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Tahoe Queen is an authentic 312-passenger Mississippi paddlewheeler from the early 1900s. It has been voted the best boat cruise in South Lake Tahoe that offers amazing daytime tours through the lake. On these tours you witness a breathtaking view of emerald bay and a insight into the history. On the cruise you can also purchase food and beverages. Make sure you click pictures on the deck with the spectacular scenic backdrop. To know about tours on specific dates, log on to their website.
If you wish to view Lake Tahoe from a different perspective, try the gondola of a hot air balloon. These F.A.A. certified and registered balloons are piloted by well-experienced commercial and instructor-rated aviators. Your leisurely three-hour flight begins at dawn; so be sure to bring a jacket. And don't forget your camera for the most spectacular pictures you will probably ever take in a lifetime. You can meet at site of departure, or a shuttle can pick you up at your hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Advance reservations are an absolute must.
As you cruise down Highway 50, just north of Cave Rock, you will see a sign for this beautiful viewing area. Be sure to stop and have your camera ready. You will be treated to panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and see valleys that were carved out by glaciers millions of years ago. Emerald Bay is one of these incredible valleys. You will marvel at the crystal-clear blue waters that make Lake Tahoe famous. This is a wonderful place to bring a picnic lunch or just relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Standing as a testimonial to the wealthy are the beautiful estates of the Baldwin, Pope and Heller families. These summer get-aways for the upper crust were built at the turn of the 20th Century. Dextra Baldwin built his estate in 1921. The museum inside houses Washoe Indian artifacts and Baldwin family exhibits. The Pope estate is now an interpretive center offering historic tours and a living history program in the summer. The Heller, or Valhalla estate, built in 1924, was the summer stomping grounds of the rich and famous. Appointments are necessary to visit the homes, but admission is free. Plays, Indian celebrations and other events are also presented at the site.
Taylor Creek is a rather small but picturesque steam which meets the Lake Tahoe at its southern shore. It is here that the Taylor Creek Visitor Center is established in the center of emerald expanses and colorful meadows. The Stream Profile Chamber, which is a center educating visitors about the environment of the steam also calls the Visitor Center its home. At the chamber, visitors can explore the flora and fauna of the creak through glass aquariums. The expanses around the center have hike trails which are a haunt for many adventure enthusiasts and the adjoining picnic areas are a common gathering spot for families on weekends. The ecology of the area, its beauty and top-notch facilities all deserve every bit of your attention.
Genoa Town Park is one place your children will never get bored at. With around 3 levels of fun and leisure activities and a sprawling play zone for children, you and your family can spend a leisurely afternoon lounging around. Attend fun events like the Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire that has been an annual tradition, where the ladies of the town take it upon themselves to make candy and fudge and hold a dance to raise money for street lights. They got their lights, and the event was such a success that it has continued ever since. Come, join the fun!
Mount Tallac is situated within the Desolation Wilderness in Eldorado National Forest. One of the most distinctive mountain peaks in the Lake Tahoe area, it is instantly recognizable by its 'cross of snow'. A popular activity for visitors to the region is hiking to the summit of the mountain. Stunning panoramic vistas await those willing to take on the challenge. With a number of well-marked trails along the area, the most direct and commonly used is the Mt. Tallac Trailhead with three separate trails including Floating Island Lake, Cathedral Lake and Mount Tallac. A wilderness permit is required and is easily available at the start of the trail-head from a self-serve booth. June to October are the best times to hike in the area and views across scenic valleys, lakes, meadows and untouched natural flora and fauna makes the effort worthwhile. Additional information is available on the website and at the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center.
This wonderful day-use facility is located just south of the Cave Rock tunnel. The name originated from a series of small caves that had been cut away on the west side of the mountain when the lake elevation was 140 feet higher than it is today. This took place during the last Ice Age. The boat ramp makes the lake accessible for watercraft of all sizes. You will find all the comforts necessary to make it an enjoyable outing including restrooms, picnic tables complete with fire pits and barbecues, a small beach and spectacular views. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept leashed.