Dining See “Dining Directory” on page 40. Disc Golf Challenging courses are found at Incline
Village, South Lake Tahoe, Truckee and North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.
Dog Walks and Swims Dogs
the world-over drool to come to Lake Tahoe. No ticks, no poison oak, water everywhere, forests to bound through, squirrels to chase, and humans picnicking and dropping scraps. Dogs are not welcome on all of Tahoe’s beaches, however, so head for Kiva Beach in South Tahoe, Zephyr Cove on East Shore, Coon Street Beach in Kings Beach, Patton Beach in Carnelian Bay, or Hurricane Bay near Blackwood Canyon on the West Shore. Dogs on lease or under voice command are welcome on most trails in the area. Water-sprinkled hiking trails include Meeks Bay creek, Glen Alpine, Five Lakes, Shirley Canyon in Olympic Valley, Truckee River Legacy, and Donner Memorial State Park.
Breweries throughout Tahoe and Reno produce award-winning “suds,” served up in brew pubs or in taprooms that also pour beer from around the world. Local favorites include Fifty/Fifty, Tahoe Cold Water and Alibi Ale. Craft brewery Tahoe National recently opened in Tahoe City.
The 72-mile drive around Lake Tahoe can be a scenic 2 to 3 hours or an all-day adventure with entertaining side trips. Lunch stops include lakefront restaurants, food trucks, or picnic at a beach park. Other scenic drives include Mt. Rose Highway 431 and highways winding through the mountains south of Lake Tahoe: 89, 88 and 4.
Equestrian Horseback trails rides are available from stables in Alpine Meadows, Camp Richardson, Zephyr Cove, Piping Rock and Tahoe Donner. Horses are allowed on many regional hiking trails. Fishing
[Also– Charters, fly-fishing] Charter fishing boats leave from marinas around Lake Tahoe most every morning of the summer, many seeking large Mackinaw Trout. Fly fishing spots include the upper and lower Truckee River, Little Truckee River, and upper Carson River tributaries south of Tahoe.
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Four-Wheeling [Also– Off-road
vehicle, dirt biking] The Rubicon Trail is an epic off-road journey, labeled “the crown jewel of all off-highway trails.” The route crosses the Sierra Crest for a technical 22-miles from McKinney-Rubicon, on Tahoe’s west shore, to near Georgetown in the California foothills. It rates a “10” difficulty on a scale of 10. Four-wheelers and two-wheelers seeking more wide-open spaces head toward Northern Nevada’s countless off-road trails and dirt roads.
Gambling See “Casinos.” Gliding [Also– Hang gliding, ultra- lights] Com-
mercial glider plane rides are available from the Truckee and Minden airports. Powered hang glider rides depart from Carson City Airport. All three operations usually take customers over parts of Lake Tahoe. Experienced hang gliders sometimes launch from Slide Mountain Highway off Mt. Rose Highway 431, where summer updrafts along the steep Eastern Sierra can power record flights.
Golf Reno/Tahoe has a well-deserved reputation for great golf, from high-end championship courses to relaxed local links. Edgewood Tahoe at Stateline is the “Pebble Beach” of the mountains, home to the nationally televised American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. South Tahoe has three additional public links. Numerous well-known golf architects have designed courses in Truckee and Northern Nevada. Public course options near Truckee include the Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Greenwood and Peter Jacobson-designed Grey’s Crossing. Entertaining and historic 9-hole courses are found at Tahoe City and in Kings Beach at Old Brockway, where in 1934 Bing Crosby created the pro-am tournament that is now the ATT National at Pebble Beach. Nearby, Incline Village has two beautiful courses.