Discovery Museum – Reno NV

Discovery Museum – Reno NV

Discovery Museum – Reno NV

Just down the hill in Reno, NV is the newest museum to the area. The Discovery Museum in downtown Reno is an interactive science and natural history museum that celebrates all things Nevada including mining, geology, art, dinosaurs, human history and the environment. The museum has a three story Cloud Climber for all ages, a working model of the Truckee River, an Under the Stars exhibit where kids and adults can pitch a tent and interact with Nevada wildlife, the Da Vinci Corner with hands-on science exhibits and a soft play area for toddlers and babies.

Hot Tip: The Museum has picnic areas where you can bring your own food.

Directions: From North Lake Tahoe, take Highway 431 into South Reno. Turn left onto Highway 395/580 North and merge onto I-80 West. Exit at N. Virginia Street (Exit 13) and proceed to N. Sierra Street. Turn left on N. Sierra, heading south. Drive approximately 1 mile and turn left on Liberty Street, heading east. Drive three blocks and turn right, heading south, on Sinclair Street. Enter parking lot immediately on the right.

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Virginia City – Olde West Town – NV

Virginia City – Olde West Town – NV

Virginia City – Olde West Town – NV

Located in the Virginia Range on the other side of the Truckee Meadows, and about an hour drive from South Lake Tahoe, this real-life cowboy town has retained a lot of original Olde West character.  It still has original buildings and facades with wooden sidewalks and saloons.  There are mine tours, and even real mines still in operation!  The local V&T Railroad still takes passengers into Carson City if you’re feeling like going that route.  

Virginia City was one of the largest settlements between Denver and San Francisco in the mid- to late-1800s because of the discovery of silver in the Comstock Lode.  The city is now a popular tourist spot where you can shop for antiques and homemade fudge, get your photos taken in Western garb, or learn about the area’s resident ghosts.

Hot Tip: Several places (including the cemetery) have been visited by the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures crew.  Also, you may see Cowboys with side-arms; don’t be alarmed, it’s legal here!

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All over Lake Tahoe (North, South, East, West), the summer is warming up.  As travelers near and far gear up to visit the magnificent mountain lake, the local businesses are also preparing for what is their most important season of the year.

While there are a lucky few who own a lakefront home with a boat dock and pretty much never need to leave, the rest of us have choices to make on where to stay.  Outside of a day trip for those living nearby, most have to choose between staying at a hotel, rent a place, or visit an area campground.  Each have benefits and much of the decision will be dictated by your individual circumstance.

Hotels:

There are numerous options for hotels in the area.  From the more budget friendly for a longer stay to the high end luxury experience and everything in between.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

BEST for short stays or small groups as they are some of the most convenient options.  Usually more available to book on short notice, no minimum stays, and no cleaning fees.  From classic budget friendly cabins, to smaller hotel/casinos and on up to high end hotels and casinos there are numerous options.

Vacation Rentals:

From international companies such as AirBNB, VRBO and Homeaway to numerous local vacation rental options, there are some incredible options.

Whether a condo in one of the major resorts such as Heavenly, Squaw Valley, or Northstar with all the amenities, to independent quality budget options, these can be great options for smaller groups.

For families and larger groups, options abound.  If money is not an issue, then there are some amazing lakefront options.  However, for a group there are some great options to be had that are relatively affordable, offer ample space, and are relatively easy access to many of the Lake Tahoe recreational options.

VRBO offers a wide variety of Tahoe vacation rental options.

Camping:

There are some absolutely amazing camping options throughout the Lake Tahoe region and beyond.  For many campsites, especially those close to the lake, advanced reservations are often needed and during the high season can be challenging to get.

In the Summer as well as early fall / late spring the weather in Tahoe is perfect for getting outdoors.  Whether sleeping in a tent, relaxing by the hotel pool, or enjoying a bbq on the patio of your vacation rental, there are accommodation options to fit everyone.

Top Destinations

From walking to the beach, to finding the nearest ski resort, to taking a day trip to some of the nearby destinations.  Check out the options!

Lake Tahoe is a magical place.  Surrounded by mountains with access to the crystal blue water, excellent trails, world class ski ressorts and more within the Tahoe basin.

Beyond any of the mountain passes lie many additional opportunities that are a relatively easy day trip.  Some are on your way to Lake Tahoe from the San Francisco Bay Area  such as the Sierra Foothills and Gold Country.

Others such as the former mining town of Bodie and the Bodie State Historic Park as well as Carson City, Reno, and even a little farther to Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake offer plenty of interesting options.  As a day trip or for ideas on where to stop while exploring California and Nevada, check out some of our travel ideas. 

