since there's no fee and this beach is spectacular, it can attract crowds on weekends. To find quiet, walk west and reach a curved area beyond the main beach.
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Kiva Beach
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This crescent of sand hugging the lake's southwest corner is one of the few beaches welcoming dogs. Canines must still be on a leash and there's one area where they're not allowed. Yelp users rank Kiva as Tahoe's "best secluded beach," but since there's no fee and this beach is spectacular, it can attract crowds on weekends. To find quiet, walk west and reach a curved area beyond the main beach.
Photographers have named this boulder after the tiny trees growing it. The serene spot where the water is still and swimming pool clear in an enclosed harbor is perfect for sunset watching. Located between Hidden Beach and Sand Harbor Overlook along Route 28; walk a steep, skinny path from the road to the shoreline
Bonsai Rock
Photographers have named this boulder after the tiny trees growing it. The serene spot where the water is still and swimming pool clear in an enclosed harbor is perfect for sunset watching. Located between Hidden Beach and Sand Harbor Overlook along Route 28; walk a steep, skinny path from the road to the shoreline
Entertainment & Activities
Paddling down the Truckee River in an inflatable raft is an under-the-radar activity in the Tahoe Area. A handful of companies rent the equipment and you can make a two-to-three-hour self-guided that begins in Tahoe City on the North Shore.
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Truckee River Raft Co.
185 West River Road
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Paddling down the Truckee River in an inflatable raft is an under-the-radar activity in the Tahoe Area. A handful of companies rent the equipment and you can make a two-to-three-hour self-guided that begins in Tahoe City on the North Shore.
They have the best bikes in town and are at the beginning of the forest bicycle trail. It's a great way to explore around the late on a Bike and have a relaxing day. Pro Tip: On weekends it generally gets crowded, so best to start early to beat the crowd. Link to coupon for discounts: https://tahoe.com/business/andersons-bicycle-rental/coupons
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Anderson's Bicycle Rental
645 Emerald Bay Road
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They have the best bikes in town and are at the beginning of the forest bicycle trail. It's a great way to explore around the late on a Bike and have a relaxing day. Pro Tip: On weekends it generally gets crowded, so best to start early to beat the crowd. Link to coupon for discounts: https://tahoe.com/business/andersons-bicycle-rental/coupons
Lunch & Dinner cruises. Food on board is a little pricey, but views are great. Perfect sunset cruise. Pro-tip: Call ahead to confirm the cruise schedule before heading there.
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North Tahoe Cruises - Tahoe Gal
952 North Lake Boulevard
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Lunch & Dinner cruises. Food on board is a little pricey, but views are great. Perfect sunset cruise. Pro-tip: Call ahead to confirm the cruise schedule before heading there.
Food Scene
In a gingerbread cabin tucked away in a residential neighborhood of South Lake Tahoe, this cozy Italian restaurant with only seven tables is much quieter than many of the lakeside
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Cafe Fiore
1169 Ski Run Boulevard
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In a gingerbread cabin tucked away in a residential neighborhood of South Lake Tahoe, this cozy Italian restaurant with only seven tables is much quieter than many of the lakeside
Our personal favorite Restaurant's in South Lake Tahoe
Great place to get Pizza. Nice to take a stroll around the shops & attractions.
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Base Camp Pizza Co.
1001 Heavenly Village Way
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Great place to get Pizza. Nice to take a stroll around the shops & attractions.
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Lake Tahoe Pizza Company
1168 Emerald Bay Rd
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Great place for breakfast
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Heidi's Pancake House
3485 Lake Tahoe Blvd
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Great place for breakfast
Voted “Best Milkshake” by Tahoe Daily Tribune for the last seven years. I personally love their Hot fudge sundae & garlic fries :)
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Sno-Flake Drive-In
3059 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
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Voted “Best Milkshake” by Tahoe Daily Tribune for the last seven years. I personally love their Hot fudge sundae & garlic fries :)