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How to Spend 2 Days in Lake Tahoe

How to Spend 2 Days in Lake Tahoe

With two days to explore Lake Tahoe’s mountain landscape, you can take in alpine summits, discover the lakeshore, and dive into South Lake’s energetic nightlife. Since most of this Sierra hot spot’s action is outside, plans could go from snowy adventures to lake time. Here are some tips for enjoying Lake Tahoe in any season.

 

Day 1: Sierra Slopes

**Morning:**In winter, snag first chair for a day at one of the alpine resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe, including Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood; to save money, book lift tickets, gear, and a lesson all in one. In summer, get your mountain time on a gondola ride to the summit at Heavenly, with views towards the lakeshore.

**Afternoon:**After a day on—or above—the slopes, soar over the mountains with a sunset helicopter tour timed to catch the last light on the Sierra peaks. Watch for the distinctive pink “alpenglow” that sometimes illuminates the summits, and keep your camera ready from takeoff to landing. 

**Night:**Head to South Lake for a taste of Tahoe nightlife. Booking a spot in advance ensures you won’t spend the evening waiting in line as tables can fill up fast at popular venues.

 

Day 2: Off-the-Slopes Playtime

**Morning:**Start your second winter day by escaping the crowded slopes and exploring the frozen landscape on snowshoes, cross-country skis, or bundled into a horse-drawn sleigh. In summer, make a beeline for the lake where you can hit the water in a cruise boat, jet ski, or stand-up paddleboard.

**Afternoon:**Recover from an active morning with a hearty lunch in town, where prebooking a table can be a time-saving alternative that lets you get back into action more quickly. A warm-weather alternative is to pack a picnic, rent a bike, and ride along the path that follows the lake.

**Night:**For your last night in Tahoe, check for tickets to local shows. The casinos draw big names—making them a worthwhile stop even if you’re not a gambler—but you should book in advance to snag good seats.

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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

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Take a boat tour on Lake Tahoe to soak up the alpine beauty of Emerald Bay, one of the lake’s most scenic spots. As you glide across the water on the M.S. Dixie II, admire the surrounding Sierra Nevadas, and cruise past Emerald Bay’s Fannete Island, the lake’s only island, as well as Vikingsholm Castle, a unique home on the shore. Plus, watch a video on board about the interesting underwater features of the lake.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley

Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley

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Travel all the way around scenic Lake Tahoe in a comfortable shuttle on this 7-hour tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll cover close to 70 miles (110km), making stops at the beautiful vistas of Sand Harbor and Emerald Bay. You’ll also visit a charming village at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, and explore Tahoe City on the lake’s north shore, stopping to purchase lunch. As you go, your guide will provide rich historical context for the beautiful landscape surrounding you.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Cross-Country Ski Rental in Lake Tahoe

Cross-Country Ski Rental in Lake Tahoe

Go cross-country skiing in South Lake Tahoe, and enjoy the winter wonderland scenery while getting an excellent workout. With this cross-country ski rental package, you’ll receive the equipment you need to explore the mountain trails of the Sierra Nevada. Get fitted for boots, poles, skis, and bindings—plus you can rent or buy outerwear, if you need it. Reserving your rental in advance ensures you won’t miss out during the busy ski season.
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  • 1 to 3 days
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South Lake Tahoe Snowshoe Rental

South Lake Tahoe Snowshoe Rental

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If zooming down the side of a mountain isn’t your idea of fun, try experiencing the winter terrain by snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe instead. With this South Lake Tahoe rental package, you’ll receive snowshoes, poles, and insulated boots, so you can trek across the snow with ease, soaking up the crisp Sierra Nevada air.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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