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Located right in the middle of North Lake Tahoe in Carnelian Bay next to the big concrete block of a building known as the Sierra Boat Company, a three-acre rocky beach called Patton Landing is maintained by a family-owned café and paddleboard rental shop called Waterman’s Landing. Grab a delicious organic snack and souvenir dog toy in the café and then take your pup out back to play in the water or rent a paddleboard/kayak and take him for a cruise on the lake.

A few miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89 is a long stretch of flat pebbly beach on the West Shore. Over by Sunnyside Resort and the West Shore Market, there are paved bike trails and clean public restrooms as well as lots of room for your dog to play. Across from the Blackwood Canyon hiking trails on Highway 89, there’s also space for your dog to cool off if he gets too hot after a long trek through the forest.

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Patton Landing- 5166 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay

Located right in the middle of North Lake Tahoe in Carnelian Bay next to the big concrete block of a building known as the Sierra Boat Company, a three-acre rocky beach called Patton Landing is maintained by a family-owned café and paddleboard rental shop called Waterman’s Landing. Grab a delicious organic snack and souvenir dog toy in the café and then take your pup out back to play in the water or rent a paddleboard/kayak and take him for a cruise on the lake.

The West Shore Beaches- By Blackwood Canyon and Sunnyside Resort

A few miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89 is a long stretch of flat pebbly beach on the West Shore. Over by Sunnyside Resort and the West Shore Market, there are paved bike trails and clean public restrooms as well as lots of room for your dog to play. Across from the Blackwood Canyon hiking trails on Highway 89, there’s also space for your dog to cool off if he gets too hot after a long trek through the forest.

Top Destinations

From walking to the beach, to finding the nearest ski resort, to taking a day trip to some of the nearby destinations.  Check out the options!

Lake Tahoe is a magical place.  Surrounded by mountains with access to the crystal blue water, excellent trails, world class ski ressorts and more within the Tahoe basin.

Beyond any of the mountain passes lie many additional opportunities that are a relatively easy day trip.  Some are on your way to Lake Tahoe from the San Francisco Bay Area  such as the Sierra Foothills and Gold Country.

Others such as the former mining town of Bodie and the Bodie State Historic Park as well as Carson City, Reno, and even a little farther to Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake offer plenty of interesting options.  As a day trip or for ideas on where to stop while exploring California and Nevada, check out some of our travel ideas. 

The Best Dog Beaches in North Lake Tahoe

The Best Dog Beaches in North Lake Tahoe

The Best Dog Beaches in North Lake Tahoe

The Best Dog Beaches in North Lake Tahoe

By: Kayla Anderson

As many outdoor enthusiasts know, North Lake Tahoe is a haven for four-legged furry friends. Between the forest and the clear blue beautiful lake lie plenty of places to roam. It’s common to see dogs- usually with a big smile and tongue wagging- leading the way on a hiking trail, swimming to a stick that’s been thrown into the water or sitting serenely on a paddleboard as their owner pushes them around, gliding on top of Big Blue.

However, even though Tahoe is very dog-friendly, sometimes it can be hard to figure out where dogs are welcome and where they are not. Therefore, we’d like to offer a quick guide to some of the best beaches in North Lake Tahoe to hang out with your pup:

Patton Landing- 5166 North Lake Boulevard, Carnelian Bay

Located right in the middle of North Lake Tahoe in Carnelian Bay next to the big concrete block of a building known as the Sierra Boat Company, a three-acre rocky beach called Patton Landing is maintained by a family-owned café and paddleboard rental shop called Waterman’s Landing. Grab a delicious organic snack and souvenir dog toy in the café and then take your pup out back to play in the water or rent a paddleboard/kayak and take him for a cruise on the lake.

The West Shore Beaches- By Blackwood Canyon and Sunnyside Resort

A few miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89 is a long stretch of flat pebbly beach on the West Shore. Over by Sunnyside Resort and the West Shore Market, there are paved bike trails and clean public restrooms as well as lots of room for your dog to play. Across from the Blackwood Canyon hiking trails on Highway 89, there’s also space for your dog to cool off if he gets too hot after a long trek through the forest.

Skylandia State Park & Beach- Lake Forest Rd., Tahoe City

Skylandia is home to a sweet little sandy beach and public pier that’s part of a bigger 24-acre California State Park that’s maintained by the Tahoe City Public Utility District. It’s a nice quiet area with hiking trails, picnic areas, and bike trails tucked into the pines, and pets are allowed at the park (as long as they’re on a leash). It’s a great place to host a get-together, but keep in mind that finding a parking spot can get tricky in the peak summer months.

