Lake Tahoe: Self-Guided Driving Tour

4.2 / 5

11 reviews

Lake Tahoe: Self-Guided Driving Tour

From US$ 8 per person

Explore Lake Tahoe via a self-guided driving tour. Find out why the dazzlingly blue waters of Lake Tahoe have been named America’s most beautiful lake.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Valid 365 days
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Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Witness one of the most stunning lakes in America
  • Be surrounded by clear waters and majestic mountains
  • Admire the beautiful mansions that line the lake's coast
  • Hear the secrets buried deep within the lake
  • Learn about the lake’s past and present history
Full description
Explore your way on this self-guided driving tour of Lake Tahoe. See the entire lake and all the best vistas, hikes, and swimming spots using an app that functions as a guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enjoy a tour by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Begin your tour in Stateline on the southern shore. From there, take a clockwise loop around the lake. While driving, learn about the heated debate between California and Nevada over who technically owns the lake. Visit the summer home of a man who insisted people called his cabin the Vatican. Then, see a few more impressive homes along the shore, including some inspired by Viking longhouses. Next, visit Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe’s crown jewel. This bay offers stunning views of the water and the mountains beyond, as well as swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, and any other water activities you could want. If you’re in the mood for a waterfall, stop by the Eagle Falls trailhead to see the only waterfall that flows into the lake. Hear the spooky tale of how Lake Tahoe’s only island, Fannette, is supposedly haunted. As you continue, learn about the Washoe tribe who lived here long before any European explorers put it on a map. Next up, see Meeks Bay, a perfect white sand beach to catch some sun. Get the scoop on a presidential visit to the lake, famous residents who occupy the houses along the shore, and learn about the lake’s origins. Pay a visit to Carnelian Bay, where boat racing used to be a big deal in the '30s and '40s. Then, say hello to Kings Beach on the north shore, a perfect picnic spot with views that will make you feel like a royal yourself. Pass by the Cal Neva Casino next, which straddles the border between California and Nevada and was once owned by Frank Sinatra. See more stunning estates along the way. Then, learn about some of the area’s wildlife. Visit the Secret Cove, a perfect spot for those looking for some secluded serenity. Nearing the end of the tour, visit a 300-foot-high vista point for perfect photo opportunities. Conclude your tour by Cave Rock, a remnant of the lake’s most ancient history.
Includes
  • Self-guided tour taken via an app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access to the app
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience. There will be no guide waiting to meet you. The tour begins at the Tahoe South Visitor Center. Be sure to check your email BEFORE you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. If you have any questions, please visit ActionTourGuide.com/FAQ.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Charged Smartphone
  • * Your own vehicle
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one.
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person.
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app.
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists.
  • Most stops along the tour have hikes, historic homes, and waterfall views along the way.
  • This tour is valid forever - from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

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Great guide definitely a lot longer than the estimated time took me 2.5 hours to get through a quarter of it and I had to skip a lot due to no parking or parts being closed due to winter. I recommend starting early due to parking.

November 14, 2021

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