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Things To Do in the Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Activities Overview

Sierra Nevada

Fun things to do in the Sierra Nevada include snow skiing, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking and more activities. Hit the trail on a mountain bike, rent a boat for fishing or soar hundreds of feet high in a hot air balloon. Three of the most popular regions of the Sierra Nevada include Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes. Whether it be a backwoods adventure or leisure time on a recreational lake, the California Sierra Nevada have plenty of fun activities.

Things To Do in Lake Tahoe

Float over Lake Tahoe or the Carson Valley in a hot air balloon. Flights over Lake Tahoe actually depart from and land on a specially modified boat. The 'Tahoe Flyer' is the only boat of its kind and functions like a mini-aircraft carrier. Enjoy a breakfast on the lower deck as you are transported to an upwind launch site on the lake. Flights are approximately 1-hour and end with a champagne toast. Tahoe Flyer departs from the Tahoe Keys Marina at the intersection of Highways 50 & 89 in South Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe Balloons
Tahoe Keys Marina
Tahoe Keys Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(800) 872-9294

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Parasailing over Lake Tahoe, photo courtesy of Zephyr Cove Resort

Parasail over Lake Tahoe from one of several locations around the lake. View the Mediterranean blue waters of Lake Tahoe like few others have ever seen them. Take off and land safely from the deck of a para sail boat.

Zephyr Cove Resort - East Shore
760 U.S. Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
(775) 589-4906
Map  |   Website

Ski Run Boat Rentals - South Shore
Ski Run Marina
900 Ski Run Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 544-0200
Map  |   Website

Action Watersports - South Shore
3411 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, California 96158
(530) 544-5387
Map  |   Website

North Shore Parasail - North Shore
8290 North Lake Boulevard
Kings Beach, California 96148
(530) 546-7698
Map  |   Website

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Wisk across Lake Tahoe on one of several charters available around the lake. Catch the brisk Sierra Nevada winds and glide across Lake Tahoe. Head to destinations like the historic Thunderbird Lodge, Emerald Bay, or cruise the open waters. Some charters provide drinks and appetizers. Be sure to bring a jacket and your sense of adventure.

Woodwind II - East Shore
Zephyr Cove Resort
760 U.S. Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
(775) 589-4906
Map  |   Website

Sierra Cloud - North Shore
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa & Casino
111 Country Club Drive
Incline Village, Nevada 89450
(775) 832 1234
Map  |   Website

Tahoe Sailing Charters - North Shore
Tahoe City Marina
700 N. Lake Boulevard
Tahoe City, California 96146
(530) 583-6200
Map  |   Website

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M.S.Dixie II

Meander across Lake Tahoe aboard the Tahoe Gal, M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen. Enjoy panoramic views from anywhere inside, the outdoor upper deck, or follow the bottom of Emerald Bay through a glass-bottom viewing table. Tours depart several times daily - weather permitting.

Tahoe Gal - West Shore
Port Lighthouse Marina
952 N. Lake Boulevard
Tahoe City CA, 96145
(800) 218-2464
Map  |   Website

M.S. Dixie II - East Shore
Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina
760 Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
(800) 238-2463
Map  |   Website

Tahoe Queen - South Shore
Ski Run Marina
900 Ski Run Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(800) 238-2463
Map  |   Website

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Tahoe dinner cruise - image provided by Zephyr Cove Resort

Cruise along the shores of Lake Tahoe aboard luxury yachts and paddlewheel boats. Sip champagne, sample hors d'oeuvres and dine on entrees like Alaskan salmon medallions, roast turkey breast, Angus beef top sirloin, macadamia-crusted mahi-mahi and more. Cruises depart at dusk each night from several marinas surrounding Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe Gal - West Shore
Port Lighthouse Marina
952 N. Lake Boulevard
Tahoe City CA, 96145
(800) 218-2464
Map  |   Website

M.S. Dixie II - East Shore
Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina
760 Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
(800) 238-2463
Map  |   Website

Tahoe Queen - South Shore
Ski Run Marina
900 Ski Run Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(800) 238-2463
Map  |   Website

Blue Wave - East Shore
Round Hill Pines Marina
325 Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
(866) 413-0985
Map  |   Website

Tahoe Cruises - West Shore
Tahoe Keys Marina
Tahoe Keys Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(888) 867-6394
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Cruise the waters of Lake Tahoe aboard a luxury yacht. Moor up to one of several shoreline restaurants offering valet boat docking. Join some of your closest friends and family for a memorable high-class experience. Captain and crew are ready to take you wherever you want to go on the lake.

