Drive the 72 Miles Around Lake Tahoe

After our five hour dinner at the Ritz Carlton and a good nights sleep, we woke up refreshed and ready to explore Lake Tahoe in Northern California. I wanted to make the 72 mile drive around the lake, or rather, I wanted Peter to chauffeur me as I snugly sat in the passenger seat. A prime viewing location. I had heard it would take three hours to make the trek, depending on how much time you spent at each stop.

Judging from the below 40 degree weather, most of this trips sightseeing would be done from the car window.

The 72 Mile Drive Around Lake Tahoe

The 72 Mile Drive Around Lake Tahoe

Our cabin was a short walk to Kings Beach and this was the perfect place to start our tour. The calm waters begged for some rock skipping, but my fingers were frozen and my stone throwing skills were rusty.

The 72 Mile Drive Around Lake Tahoe

Next on the tour was Sand Harbor, which is one of the most popular beaches in Lake Tahoe, but not today. The white sand was free of bikini-clad bodies or musicians playing on the concert stage. I could imagine how lively it must be in the summertime and took note to return here when the temperature climbs another forty degrees.

I couldn’t resist getting out of the car at Camp Richardson for some pine cone hunting. And was rewarded handsomely.

These beautiful Aspen Trees lined the Lake Tahoe South Shore, marking our halfway point.

I risked hypothermia in my fingers to see the salmon run at Taylor Creek. And though all of my ten digits survived, it would have been worth losing one or two.

At an elevation of 9,735 feet, Mt. Tallac had glimpses of snow on its peaks. Because I was sans mittens or any proper cold-weather gear, I was happy to be viewing the snow from a distance.

The view from Inspiration Point made me want to park the car and have a minor make-out session in the back seat. That would have warmed me right up.

Our last stop was a stunner, Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. Fannette is the only island found in Lake Tahoe.

I stood, outside of the car, trying to capture all of its beauty, for a moment forgetting the chill in the wind, my chapped lips or numb ears.

How long was the drive around Lake Tahoe?

After a three and a half hour excursion around the lake, we got back in the car, turned the heat on full blast and headed North for dinner.

Note to self: Next time bring mittens, earmuffs and a scarf to Lake Tahoe.

Have you ever been to Lake Tahoe?

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13 thoughts on “Drive the 72 Miles Around Lake Tahoe”

  1. I have not been to Lake Tahoe…but your pictures make me want to go! Do you go by any of the ski resorts on that drive or are they in another location?

  2. We did Lake Tahoe in August when it was closer to 90 degrees – it was really warm then! Emerald Bay is beautiful, we did a cruise there on our visit which we really enjoyed.

  3. You should never return and leave this place to the locals. All we want to do is run tourists like you the off the road for making our drives miserable. Go home and stay home no one wants you here!
    Thanks Brian

  4. Wow, driving the 72-mile loop around Lake Tahoe sounds like an incredible adventure! The scenic beauty and breathtaking views must be absolutely mesmerizing. Can’t wait to experience it firsthand!

    • I’m so glad you’re excited about the Lake Tahoe adventure! It truly is a breathtaking experience with stunning views at every turn. Get ready for an unforgettable journey. Safe travels, and enjoy every moment of the scenic beauty around Lake Tahoe!


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