North Lake Tahoe visitors and residents alike are constantly on the hunt for those picture-perfect panoramic views of the lake that often land our mountain paradise in national print and online lists of vacation-worthy spots. Hunting for these locations reaches an all time high pre-Independence Day.
Here’s a breakdown – the elite group of beaches, pools, patios, and decks that are sure to leave anyone breathless whether soaking up the fourth of July sun or viewing an award-winning fireworks show.
Start the Fourth of July weekend early with a July third Fireworks Show and Beach Party at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. King’s Beach is one of the lake’s longest beaches, but fills up in summer, so make sure to get there early to score the best spot. If you are looking to watch the fireworks from the comfort of a restaurant deck check out Jason’s Beachside Grille in King’s Beach with killer views and great food.
Another great location just up the hill is Mellow Fellow Gastropub in Crystal Bay. Beer-tenders are constantly rotating the selection of 40 draught craft beers to sip while playing one of their outdoor patio party games (think giant Jenga® and cornhole among others). The food menu is outstanding – complete with warm soft pretzels and gourmet local sausages.
For activities on July fourth, Tahoe City and Incline Village offer up everything from an ice cream eating contest to a family fun zone. On the evening of July fourth, both Commons Beach in Tahoe City and the Village Green in Incline Village will light the sky with fireworks.
The Tahoe City Street Fair and Fireworks will set up a July Fourth Fun Zone, located in Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.’s parking lot, complete with a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green and more. For a more relaxing experience, try Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge. Home to the largest deck on Lake Tahoe, Sunnyside is accessible by boat, foot or car.
Sitting only 100 feet above the shoreline, Christy Hill Lakeside Bistro in Tahoe City is a romantic, fine dining restaurant with spectacular lake views, perfect for dinner pre-fireworks.
The party continues Saturday, July 5 as Billy Ray Cyrus heats up the Village Green with a live outdoor concert to benefit and tribute fallen American Hero, Michael Landsberry. This concert is 1 of 25 events held across the three-day weekend by the Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival.
If relaxing further away from the beach is your style, from mountainside to lakeside and up to the 8,000’ Summit, there are plenty of opportunities to lounge poolside.
The High Camp Pool and Hot Tub sits at a whopping 8,200 feet at the top of Squaw Valley Resort’s Aerial Tram. Easily one of the most breathtaking options in the world to take a dip, its elevation treats guests to amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountain range.
The Hyatt Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino boasts a lagoon-style swimming pool, two oversized jet spas and a wading pool perfect for the kiddos. Head over to the resort’s beach where cabana’s and lounge chairs are in abundance or get on the lake with one of Action Watersports many paddle boards or kayaks.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe features two outdoor pools for lap swimming or relaxing mountainside, both of which overlook peaks of the ski resort. Pool-goers also have direct access to the brand new outdoor Backyard Bar & BBQ.
The Resort at Squaw Creek features a large recreation pool, plunge pool, 120-foot waterslide, children’s pool, and three outdoor all-season whirlpools. All pools offer a sprawling view of Olympic Valley.
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday weekend, many locals and visitors will look for the perfect deck to sit lakeside and enjoy the view. Here are a few of our favorites:
Homewood’s West Shore Café deck is host to numerous activities from fine dining at night to scheduled yoga classes by day, as well as fire pits for s’more making and a farm to table dinner series throughout the summer.
Garwoods Grill & Pier is a hub of activity in Carnelian Bay and one of few places with a boat valet service. Definitely order one of their famous Wet Woody’s.
Plumpjack is located in Olympic Village and offers an upper patio deck perfect for catching a view of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Spindleshanks American Bistro & Wine Bar represents the best of both old and new Tahoe, with views of both the pine-lined golf course and gorgeous lake. This North Lake Tahoe staple recently moved locations and now sits at the base of HWY 267 upon entrance to Kings Beach. Guests can also enjoy Bocce Ball at one of two courts.
Big Water Grille sits just below Diamond Peak Ski Resort and is known for spectacular panoramic lake views that are among the best around. Try one of their famous martini’s while you’re there!