Pacific Union’s Best Tahoe/Truckee Area Activities and Attractions

Skiers and snowboarders in the Bay Area still have at least a few weeks before they can hit their favorite slopes in the Tahoe/Truckee region. Meanwhile, those who want to squeeze in an autumn getaway in the Sierra Nevada region will find the weather temperate and the foliage fantastic.kayaker_tahoe_sm

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of fall activities to enjoy in the Tahoe region, be it a hike around the lake, a mountain-biking excursion, or a rafting trip on the Truckee River. But there are also plenty of restaurants, shops, and museums to entertain less-adventurous souls.

In either case, Pacific Union’s real estate professionals in the region are full-time residents, giving them unique insights into the best activities and attractions in the Tahoe area. So if you’re planning to head to the mountains on a weekend jaunt, perhaps one of these suggestions could help you fill out itinerary.

Downtown Truckee

This quaint town right off Interstate 80 features a main street with numerous shops,  restaurants, and outdoor dining options. Check out the train depot while you are visiting.
Address: Truckee

Emerald Bay

This National Natural Landmark provides stunning water and mountain views. Arrive by boat and tour Fannette Island, or hike roundtrip to Vikingsholm.
Address: Southwestern corner of Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Book a sunset cruise at the Tahoe City Marina; rent a speedboat, paddleboard, or kayak; or visit Obexter’s Marina for ice cream at the historic General Store.

Squaw Valley’s Cable Car

Travel up 2,000 vertical feet to the High Camp, where you can dine, skate, swim, or tour the Olympic museum. Visit the Village shops when you get back to lake level.
Address: 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley

Tahoe City

Stroll or bike on paths that wind up and down the West Shore, visit the Gatekeeper’s Museum with its historic Indian basket collection, or take a raft float down the Truckee River.
Address: Tahoe City

Tahoe Rim Trail

Hike for views, lakes, streams, wildlife, picnics, exercise, or  just to get out in glorious nature. Set out for a quick loop or backpack for weeks around the Rim Trail.
Address: Multiple entry points around Lake Tahoe

The Village at Northstar

This full-service resort offers shopping, restaurants, roller-skating, movies, spas, and more. A downhill mountain bike park will thrill anyone with a sense of adventure.
Address: 5001 Northstar Dr., Truckee

Thunderbird Lodge

This estate made of beautiful stone is known for its craftsmanship and the secret tunnels cut through solid granite. Take a side trip to Cal Neva Casino if you feel lucky!
Address: 5000 state Route 28, Incline Village, Nev., 89451


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