Coon Street Beach- Coon Street and Brockway, Kings Beach

On the eastern side of bustling Kings Beach, a small picnicking area next to the water at the end of Coon Street makes a perfect spot to get some shade and relaxation with access to Big Blue. It’s close to lots of shops, restaurants, and motels, including the Hot Diggity Dog and Cat pet store. However, while dogs are welcome at this beach, this area has a lot of medium-sized boulders and rocks that can hinder your pup from running straight into the water.

Photos Courtesy of: Jen Schmidt Photography, jenschmidtphotography.com

Lake Tahoe during winter is Incredible

Lake Tahoe during winter is Incredible

Lake Tahoe during winter is Incredible

An amazing place

By: Eduardo Reyes

We arrived with my family to California in July 2019, after we moved from Miami, Florida. You know, hot weather, beautiful beaches but flat, flat flat. Since we are originally from Chile, a country full of different geographic conditions, the opportunity to travel the Lake Tahoe was something that we can’t refuse. Christopher, my boss, invited us to spend a few days in this amazing place.

The first thing that I remember was Donner Pass.

Freaky Fact:  Donner Pass was named for the Donner Party, who in November 1846, found the route blocked by snow and was forced to spend the winter on the east side of the mountains. Of the 81 settlers, only 45 lived – some of them resorting to cannibalism to survive (Source: GoTahoeNorth). Eeewww.

The view from the Highway is hard to explain, at less you take a 360° photo like to next one. I hope you like it.

Video Credits: Mediamerse, Immersive Marketing

Aerial View

After you arrive to Lake Tahoe and if you would like to enjoy the snow, I would recommend a place close to Spooner Lake – Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park (Source:Google Maps).

This place is excellent for kids Only be aware that it is next to the route and there’s a lot of cars passing by, be careful.
 
Let me show you a short video about this place.

Well, I hope you like the idea to travel to Lake Tahoe. Believe, you won’t regret.

Three amazing activities you shouldn’t miss in Lake Tahoe

Three amazing activities you shouldn’t miss in Lake Tahoe

Three amazing activities you shouldn’t miss in Lake Tahoe

Enjoy hiking throughout Lake Tahoe’s snow-covered forests and be amazed by the beautiful aerial sights of the lake and mountain peaks.

Snowshoeing

If you enjoy hiking and physical contact with fresh snow, you will love to take a snowshoeing journey through the forests around Lake Tahoe. While being amazed by the beautiful views of the lake and the snow-covered peaks, you will have the chance to observe squirrels, bald eagles, ospreys, and other animals in their natural habitat.
This is a family-friendly adventure with easy paths and appropriate for all levels of experience.
You can either bring your own snow gear or rent equipment from any of the stores nearby.

Suggested sites  Camp Richardson, Northstar California Resort, Sierra at Tahoe

Fly in a Balloon

Hot air balloons are one of the most beautiful shows in Lake Tahoe. From May through October, you can experience the amazing adventure of flying in a balloon.
Flights are scheduled every day during the early morning when the weather is cool and stable. It is required to make reservations in advance.

Lake Tahoe Balloons is the only certified ride that will give you the chance to learn how to inflate, launch, fly and land on a boat.
Balloon flights include snacks, a boat cruise, a one-hour flight, and a traditional champagne toast to celebrate.

Visit Lake Tahoe Balloons

Take a ride on Helicopter

Be amazed with the extraordinary adventure of overflying Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in the United States and get a whole view of Lake Tahoe and its most beautiful attractions.

Visit HeliTahoe, Heli-Vertex

Photography Credits: Snowshoeing, Tahoe Balloon, Heli Vertex

 

Lake Tahoe Statistics

Lake Tahoe Statistics

Lake Tahoe is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. Sierra Nevada range. The lake is shared by California and Nevada and sits at roughly 6,225 feet (1,897 meters) above sea level. Here are some quick stats for the jewel of the Sierras

Shoreline: 71 miles (114 kilometers) around

Average Depth: 1,000 feet (300 meters)

Lake Tahoe Statistics

Lake Tahoe Statistics

Lake Tahoe is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. Sierra Nevada range. The lake is shared by California and Nevada and sits at roughly 6,225 feet (1,897 meters) above sea level. Here are some quick stats for the jewel of the Sierras

Shoreline: 71 miles (114 kilometers) around

Average Depth: 1,000 feet (300 meters)

Tahoe City versus South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe City versus South Lake Tahoe

For most who consistently go to Lake Tahoe, one of the first decision is which area to stay. North Shore (Tahoe City area), South Shore (South Lake Tahoe), West Shore (Homewood) or East Shore (Zephyr Cove). Each has its own set of benefits and fulfills the needs of certain travelers.

 

The great news is that once in the Tahoe area, you can visit them all.

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