The string of smaller Tahoe communities and state parks along Hwy. 89 is collectively known as the West Shore. It’s Lake Tahoe’s very own Black Forest (with a history just as compelling), and boasts a mossy, deep-woods aesthetic, not to mention Sugar Pine Point State Park, one of the most seductive at the Lake.
There is so much to see and do on Lake Tahoe's Magical West Shore, it’s difficult to call out any one thing, much less 7 or 8 things. This side of the lake attracted the Washoe Indians, Lake Tahoe’s earliest residents reportedly 9,000 years ago. Several years later, gold rush miners came to relax. In fact, Chambers Landing, est. 1875, is the region’s oldest bar and is still bustling today.
In May, 2008, the Tahoe Maritime Museum opened an incredible new facility modeled after historic wooden boathouses in Homewood. The Museum is open year round and exhibits include classic wooden boats with significant local ties, a hands-on activity area for children, restoration display and a sample of one of the largest outboard motor collections in the country.
Granlibakken, today a conference center, completed the Olympic Hill ski jump in the 1930s, where jumpers entertained spectators with their daring acrobatics. Recently, the 1960 Winter Olympics Nordic course trails were restored and are ready for personal ski touring. History – with a capital H! Your drive will reveal several restaurants. If you’re even the least bit hungry, pull in. You can’t make a wrong turn.
Other developments along Lake Tahoe's West Shore include Homewood Mountain Resort's renovation. Plans include a quaint pedestrian village, mid-mountain lodge, gondola and underground parking.