The Party Boat - West Shore
Tahoe Keys Marina
Tahoe Keys Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(888) 542-2111
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Hop aboard a vintage GarWood or Chris Craft boat and cruise across the lake in style to one of many interesting destinations. These pristine wooden vessels were made during the 30's, 40's and 50's and have been maintained in immaculate condition. Destinations include the Kaiser Estate (set of Godfather II), Thunderbird Lodge, Emerald Bay and Sugar Pine Point. Depart from Gar Woods Restaurant for 1 to 3 hours depending on the tour selected.

Vintage Tahoe Tours
Gar Woods Restaurant
5000 North Lake Boulevard
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
(877) 343-1921

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Blast across Lake Tahoe from South Shore to Emerald Bay in a thrilling high-speed boat. Witness the crystal-clear waters of Emerald Bay and the historic Vikingsholm.

Action Watersports - South Shore
3411 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, California 96158
(530) 544-5387

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Follow the astoundingly picturesque Truckee River along River Road (Highway 89). This paved bike trail starts in Tahoe City and follows the river all the way down to Reno, Nevada and beyond. The Tahoe portion of the trail is very popular and can be crowded with visitors who walk, bike, roller blade, jog and fish. Parking is available at several lots and pullouts along the way.

Truckee River Bike Path
W. River Road (Highway 89)
Tahoe City, California 96145

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Mountain biking options are plentiful in the Tahoe region. Choose from the renowned Flume Trail to the downhill-only tracks at one of the local ski resorts. The Tahoe Rim Trail follows the peaks encompassing Lake Tahoe. Some portions of the TRT are open to mountain bikers. The Flume Trail parallels the TRT on the east side of the lake and is known for its superb views. Shuttle service is available for the 13.5-mile, one-way rides from Spooner Lake. Northstar-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood ski resorts offer mountain biking as a summer option. Ride the ski lifts with your bike in-tow and cruise back down.

Tahoe Rim Trail
760 Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
(800) 238-2463
Website

Flume Trail
760 Highway 50
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
(800) 238-2463
Website

Northstar-at-Tahoe
100 Northstar Drive
Truckee, California 96161
(800) 466-6784
Map  |   Website

Kirkwood Mountain Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Kirkwood, California 95646
(209) 258-6000
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Soar Truckee offers seasonal glider plane flights from the Truckee, Auburn and Lincoln airports. Soar silently through the sky for up to 30 minutes while taking in views of Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake and the western Sierras. Gliders are motorless planes that are towed by another plane using a cable. Once altitude is achieved, the tow cable is released setting the glider free in the wind.

Soar Truckee
13184 Sailplane Way
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-6702

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North Tahoe Adventures offers an Aerial Adventure Park at the Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge in Tahoe City. Strap on the climbing harnesses and helmets and enjoy the thrill of this Treetop Adventure Park complete with bridges and zip lines anywhere from 15 to 50 feet in the air. Over 50 bridges & platforms cater to all ages and abilities include Monkey Courses and Flying Squirrel Courses for ages 5+.

North Tahoe Adventures
Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge
725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145
(530) 581-7563

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Tahoe Adventure Company is located off North Lake Boulevard (Hwy 28). They offer a multitude of outdoor adventure tours from kayak tours, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) tours, mountain bike tours, hiking tours, rock climbing tours and more. Join a guide who can take you to Tahoe's most picturesque spots.

Tahoe Adventure Company
7010 N. Lake Blvd
Tahoe Vista, CA 96148
(530) 913-9212

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Things To Do in Yosemite

Snowshoeing is available throughout Yosemite National Park and rentals are available at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Cross-Country Center or the Mountaineering Center in Half Dome Village. Yosemite Valley is a great place to try snowshoes for the first time.

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Yosemite Park offers world-class rock climbing. The park has options from climbing up the backsides of domes to scaling the faces of Half Dome and El Capitan. Equipment can be found at the Yosemite Mountain Shop in Half Dome Village or the Tuolumne Meadows Mountaineering School.

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Four pilots are permitted to hang glide at one time over Yosemite Valley. Aircraft must be class 1 and 2 non-powered gliders. Soar 7,000 feet above the valley floor sweeping past Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and many more Yosemite Park landmarks. Jumping point is near Glacier Point.

