For a comprehensive overview of the Lake Tahoe area, take the Around the Lake Bus Tour from Lake Tahoe. This 6-hour tour is led by a long time local, so it is loaded up with information from an insider’s perspective. The bus stops at Emerald Bay, Squaw Valley, Rubicon Point and Sand Harbor where you are encouraged to take lots of pictures to remember the trip. There is a stop for lunch, and shopping if you desire, at the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City. You can choose from one of the many beautiful waterfront restaurants and sandwich shops to eat and then set off on a mini shopping trip.
If it is history that you seek, you will learn plenty of it on the Virginia City Historic Tour from Lake Tahoe. This tour takes a unique look back in time as you visit the oldest settlement in Nevada – Genoa- established in 1851. This is one of many stops on the tour which grounds you in the Wild West sentiment of the time. You will travel along the Pony Express Trail where you may even see some wild mustangs roaming around the area, so keep your cameras handy throughout. The next stop on the trip is in Virginia City – where Mark Twain got his start – where you will have 3 hours to visit museums, mansions, and a real mine. For lunch you will dine at the historic Delta Saloon and have a look at some of their famous souvenir shops. In Carson City, which is the final stop on the tour before heading back to your hotel or drop-off location, you will get to have a look at the State Capitol Building, Silver Mint, and the Nevada State Museum.
There are many other options for how to spend your time in Lake Tahoe. You can take the Yosemite Grand Adventure for the day to experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Enjoy a picnic in Yosemite Valley and visit Toulumne Grove before taking a mile-long nature walk to see the giant Sequoias. You can also visit California’s oldest wine region in El Dorado County if you are in the mood to sample and learn about winemaking and micro-brewing.