Best things to do in Tahoe Ca

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

1. Emerald Bay State Park
138 Emerald Bay Road
220local recommendations
Sean says “Perhaps the most photographed spot on the west coast. Emerald bay is a must see on your trip. Eagle ...” ·
2. Heavenly Mountain Resort
4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
182local recommendations
Greg says “In the winter great skiing, but they also have a ton of summer activities! https://www.skiheavenl...” ·
3. Gar Woods Grill & Pier
5000 N Lake Blvd
142local recommendations
Nick says “If you plan to drive around the lake to take in some sights and want to dine in a very nice establis...” ·
4. Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge
1850 West Lake Boulevard
126local recommendations
Brad says “Perhaps one of best views of the lake you can possibly get! Located only about a 5 minute drive head...” ·
5. Lake Tahoe
119local recommendations
Lee says “If you've never experienced Tahoe, you're in for an amazing time/treat. If you have, you already kno...” ·
6. Sprouts Cafe
3123 Harrison Avenue
103local recommendations
Buckingham says “Healthy eats, vegetarian and vegan options, juices, smoothies, coffee drinks, all around delicious.” ·
7. Fire Sign Cafe
1785 West Lake Boulevard
116local recommendations
Joi says “Delicious breakfast joint. Arrive early or be prepared to wait. If you do wait, it is close to lake ...” ·
8. Harrah's Lake Tahoe
15 U.S. 50
96local recommendations
Kristen says “Harrah's has everything you need for good 'ol fashioned debachery. Highly recommend 'Arty the Party...” ·
9. The Shops at Heavenly Village
1001 Heavenly Village Way
62local recommendations
Kathy Jo
Kathy Jo says “The Shops at Heavenly Village, at the base of the Gondola, is the area's top shopping, dining, music...” ·
10. Crystal Bay Casino
14 Nevada 28
103local recommendations
Monica & Matt
Monica & Matt says “Technically walking distance (although there's a hill to get there... but its downhill on the way ho...” ·
11. Safeway
7815 North Lake Boulevard
100local recommendations
Tahoe Rental
Tahoe Rental says “It's a Safeway in the mountains, so expect prices to be a bit elevated. Lines get long in the summer...” ·
12. Sand Harbor Beach
88local recommendations
Chase, Christian & Michael
Chase, Christian & Michael says “Large white sand public beach with boulders and water toy rentals. Best place for kayak and SUP rent...” ·
13. Lone Eagle Grille
111 Country Club Drive
77local recommendations
Melissa says “There are many faces of LEG--one is the main dining room with delicious meals, another is the cozy b...” ·
14. Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet
625 West Lake Boulevard
82local recommendations
Brad says “Great place to start your mornings! Located right across the street from the house, find great coffe...” ·
15. Base Camp Pizza Co.
1001 Heavenly Village Way
75local recommendations
Gerry & Phil
Gerry & Phil says “I personally have not had this but my daughter and her friend's family say it is really good. We us...” ·
16. Bridgetender Tavern and Grill
65 West Lake Boulevard
78local recommendations
Joi says “This is located right at the entrance of the Truckee River from the Lake. It has great outdoor seati...” ·
17. Safeway
1020 Johnson Lane
87local recommendations
Camila & Ryan
Camila & Ryan says “This location has a gas station as well with some of the cheapest fuel you will find in South Lake T...” ·
18. Lanza's Restaurant
7739 North Lake Boulevard
75local recommendations
Daniel says “Cozy, homey local place with great food and moderate prices. House specialty, "stuffed lumaconi" is...” ·
19. Beacon Bar & Grill
1900 Jameson Beach Road
60local recommendations
Camila & Ryan
Camila & Ryan says “Great outdoor spot to have some food and drinks. It gets crowded quickly so plan accordingly and pr...” ·
20. Jason's Beachside Grille
8338 North Lake Boulevard
57local recommendations
Jamie says “This is a traditional restaurant that feels like you're in a cabin on the lake. It's great for a sn...” ·
21. Freshies Restaurant & Bar
3330 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
63local recommendations
Camila & Ryan
Camila & Ryan says “Good organic food option. The dinner is pricey so definitely encourage to hit the lunch as it's pre...” ·
22. Riva Grill On the Lake
900 Ski Run Boulevard
65local recommendations
Camila & Ryan
Camila & Ryan says “They have a good happy hour here as well. Try their signature cocktail (The Wet Woody) but not too ...” ·
23. Tahoe Central Market
8487 N Tahoe Blvd
47local recommendations
Monica & Matt
Monica & Matt says “Part gourmet grocery store, part juice shop, part ridiculously-killer-sandwich shop. This little st...” ·
24. Tahoe City
65local recommendations
Lee says “Tahoe City is approximately 15 minutes away. Like many of the towns the surround the Lake, it's quai...” ·
25. Log Cabin Caffe and Ice Cream
8692 North Lake Boulevard
66local recommendations
Tamara Gigi
Tamara Gigi says “Best Pancakes in the World~! Drive over to North Lake Tahoe...enjoy an early breakfast and then ta...” ·
26. West Shore Cafe and Inn
5160 West Lake Boulevard
61local recommendations
Paul says “Upscale bar+restaurant with lakefront views. Outdoor patio in the summertime. Afternoon s'mores ...” ·
27. Raley's
4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd
57local recommendations
Gerry & Phil
Gerry & Phil says “Walking distance if you are a walker. But if you are buying a lot, bring something to carry it back...” ·
28. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
111 Country Club Drive
55local recommendations
Melissa says “Need to relax and pamper yourself? Book a treatment at the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt. You'll have ...” ·
29. Montbleu Resort, Casino and Spa
57local recommendations
Gerry & Phil
Gerry & Phil says “Casino, Restaurants, Shopping. Use to have a good breakfast deal. Don't know if its still around” ·