Lake Tahoe Activities

Take a cruise on the Tahoe Queen, Lake Tahoe.

A trip to Lake Tahoe is not complete without a cruise upon its crystal clear blue water. And no one has a prouder tradition of offering the widest variety of entertaining cruises on this magnificent alpine lake than the cruise experts at Lake Tahoe Cruises and Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina . Between the two, we feature the two most classic and storied vessels on the lake - the Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II. Tahoe Queen - Departing from Ski Run Marina in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, CA and operated by Lake Tahoe Cruises, the classic paddlewheeler Tahoe Queen hosts Family Fun with Tahoe Tessie, Tales of Tahoe by Mark Twain, sunset buffet, weekend dinner/dance, and sightseeing cruises as well as our popular North Shore ski shuttle and après ski cruise. M.S. Dixie II - Departing from historic Zephyr Cove, NV, just minutes north of Stateline on Hwy. 50, and operated by Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina, the M.S. Dixie II has been voted "Best Boat Cruise" at Tahoe for ten years running and hosts a historic breakfast buffet, scenic champagne brunch, dinner, dinner/dance and sightseeing cruises. Specialty Cruises - From a night on the water listening to cool jazz or an afternoon of wine-tasting, to marveling at spectacular 4th of July fireworks or ringing in the New Year, we plan a variety of Specialty Cruises throughout the year. Click here to learn more. Private Charters for Weddings & Groups - We also offer fantastic private charters aboard our fabled flagship paddlewheelers - Tahoe Queen and M.S. Dixie II - as well as aboard our smaller, more intimate craft - the Tahoe Paradise and Tahoe Princess, operated by Lake Tahoe Cruises. So if you're putting together your own special gathering on the water, we're the people you want onboard. Ski Shuttle - In winter, the Tahoe Queen hosts the world's only aqua ski shuttle - departing from Ski Run Marina, taking skiers and snowboarders to and from Squaw Valley USA and featuring an onboard après ski party. Check out the comments for more Lake Tahoe Activities Or Click to Add your own recommendation


Anonymous said...

Visit the Donner Memorial at Truckee, CA -- make bad jokes about cannibalism.

Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, Donner Memorial State Park offers the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on trails and enjoy the season's beauty. Visitors are welcome year-round at the Emigrant Trail Museum and at the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800's. Included in the museum are displays and information about one of the earliest pioneer wagon trains, the Donner Party, forced by circumstances to camp at the east end of Donner Lake in the winter of 1846-47, resulting in human suffering and loss of life.

The park encompasses approximately 1750 acres, including a new 750-acre acquisition that spans portions of Scallenberger Ridge to the south of Donner Lake. In and around the park you can see some of the Sierra Nevada's geologic history:

Campgrounds: Open Memorial Day (weather permitting) through Labor Day; reservations needed; (800) 444-7275. Park and museum information: 12593 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA 96161; (530) 582-7892.

Tahoe Charlie said...

If you plan in advance, you can join Americ'a Most Beautiful Bike Ride Reservations open in January, and are frequently sold out my the end of February. There is a 35, 72 and 100 mile course.

The Reno-Tahoe Territory of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Bikeway 2006 and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America invite you to participate in the 15th annual America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride - Lake Tahoe, one of the most scenic and awe-inspiring rides you will ever experience. Spectacular scenery, clean mountain air, great food and full support by experienced ride organizers make this ride a ‘must do’ for any avid recreational bicyclist.

Bikeway 2006
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride continues to promote Bikeway 2006, a bi-state project to build and connect existing bike lanes around Lake Tahoe and to develop an alternative non-motorized transportation corridor to help protect Lake Tahoe’s environment.

Nationwide Team in Training
The ride is also proud to be the century selected by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America’s Team In Training Program where participants from over 60 different cities across the country will raise over $7 million to support their mission of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for their patients and families.

Start - Finish
America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride will Start and Finish at the Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino Resort on Highway 50, Stateline, South Shore Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The Horizon offers 24 hour Nevada-style fun, a variety of restaurants, shops, live entertainment, night club, cinema, outdoor hot tubs, swimming pool, free parking and special lodging rates for bike ride participants and guests.
Call 1-800-648-3322 for reservations and ask for the America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride rates. Rooms for this event are limited and reservations must be made by April 30, 2006 to take advantage of these special rates.

