Follow the Rubicon Trail to Vikingsholm Castle.
Two birds with one stone? Actually, hiking the Rubicon Trail is more like a whole flock of birds with one stone. (Which sounds cruel, but was meant to be a positive metaphor.)
One of the most iconic hiking trails in all of Lake Tahoe, the Rubicon Trail is a stunning, mostly flat 16-mile out-and-back trek. The trail starts at D.L. Bliss State Park and runs along the lake to the tip of Emerald Bay.
You can hike any portion of the trail you want, and the piece from the trailhead to Vikingsholm Castle is more like 10 miles. But you get amazing views of Lake Tahoe along the way plus an up-close look at the historic castle.
Shop, eat and drink local at Truckee Thursdays.
Something magical happens on Thursday nights during the summer in Downtown Truckee. A summer street festival for the ages springs to life, with food & drink vendors, live music, local merchants and deeply, deeply good vibes.
Truckee Thursdays, as it’s called, is simply a good time. Downtown Truckee is an epic place to begin with. Filled with charming storefronts, chic cafés and drinking holes, it has a vintage charm made only better by a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
Worth visiting on its own, if you happen to be able to visit on a Thursday night you will not be disappointed.
Book a kayak or SUP rental in Sand Harbor.
Whenever anyone’s really not sure what to do in Lake Tahoe, we suggest starting with a Sand Harbor kayak tour. It’s quite literally impossible to be disappointed with your experience, because it’s just that cool.
Located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, near Incline Village is Sand Harbor State Park. It’s pretty much everyone’s favorite spot around the lake. Clear water, dramatic rock formations, a wide sandy beach—it has it all.
Plus, a parking lot and restrooms and etc. Which some of Lake Tahoe’s other gorgeous beaches are without.
Almost goes without saying then, that a kayak or SUP tour around this area is one of the best ways to experience Lake Tahoe. You get out on the water, you’ll see some of the most iconic views in the basin and you’re all but guaranteed to get that Instagram shot you’ve been dying for.
Check out Tahoe Paddle Sports for some of the lake’s best (pet-friendly!) kayak tours, or the ever-popular Clearly Tahoe.