This is what a visit to Lake Tahoe is all about, as you ascend 2,000 feet above the largest alpine lake in all of North America. Once you get to the top -- at 8,250 feet above sea level -- you'll witness panoramic vistas guaranteed to take your breath away. The sapphire-blue sparkle of the lake below and the majestic rise of the mountains beyond combine to create a dramatic effect that has inspired visitors for over a hundred years.
Welcome aboard Lake Tahoe's finest tour vessel, the Tahoe Queen. Set sail year-round on our authentic Mississippi paddle wheeler for a view of incomparable scenic beauty-majestic snowcapped mountains, glacier carved Emerald Bay, unique Vikingsholm Castle, spectacular Eagle Falls, Mysterious Cave Rock, even underwater viewing from the glass-bottom. Marvel at tales of Tahoe legend as told by the captain and crew. Or view the intriguing on-board video, "The Mysteries Beneath Lake Tahoe." All cruises offer narration, music, a full cocktail and luncheon bar and dinner menu selection. All food is freshly prepared on board in the Queen's galley.
Tahoe's original paddle wheeler company presents numerous cruises: Emerald Bay; sunset dinner/dance; Emerald Bay sightseeing/dinner; champagne brunch; and historic Glenbrook breakfast cruise. Celebrating their 25th year of operation, with the state-of-the-art M.S. Dixie II, Tahoe's newest and largest paddle wheeler, their commitment to providing the best possible experience for their customers is stronger than ever. View the Dixie produced "Sunken Treasures of Lake Tahoe" underwater video, shown at no extra charge on all daytime cruises, enjoy the fine fare prepared to order in the galley and most of all, feel like a very special guest on a very special cruise.
This is truly a "one-of-a-kind" adventure. Follow your guide as you power a 4-wheel drive All-Terrain-Vehicle over the world famous Rubicon Trail. A variety of tours are available ranging from easy - beginner outings to very challenging rugged terrain adventures. The Rubicon Trail is one of the most rugged and most challenging trails in the entire United States - perhaps the entire world. Even though it has a rough and tough personality, it unveils the untouched beauty of nature's wonders. Privileged few will ever encounter the majesty of the glacial remnants found in the Desolation Wilderness Outback.
Enjoy camping under tall pines with Echo Creek rushing nearby and surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Mountains. Samuel Clements was traveling in 1861 when he first viewed Lake Tahoe. He later wrote as Mark Twain, "It must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords."
Travel to the most famous silver boomtown. This was once the second largest and most important city on the West Coast, and was made famous by TV show, "Bonanza." Known as "The World's Liveliest Ghost Town", Virginia City is a historic mining camp on the great Comstock Lode. It is a National Historical Landmark.
Scene of the 1960 VII Winter Olympics, this is an interesting drive. Summer at Squaw Valley is crystal blue skies, wildflowers, clear warm days and cool evenings filled with fun activities for the whole family. Rising from the valley floor, the Cable Car ascends two thousand vertical feet to the mountaintop paradise, High Camp Bath and Tennis Club, elevation 8,200 feet, the Eighth wonder of the World. At this amazing facility, you can ice skate on an Olympic size outdoor rink, play tennis on one of six courts, ride horseback, mountain bike, spike a volleyball on one of six sand courts, bungee jump, walk through the Olympic Museum, relax poolside, meander through meadows filled with alpine wildflowers or just lounge in the sun and enjoy the view. There is a full schedule of summer special events, from arts and craft festivals to bicycle races, outdoor games, live music, picnics and more.
Wild Island is a breathtaking world of full-tilt family fun. Do you crave summer fun that's as cool as it is hot? Come splashdown with eight awesome aquatic adventures. Daredevil downhill rides, thrilling serpentine slides, a state-or-the-art wave pool, even a little lagoon for small fry. Golf on two 18-hole miniature courses that offer challenges that range from the magical to the mystical, from the spooky to the kooky. Or, let the raceway put you on the fast track with three thrill-a-minute courses. A mini track featuring novelty electric cars for tiny tots, a midsize track with small gas powered Formula K cars, and a big track featuring adult-sized gas powered Formula K cars.
The capital of Nevada features historical landmarks, a museum showing the history of Nevada and a full-scale replica of mine operations. There are numerous other museums and attractions to visit in Carson City.