3 Day Trip to Lake Tahoe, Nevada


Day 1: Arrive in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, the second deepest lake in the United States, is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The scenic 72 mile drive around the lake is filled with public parks, beaches, and picnic areas to stop and enjoy the view.

Lake Tahoe Nevada

Staying near Incline Village, we drive to the highly recommended T’s Mesquite Rotisserie for dinner. Open 11:00am – 8:00pm every day serving burritos and tacos stuffed with fire roasted meats, this restaurant lives up to its expectations. Note: this restaurant does not accept credit cards. 

Alibi Ale Works

Alibi Works Brewery

Alibi Ale Works Production Brewery and Taproom is just across the street from T’s Mesquite Rotisserie. The second location in Truckee, California is a public house with experimental brewing and live music.

Day 2: Lake Tahoe, California

Squaw Valley Ski Resort

Squaw Valley Lake Tahoe

We awake early the next morning and drive to Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California. The host of the 1960 Winter Olympics was voted the number one ski resort in North America in 2016.

View from Ariel Tram

Taking the Aerial Tram to the High Camp ice skating rink, we have an uninterrupted view of the Sierra mountains and ski trails 2,000 feet below.

Ice Skating Squaw Valley

Unfortunately, due to record amounts of snow the winter of 2016/2017 the Olympic Ice Pavilion is now closed due to irreparable damage. High Camp is still worth a visit offering 2 dining options, a pool and hot tub, and Olympic Museum.

ice skating at squaw valley

The view of the snow covered mountains below from the ice pavilion is beautiful. As we skate around the rink, we are at the mercy of the wind. Power skating against the gust, we fight to reach the other end of the rink. Rounding the bend, the wind fiercely pushes us back to the other side.

View from Ice Skating Squaw Valley

After ice skating we visit The Village at Squaw Valley, a European-style collection of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. We warm up and enjoy a beer at Auld Dubliner Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company

tahoe mountain brewing co lake tahoe

While in California, we drive off the beaten path to Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company in Truckee. While enjoying our beer flight, we learn about their second location, Tahoe Mountain Brew Pub in Tahoe City, near Incline Village.

Traveling Gingerbread Note: Unfortunately the Brew Pub near Incline Village offering dinner and a great view of the sunset over Lake Tahoe is now closed.

Kings Beach State Recreation Area

kings beach

Located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe is the 979 feet picnic area, Kings Beach State Recreation Area.

A great lunch spot near Kings Beach is Char-PitThe family owned restaurant originally operated as a walk up hamburger stand opened in 1962. Now the small restaurant offers hamburgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and even a couple vegetarian friendly options. 

Day 3: Skiing

Diamond Peak Ski Resort

us at diamond peak. ski resort

Located in Incline Village, I.V. Coffee Lab is a great stop before driving only a few minutes to Diamond Peak Ski Resort. For beginner skiers, it is less crowded and the lift tickets are more affordable.

diamond peak ski resort

Although only 2 of the 27 trails are beginner level, the view of Lake Tahoe skiing down the Lodgepole Trail is amazing. The longest trail is just over 2 miles.

view of lake tahoe NV

If we had one more day, we would drive the 72 miles around the lake, instead we spend the evening packing our bags in preparation of our flight back to Pittsburgh tomorrow morning. 

February 2016

Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread offers realistic budget travel tips for full time employees, fun facts, and where to find the best craft beer.

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