Driving Around Lake Tahoe

16th April, 2019

Want fun places to visit on a Day Trip in Lake Tahoe?  Take a ride around the lake!  Visit here to find out all of the iconic spots to stop along the way!


Emerald Bay

Whether you have the kids with you or you’re riding around with friends, this epic experience is a unique road trip experience. 

Imagine this; two states, 4 counties, 16 cities, 72 miles and you can do all of this in about 3 hours. We recommend you make a day out of it, and here’s why!

If you are leaving from the parking lot of Hotel Azure Tahoe take a right to start your journey around beautiful Lake Tahoe. 

Here’s a tip:  When you leave Hotel Azure Tahoe make a right onto Lake Tahoe Boulevard and head East toward Sand Harbor and Incline Village.  When you see the sign for Hwy 28, turn left.   

The first leg of your trip will lead you along the Nevada shores of Lake Tahoe’s pristine beaches and amazing pine trees. As you approach Incline Village you will see golf courses, small village shops, and incredible restaurants.  One of the locals’ favorites is the Lone Eagle Grille and offers an elegant dining experience is one of the best choices in North Lake Tahoe. It is a fantastic place to stop and explore. 

Just another four miles and you will reach the famous Crystal Bay Casino, established in 1929. This historic place stretches over both California and Nevada, allowing you to gamble on one side and not on the other.  This famous location shares almost a 90-year history of legendary musicians, politicians, and countless actors; it is even said Marilyn Monroe and JFK used to frequent shows here in the summers.

Photo: Jessica Payne

Just 11 miles past Crystal Bay you will enter a famous mountain town of joy and fun, called Tahoe City and make sure you don't miss the historic Watson Log Cabin, built in 1908.  If you are craving a specialty drink or dessert, don’t forget to stop by Tahoe House Bakery & Gourmet.   

By now, you are more than half way around the lake and the views keep getting better and better.  Just 18 miles past Tahoe City is Emerald Bay State Park.  One of the most photographed spots in all of Lake Tahoe and you can take a hike down to Vikingsholm, or stay at the top for one of the best sunsets in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

Always check the road conditions for unexpected closures and snow reports, but typically during the Spring all roads around Lake Tahoe are open and clear. When you have finished cruising the 72-mile shoreline around beautiful Lake Tahoe, make sure to rest up in our comfortable plush beds while reviewing all the great photos you captured on your adventure, because there is more fun and adventures lined up tomorrow! Book online or contact our in-house reservation team at 1.800.877.1466