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20 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe in 48 Hours

    The ultimate travel guide to Lake Tahoe, here is a list of twenty things to do including where to stay, what to eat and what to see!

    48 hours in Lake Tahoe

    After years and years of only hearing incredible things, I finally crossed Lake Tahoe off my travel bucket list! Situated between northeastern California and northwestern Nevada Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United states — 1,645 feet!

    Lake Tahoe Kayakers

    Spanning 22 miles long, 12 miles wide and 72 miles around, Lake Tahoe is truly a site to be seen in person.

    Kayaking Waters Liz

    To help you make the most of your next visit to Lake Tahoe, here is my 48 Hour Travel Guide including 20 things to eat, see and do!

    The Landing Hotel Tahoe

    First thing’s first: get settled into the area by checking in to The Landing Resort & Spa.

    The Landing Tahoe Guest Rooms

    This waterfront property features modern yet rustic luxury accommodations, each featuring its very own stone fireplace.

    Freshies Lake Tahoe

    Next, refuel after a busy travel day at Freshies, a local favorite. Specializing in vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes, Freshies menu is full of flavor. Don’t miss the buffalo cauliflower and fish tacos while you’re there!

    Clydes Coffee Lake Tahoe

    If you’re looking for a coffee fix, head to Clyde’s Coffee Roasting Company. This family owned coffee shop’s mission is simple: shrive the highest qualify coffee available from farm to cup.

    Yoga Beach Asana Lake Tahoe

    If you’re a yoga lover like myself, be sure to sign up for a class with Lake Tahoe Yoga.

    Yoga Class Lake Tahoe

    Depending on what time of year you visit, I highly recommend the Sunset Beach Asana Yoga which takes place outdoors in the warmer months. Sure beats my usual indoor studio, that’s for sure.

    Jimmys The Landing

    For dinner, head to Jimmy’s located right on site at The Landing Resort.

    Jimmys at The Landing Lake Tahoe

    Their menu offers a wide variety of Greek-influenced dishes with a California twist. The fresh seafood was a true highlight and you can’t be the waterfront views.

    Basecamp Brewing Lake Tahoe

    After dinner, you can walk or take the hotel’s complimentary shuttle over to Basecamp’s beer garden. Featuring live music almost daily, you’ll love the laid back ambiance.

    Clearly Tahoe Kayaking 1

    The next morning start off your day with a kayak ride through Clearly Tahoe.

    Clearly Tahoe Kayak Riding

    Offering the first and only guided tours and rentals on Lake Tahoe in completely  transparent kayaks, this experience isn’t to be missed!

    Kayaking Lake Tahoe Liz

    It was a bit chilly during the 8am sunrise ride but it quickly warmed up once the sun rose.

    Kayaking Waters Liz

    You won’t believe how clear the water is – you truly need to see it to believe it!

    Sprouts Cafe Lake Tahoe

    For breakfast after your kayak ride, head to Sprouts Cafe. Their menu is completely organic and made from scratch daily. A great option for any meal of the day or if you’re looking to pack a picnic to go.

    Wild Horses Lake Tahoe

    Afterwards, take a scenic drive around Fallen Leaf Lake. If you’re lucky, you might even catch some wild horses or bears on your drive!

    Glen Alpine Falls Hiking Liz

    Stretch your legs while you’re there with a hike to Glen Alpine Falls. The falls weren’t running much during my September visit but it was still a beautiful hike.

    The Beacon Restaurant Lake Tahoe

    For lunch, head to The Beacon Bar and Grill located right on Lake Tahoe. Everyone told me to get the fried calamari and boy were they right – it was huge and delicious! Warning: the portions are huge so you might wish to share.

    Biking Trail Liz

    To burn off lunch, rent one of the complimentary bikes at The Landing Resort.

    Biking Lake Tahoe

    There are plenty of various bike trails around Lake Tahoe but I really loved the Lam Watah Nature Trail to Nevada Beach.

    Bonsai Beach Aerial Panorama Photo

    Afterwards, take a drive up to Bonsai Rock and Whale Beach.

    Lake Tahoe Bonsai Beach Aerial Photo

    You won’t believe how turquoise and clear the water is against the rocks.

    Bonsai Rock Lake Tahoe

    You can chill on the rocks like I did or if you have more time, bring your suit and get in the water!

    Bonsai Rock Aerial Photo

    You won’t regret spending time here, that’s for sure.

    Rivas Grill Wet Woodys

    Afterwards, grab cocktails at Riva’s Grill, one of the area’s premiere waterfront hot spots. Most famous for their frozen mixed cocktail, the Wet Woody, it did not disappoint. Fruity yet balanced – I can’t wait to try and recreate it at home.

    Azul Latin Kitchen Lake Tahoe

    If you love Mexican food, head to Azul Latin Kitchen for dinner. Centrally located right in the heart of Heavenly Village, they offer fresher, lighter and healthier Latin American dishes. The service was also incredible!

    The Hangar Lake Tahoe

    After dinner, cozy up by the fire at The Hanger, South Lake Tahoe’s newest taproom.

    The Hangar Beer Lake Tahoe

    With 30 rotating taps and a can and bottle selection, there is a little something for everyone.

    Cave Rock Sunset View Liz

    If you love catching a good sunset as much as I do, head to Cave Rock for the best view in the area.

    Cave Rock View of Lake Tahoe

    This short (but steep) hike offers some of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

    Emerald Bay Sunrise Photo

    Is sunrise more your speed? Head to Emerald Bay State Park at dawn to capture incredible views.

    Emerald Bay Sunrise

    Admittedly, I don’t rise to watch the sunset all the time but I will never forget this magical moment when the sun peaked over the mountains.

    Emerald Bay Hike

    Afterwards, hike the Vikingsholm Trail for more scenic views of the magical Emerald Bay State Park.

    Berts Cafe Breakfast

    After sunrise, stop at Bert’s Café for breakfast or a light bite to eat. Their menu feature homemade, from-scratch items plus all of your diner favorites like omelets, pancakes, French toast and more.

    California Nevada Line

    Last but not least, you can’t visit South Lake Tahoe without taking a photo at the California-Nevada state line! Let’s be real, this was the coolest photo I showed my seven year old when I got back. How often do you get to jump in between two states? Not every day, that’s for sure.

    Lakeside Beach Lake Tahoe

    Ok friends, there you have it! My ultimate Lake Tahoe travel guide featuring my top twenty list of things to do in the area!

    Hot Air Balloon Lake Tahoe

    Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below. One thing is for sure, this won’t be my last visit to Lake Tahoe!

    Liz Hiking Glen Alpine Falls

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    Disclosure: The Landing Resort & Spa hosted me during my stay and Tahoe South coordinated activities and meals.

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    4 Comments

    1. You covered 1/2 of the lake very well…next time visit the north shore. It’s a bit more quant, and has more of the old Tahoe feel with luxuries of the modern day. You won’t be disappointed (although I’m partially biased as I grew up there)!

    2. We live close enough to get there once a year or so. We always eat at Artemis Mediterranean Grill. If we have kids with us we love to play miniature golf, they have a fun course there. Other than that, all the beautiful hiking trails and time lounging on a beach make for a good day trip.

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