Tours, History and Facts

museums and historical sites

For the most in-depth and experiential knowledge of the history and facts of the North Lake Tahoe region, we recommend visiting the historical sites and museums or taking a tour.


Historical Sites

The Thunderbird Lake Tahoe has two of the most stunning pieces of Nevada’s history – the secluded Thunderbird Lodge, and the legendary Thunderbird yacht on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.  Thunderbird Lodge tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday from mid May to mid October.  Click here to book Thunderbird Lodge Tours.

Thunderbird Lodge

The Vikingsholm Castle is located at the head of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California. This magnificent “castle” is a unique blend of Nature’s spectacular beauty and man’s architectural ingenuity.  Vikingsholm, situated majestically among towering pines and cedars, was built as a summer home by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight in 1929.


The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion in Sugar Pine Point State Park on West Shore at Tahoma

Ehrman Mansion


Historical Sites

For extensive history and resources about North Lake Tahoe, the Historical Society has the first and last word on the essentials in the region with an incomparable walking tour:

North Lake Tahoe Historical Society

Donner Memorial State Park

Vikingsholm Castle

Ehrman Mansion

Thunderbird Lake Tahoe


Museums and Exhibits

North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
Gatekeepers Museum, Marian Steinbach Indian Basket Museum, Watson Cabin, Special Exhibits and Special events.

Tahoe Science Center
For visitors looking for fun and learning, there are interactive exhibits on the Lake Tahoe Basin’s important ecological challenges and an award-winning 3D movie, “Lake Tahoe In Depth.” Join for guided tours Tuesday through Friday between 1 -5 p.m.

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Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter OlympicsThe Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics was created to preserve and display our wonderful ski heritage.  The museum is a tour back through ski history from its beginnings through the 1960 Olympics.  Visitors will learn the history of skiing in the Sierra and the story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games.


Tahoe Maritime Museum

Placer County Museum

Truckee Donner Railroad Society

Donner Summit Historical Society , Old Jail Museum

Donner Memorial State Park and Visitor Center with the Emigrant Trail Museum and Pioneer Monument

Truckee Donner Historical Society

California State Railroad Museum

California State Indian Museum

Tahoe Maritime Museum

Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics

There is an educational interpretive outdoor sign exhibit starting at Fanny Bridge and going along the walkway to Commons Beach in Tahoe City. This exhibit covers facts, cultural history, maps and information on Lake Tahoe.

Summer and Winter Tours

Tahoe Adventure Company

North Lake Tahoe Cruises – The Tahoe Gal

Sierra Cloud – Hyatt Lake Tahoe

Wild Goose II – out of West Shore Café in Homewood

Full Throttle Tahoe – Boating and snowmobiling

Mickey’s Big Mack Charters – Sport Fishing Tours


Winter Tours

Lake Tahoe Snowmobiling

Eagle Ridge Snowmobiling Outfitters

Coldstream Adventures Snowmobile Tours

Pacific Crest Snow Cats


Sleigh Rides

Borges Family Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides — Sand Harbor State Park. For more information and to book your tour, Click here
This family excursion takes you “over the meadow and through the woods” and even along the shores of the pristine Lake Tahoe. One of the newest attractions, the Sleigh Rides at Sand Harbor are equipped with warm blankets assuring your ride is cozy and fun.  The Sleigh Ride meets at the Visitor’s Center at Nevada State Park at Sand Harbor (2005 Hwy 28) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Reserve your private one-hour Sleigh Ride for two to seven people (maximum weight 1400 lbs. per sleigh).

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