North Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

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North Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

North Lake Tahoe Local History

The Washo Indians, who originally occupied the shores of the lake named the area "Da-ow-a-ga," meaning "edge of the Lake". The 2 American explorers that understood the word as Tahoe - and so the name stuck.

In the 1960's silver was discovered and there was an influx of would-be miners into the area. As it happened timber became a sought after commodity and so a thriving community developed. But the beauty of the area alone was enough to attract people.

The first gambling house was opened in 1944 and the competition was strong. Before long a number of casios had been opened. Then in 1960 the Winter Olympics came to Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe was on the map, becoming known as the skiing center of Western America.

North Lake Tahoe Attractions

North Lake Tahoe Activities

South of Incline Village - is a wild west theme park that originally used to film the TV show, Bonanza. It has a petting zoo, a shooting gallery, barns of old props and a staged gunfight on Main Street. There are lots of stores to browse through and restaurants to stop at for a rest.

North Lake Tahoe Parks & Gardens

Emerald Bay State Park - On the southwest shore this pretty section of the lake is good for camping.

The Lake Tahoe State Park - On the eastern shore has some of the best beaches and miles of trails. There are some undeveloped beaches for the explorers. At the southern end of the park is Spooner Lake. With its trout, picnic spots, restrooms a ski area and miles and miles of trails it lends itself well to the well earned rest and relaxation time you've been looking.

North Lake Tahoe Beaches

Sand Harbor - on the northeastern shore is what movies are made of. The bay is shallow, the water a clear turquoise and the sand is clean and white. Diver's Cove, for the scuba fans is at the northern end. You can hire boats or enjoy picnicing and there are lifeguards and restrooms.

North Coast - Crystal Bay, Kings Beach and Carnelian Bay.

North Lake Tahoe Restaurants and Bars

North Lake Tahoe Restaurants

Mountain Top Dinng - For the summer months you can take the cable car to the top of Squaw Valley and have dinner overlooking Lake Tahoe. At the top of this mountain top complex, there are loads of restaurants and bars as weel as an ice skating pavilion and an Olympic Museum.

River Ranch - Hwy-89 and Alpine Meadows Rd, Tahoe City tel 530/583-4264 or 1-800/535-9900. An lod lodge on the Truckee River with excellent New American food. It has a lovely relaxing atmosphere.

  Rosie's Cafe - 571 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City tel 530/583-8504. Snug setting with fireplace. Serves everything from huge breakfasts to sandwiches and grilled meats.

Lakehouse Pizza - 120 Grove St, Tahoe City tel 530/583-2222. Situation on the lake, the pizzas are excellent, but as for the cocktails - wow - life doesn't get better than this with cocktails, a sunset and the lake before you!

North Lake Tahoe Bars & Clubs

Pierce Street Annex - the back of the Lighthouse Center, (Northshore) Tahoe City tel 530/583-5800. A good call for a couple of drinks and dancing the night away.

Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge - 1850 West Lake Blvd, near Tahoe City tel 530/583-7200. For cocktails on the terrace with good sunsets and stunning views for free.

North Lake Tahoe children's activities

South of Incline Village - is a wild west theme park that originally used to film the TV show, Bonanza. It has a petting zoo, a shooting gallery, barns of old props and a staged gunfight on Main Street. There are lots of stores to browse through and restaurants to stop at for a rest.

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