Downtown Truckee Heavenly Village & Stateline Casinos
Heavenly Village and nearby casinos, bars and shops are Tahoe’s nucleus of man-made fun. Many spots feature live music, with 24-hour gaming across the Nevada stateline. An incredibly scenic gondola ride travels up to 9,123-foot elevation and viewing platform, mountain lodge, ropescourse and “mountain-coaster.”
Truckee’s authentic “Old West” downtown, bisected by the Transcontinental Railroad, has an entertaining variety of quality restaurants, unique shops and modern-day “saloons.” Trails and bike paths head out in multiple directions, including along the Truckee River and to nearby Martis Valley.
Sugar Pine Point State Park Tahoe City, State Park & Museums
Lake Tahoe’s only outlet is the Truckee River in Tahoe City, where a dam controls the top six feet of the lake. Lean over the railing of “Fanny Bridge” to watch the giant trout below. Bike paths and sidewalks lead from Gatekeeper Museum throughout this scenic town of unique shops, restaurants and “watering-holes.”
This park gives a glimpse back in history with its lovely Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, surrounding grounds and boat houses. But it is also features a beautiful shoreline and trails through a forest populated with its name-sake tree.
Donner Memorial State Park
Olympic Valley, Palisades Tahoe
This beautiful alpine valley was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Palisades Tahoe Village features outdoor dining spots and a spectacular aerial tram, traveling up 2,000 vertical feet to a high mountain lodge with a small Olympic museum. 16 SUMMER/FALL 2022 | Lake Tahoe Visitor Guide
A statue and museum at this state park tell the stories of the infamous Donner Party and other Western pioneers. A trail leads to the sandy shoreline of Donner Lake.