Most Beautiful
The 72-mile America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride circumnavigates the highways clockwise around Lake Tahoe in both Nevada and California. It includes a challenging 800 foot climb to a rest stop overlooking Emerald Bay and a 1,000 foot climb to Spooner Junction. There are also many short rolling ascents and descents totaling over 2,600 vertical feet of elevation gain! The altitude ranges between 6,300 feet and 7,100 feet above sea level and the ride is recommended for conditioned recreational bicyclist, not for beginners. Participants must be at least 14 years of age (please, no children on bike carriers or trailers) and must be experienced in riding roadways.

Most Mileage - Beautiful & Historic Century
For the more conditioned bicyclist and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America’s "Team In Training" participants, a full 100-mile Century is offered adding an out and back on Highway 89/ Bike Trail to visit historic Truckee, California, before continuing around Lake Tahoe.

Most Fun for Friends and Family
For the recreational bicyclist who would like to mix sight-seeing and bicycling, the Boat Cruise & 35-mile Lake Tahoe Half Ride Fun Tour is offered.

The ride starts at 6:45am with a short 1 mile ride to Ski Run Marina where you and your bike board the Tahoe Queen for a scenic boat cruise to North Lake Tahoe. From there, you will join the ride course for the remaining 35-mile ride back to the Horizon Casino Resort. It comes with continental breakfast onboard & ride t-shirt, lunch on the course, rest stops and more. This Fun Boat Cruise is now open to friends and family members who would like to accompany participants across the Lake and return to Ski Run Marina. A fun-filled experience limited to 150 bicyclists & 50 guests.

Rest stops with a great selection of food and beverages are offered overlooking Emerald Bay, Homewood Mountain Resort, Albertson's in Truckee (for Century riders), Kings Beach (Lunch), and Spooner Junction.


If you've missed this year's America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride, you can still sign up for the Tour de Tahoe - Bike Big Blue on September 10, 2006.

irishlass said...

Here's another option for your Tahoe Cruise, the Safari Rose

Join us for a day of the finest cruising on Lake Tahoe aboard our classic 80' motor yacht, the Safari Rose. On this 4-hour sightseeing cruise we see Emerald Bay, of course, but there's so much more.

At 11:00 AM we depart Tahoe Keys Marina on the south shore and head north while the Captain begins his narrative. Take a moment to explore the Safari Rose, walk around the teak decks, the main salon with plush carpet, leather furniture and full bar, the semi enclosed fantail - or grab a chair up on the sun deck, sit back and relax - it’s all comfortable. Get out your cameras folks, our first stop is Fleur-du-Lac, the famed estate of Henry J. Kaiser, where the movie "Godfather II" was filmed. You will be served lunch aboard the yacht as we head south from there through McKinney Bay, passing the old brothel at Homewood, historic Chambers Landing and Sugar Pine Point State Park, site of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion built in 1903.Continuing on we go by the fabulous lakefront homes and gorgeous beaches in Meeks and Rubicon Bay.

Just past serene Lester Beach Cove at Bliss State Park we encounter the Rubicon Cliffs that drop from several hundred feet above us almost
vertically over a thousand feet to the lake bottom. Following the pristine shoreline south we enter spectacular, glacier-carved Emerald Bay for a glimpse of osprey and bald eagles and take a spin around Fannette Island to view Eagle Falls and the Vikingsholm Mansion. Departing Emerald Bay we proceed past more lakefront homes at Cascade Properties, Baldwin Beach, Mt. Tallac and the Tallac Historic Site on the way back to our home port.

Bring your camera and binoculars - this is Tahoe sightseeing at its finest!

Full bar available on board. Cruise lasts approx. 4 hours. Advance reservations are required.

Chris said...

Ohhhh - I love Lake Tahoe! Didn't know they have an old steamer cruise ship now. Unfortunately my last trip was almost 10 years back.

Time to book that trip again? ;-)

Cheers from Bali,


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