• Gabriella Viola

15 things to do in South Lake Tahoe: The Ultimate Outdoor Guide!

Updated: May 10



After living in South LakeTahoe for almost two years, I wanted to put together a list of some of the best things to do in South Lake Tahoe. This post will mostly list outdoor locations and hikes and does not include any paid activities. With that, let's get into it! Here are 15 things to do in South Lake Tahoe: Your Ultimate Outdoor Guide!

1. Cave Rock

Cave Rock Tunnel hike in Lake Tahoe Nevada
The top of Cave Rock
Cave Rock Tunnel hike in Lake Tahoe Nevada

Cave Rock Tunnel is located off HWY 50 in South Lake Tahoe. This hike is short and easy, and great to do any time of the year. From the parking area, it takes about 10 minutes to hike to the base of Cave Rock, and then a little bit of rock scrambling to get to the top viewpoint. Once at the top, you'll get to enjoy stunning 180-degree views over South Lake Tahoe.

2. Zephyr Cove

Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe
Sunset at Zephyr Cove
Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe Nevada

Located off HWY 50 in South Lake Tahoe, Zephyr Cove had shoreline trails, prime views of the mountains, and several secluded little coves. There's quite a large stretch of shoreline, so it's pretty easy to have a section of the beach to yourself.


Zephyr Cove also happens to be one of my favorite locations to photograph the sunset in Lake Tahoe.

3. The Casinos


Casinos in Stateline South Lake Tahoe

There are four main casinos located in Stateline South Lake Tahoe. Even if you are like me, and you're not much of a gambler, the casinos are still worth checking out. You can grab a drink at one of the bars and there are quite a few restaurant options located within and around the casinos as well.

4. Heavenly Village

Heavenly Village in Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe is home to restaurants, shops, art galleries, and live music. In the winter, there's an ice skating rink and in the summer, there's miniature golf. This is also where you can take the gondola up Heavenly Mountain. This is something I haven't done yet, because at $60 bucks a ticket, I feel it's way too overpriced.

5. Valhalla Pier

Sunrise at Valhalla Pier in South Lake Tahoe California
Sunrise at Valhalla Pier
Sunrise at Valhalla Pier in South Lake Tahoe California

Located off HWY 89, Valhalla Pier is one of the few piers in South Lake Tahoe open to the public. This is a great spot to catch the sunset, and if your an early riser, visiting during sunrise is even better!

6. Fallen Leaf Lake

Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe California
Views of Mt. Tallac from Fallen Leaf Lake
Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe California

Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe is a picturesque alpine lake that features numerous hiking trails and stunning views of Mt Tallac in the background. My favorite time to visit this lake is in the spring when the mountains are still snow-capped.

7. Glen Alpine Falls

Glen Alpine Falls in the spring in South Lake Tahoe CaLifornia
Glen Alpine Falls in the spring
Glen Alpine Falls in the spring in South Lake Tahoe CaLifornia

Located towards the back of Fallen Leaf Lake Road, Glen Alpine Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Lake Tahoe. The best time to visit is in the spring. By late summer, the falls are pretty much down to a trickle.