Lake Tahoe Itineraries

Lake Tahoe Itineraries

Visiting Lake Tahoe and looking for ideas on what to do? The region offers a range of outdoor activities for all seasons and travelers, diverse dining options, boundless opportunities to relax and to adventure to help you make the most of your well-earned vacation. Peruse our itineraries to get inspired.

Experience the Tahoe Trifecta

With the largest alpine lake in North America, 12 diverse towns and stunning mountains as your playground, Lake Tahoe is a triple threat for any traveler. Explorers, foodies, and “Real Relaxers” rejoice – we’ve got the itinerary to help you make the most of the Tahoe Trifecta. Spin the compass to find yours.

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Transformative Tahoe

Transformative travel will inspire you to embrace new challenges and change your worldview. It’s a journey of self-discovery that begins with a retreat to Lake Tahoe. There’s no better place to connect with nature and yourself than the largest alpine lake in North America. Here’s how to break away from the ordinary.

Treasures of Tahoe

With its sparkling blue waters, phenomenal mountain scenery and endless recreation, the destination is a treat during any time of year. But, around the lake lie many other treasures — lesser-known activities — that offer explorers one-of-a-kind experiences in this special place.

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Tahoe Trifecta: Avid Adventurer

If you’re someone who’s not afraid to live life on the edge, this Tahoe Trifecta experience is the one for you. Get ready for three days of nonstop adventure. Dive into the clear blue waters of the world’s second-largest alpine lake (or, sail above them!), conquer mountain peaks overlooking the entire region or try your luck with some on-the-town casino fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned explorer or you’re looking for a nudge to get out of your comfort zone – we’ve got you covered with this action-packed itinerary.

The 12 Towns List

Good news: We’ve made your planning as easy as a Tahoe sunset with customized itineraries that span from the West Shore to Incline Village. Whether you hit all 12 towns (hello, 12 Towners Club!) or stick to your favorite few, you’re destined for a memorable time. Use these itineraries as a checklist for your next Tahoe adventure. And if you find a town you love, then X marks the spot: stay the week, hit everything on the bucket list and don’t be a stranger—we’d love to see your friendly face more than once. Not sure where to start? Take our quiz to find out which town fits your personality.

Tahoe Vista | Kings Beach | Crystal Bay | Incline Village

Carnelian Bay | Northstar | Donner Summit | Truckee

West Shore | Tahoe City | Alpine Meadows | Olympic Valley

Fall adventures around Lake Tahoe

Outdoor Adventures

Lake Tahoe outdoor activities are some of the best in the world. Lake Tahoe is a mecca for alpine athletes and adventurers with hundreds of miles of beginner to advanced hiking and biking trails, trillions of gallons of crystal clear water to paddle, and plenty of locations for climbing and snow sport experiences. And, it’s not all about the workout, we even have an ale trail which makes a pretty unique reward system for some of you sport’s enthusiasts.



Tahoe Trifecta: Culinary Connoisseur

If you’re the type to think that the food is the best part of any trip, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the very best of Lake Tahoe’s culinary scene, all packed into a three-day trip you won’t soon forget. Lounge on a lakeside patio with a frozen cocktail, enjoy a hearty brunch after a morning mountain hike and discover all the best places for a midday snack in between shopping on the towns. We hope you’re hungry!

Food and Libations

Lake Tahoe dining experiences range from food and wine tastings, to delicious pizza and hearty picnic sandwiches. Lake Tahoe is bursting with culinary gems. Foodies can experieince Lake Tahoe’s dining delights by having dinner with a chef, sipping on a signature rum slushy while watching the sunset, or enjoying a hearty meal next to a warm fireplace. One of the tastiest Lake Tahoe events is the Autumn Food & Wine Festival including chef classes and food pairings, all ending with a spectacular outdoor food, wine, beer, and spirit pairing.   

Arts and Culture

It’s isn’t hard to find live music, theater, comedy, and all types of incredible Lake Tahoe festivals anytime of the year. Learn about Lake Tahoe’s orignal inhabitants, the Washoe people. Visit mansions built around Lake Tahoe’s logging industry during the late 1800s. Explore interactive exhibits, highlighting Lake Tahoe’s ecosystem, and discover ways to help “Keep Tahoe Blue.” Lake Tahoe’s art scene is abundant with galleries, showcasing local artists and craftsmen, along with workshops and creative experiences.

Family Time

Lake Tahoe adventures are where families make memories. Take a cable car ride to an incredible view. Paddle a kayak or paddle board over the clear, blue Lake Tahoe waters. Go skiing or snowboarding at a world-class resort, or experience every type of winter sport imaginable. Many of Lake Tahoe’s lodging properties offer fun, family friendly activities including roasting s’mores over a roaring fire. There are Lake Tahoe luxury villas, cozy condos and cabins, along with Lake Tahoe waterfront or mountainside restaurants that offer any type of cuisine your travel partners crave.

Luxury Accommodations

Some Lake Tahoe lodging choices offer premiere alpine destinations where you can end your daytime adventure in an extravagant aprés ski atmosphere, experience an exlusive Lake Tahoe club location with guided outdoor excursions, or select a secluded mountainside spa to unwind. Many of of the upscale Lake Tahoe lodging properties highlight the best views, have access to equipment and services, and offer massages and body work. Much of the finest Lake Tahoe dining is showcased at luxury resorts, so even if you’re not staying, there’s ample opportunity to enjoy a first-class feast.



Tahoe Trifecta: Real Relaxer

Need an escape from all the stress of your day-to-day? Picture this: three days of absolute bliss, surrounded by all that the Tahoe Trifecta has to offer. Unwind on the beach, forget your troubles as you take in breathtaking mountaintop views or experience complete relaxation at a state-of-the-art spa retreat. Just remember: leave your laptop at home and switch that phone to Do Not Disturb. Trust us, it’ll make these three days that much better.


Lake Tahoe yoga experiences, hiking trails, and secluded mountainside spas provide well-deserved relief from everyday routines. Lake Tahoe sets up the perfect excuse for pampering yourself with an exclusive alpine wellness getaway. There also are several Lake Tahoe festivals and retreats to take the edge off while taking in the surrounding beauty of the Sierra Nevada.



When Lake Tahoe Spring melts into Summer, the runoff from the snowfall rejuvenates and restores the green back into the six championship golf courses and four executive courses. Regardless of where you play, whether your course snakes through a glacially etched valley, contours along Lake Tahoe itself, or winds links-style through the trees, you’re going to witness some of the most eye-popping views found in Northern California and Nevada.