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Jump on a river raft and enjoy a refreshing cool down in the Merced River during the summer months. Bring your own raft or rent one at the Half Dome Village Recreation Center and return via shuttle bus. Typical season is from May to July but can change due to fluctuating water levels from year to year.

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Yosemite Valley features 12-miles of paved trail and virtually flat terrain for just about anyone to enjoy. Bring your own bike or rent one from either Half Dome Village at the recreation center or the Yosemite Valley Lodge. Bikes are available for the handicapped including a tandem bike for the blind. Call to reserve (209) 372-4386.

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Endless backpacking options await in Yosemite Park. Choose from guided group trips, personalized guided trips or go it alone. For guided trips call (209) 372-8344 to reserve. If you're going it alone, obtain a wilderness permit from any of Yosemite Park's Wilderness Centers. In the winter they can be obtained at the Valley Visitor Center, Hill's Studio Porch, Big Oak Flat Info Station, Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station, Tuolumne Meadows Ski Hut and the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Ski Hut. Yosemite Park also offers 5 High Sierra Camps available by lottery only. They include dormitory-style tent cabins with two meals a day, and some have showers. Call (559) 253-5674 for more information and to enter the High Sierra Camp lottery. The Valley Visitor Center, Wawona Store and Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station rent bear canisters for proper food storage.

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Things To Do in Mammoth

Panorama Loop consists of 3 loops that span from the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center through Inyo National Forest, all the way north to Mono Lake. The Mammoth Mountain Resort converts from a ski hill in winter to a mountain bike park in summer. Ride the ski lift to the top of the mountain for an all downhill ride back down. Stop in to the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center off Highway 203 for more information on area mountain biking trails.

Panorama Loop
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center
2520 Main Street
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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Mammoth Mountain Resort
1 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(800) 626-6684
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Mammoth has two skate parks ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels.

  • Volcom Brothers Skate Park is located of Meridian Boulevard just a short distance from Highway 203. This park is for the experienced boarder and features a giant cradle, wall, bowl, love seat wall, lumps, humps, transfers and trannies.
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  • Shady Rest Skate Park is located north of Highway 203 on Sawmill Cutoff. This park is for all skill levels and features a pyramid, quarter pipe, rails and curbs.
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All Regions

Lakes are located throughout the Sierra Nevada. Whether it be a canoeing adventure on a small Alpine lake, fishing expedition on a well stocked lake or pleasure cruising on a large recreational lake like Tahoe, bring your own boat or rent one from a marina. MORE DETAILS


Kayak rentals, kayak tours and kayak lessons are available throughout the Sierra Nevada from Lake Tahoe to Lake Isabella. In addition to kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular activity. We also provide info for stand-up paddleboard rentals, paddleboard tours and paddleboard lessons. Peacefully explore the lakes of the Sierra Nevada. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe horseback riding - image provided by Zephyr Cove Resort

Horseback riding stables can be found throughout the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Sequoia and Lake Tahoe to Bishop. Find stables and pack stations for everything from half-hour beginner treks to multi-day pack trips into the vast wilderness. MORE DETAILS


Golf courses are situated throughout the Sierra Nevada from the shores of Lake Tahoe to the high country in Yosemite and the meadows of Mammoth. Set a record for your longest drive in the thin mountain air of one of these beautiful courses. MORE DETAILS


Snowmobile parks are available throughout the Tahoe and Mammoth regions. Several companies offer rentals, lessons and guided excursions. Choose from leisurely rides in open meadows to navigating dense forests to hard-to-reach scenic points. Many operators even offer nighttime rides during full moons. MORE DETAILS


photo courtesy of Squaw Valley

World-class ski resorts are located at more than a dozen mountains from Tahoe to Mammoth. Whether you're looking to make the drop on double-diamond Cornice or cruise the bunny slopes with views of Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada resorts are sure to please. MORE DETAILS


Ice rinks are open at several locations throughout the Sierra Nevada including Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Dodge Ridge Ski Resort and multiple ski resorts at Lake Tahoe. MORE DETAILS


Whitewater rafting is possible in several Sierra Nevada rivers. Join up with a river rafting outfitter and enjoy a family-friendly class III or a challenging class V with holes and falls. MORE DETAILS


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