72 mile Lake Tahoe Scenic Drive Take a leisurely drive around Lake Tahoe's shoreline, with each mile you travel providing a different view of the "fairest picture the whole world affords". Allow yourself plenty of time and take pleasure in stopping at the many spectacular observation points dotted along the route.

[North Shore, West Shore, South Shore, East Shore, Truckee, Mount Rose, Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Historic Nevada]


Cal-Neva Lodge G-13 Beautifully restored historic casino at Crystal Bay, straddling 2 state borders. Indian Room houses Washoe Indian historical display. (775) 832-4000.

Gatekeeper's Log Cabin I-9 Museum featuring a collection of early Tahoe memorabilia and Indian baskets. Next to Fanny Bridge at the "Y" in Tahoe City at William B. Layton Park. Free Admission (530) 583-1762.

Kings Beach Plaza G13 Beautiful new public park at the corner of Coon St. & Hwy. 28. Picnic & BBQ areas, public piers, playground and promenades.

Watson Cabin I-9 Built in 1909 by Robert Montgomery Watson, this living museum depicts life at Tahoe at the turn of the century. Tours are conducted by guides dressed in period costumes. Located on North Lake Blvd., across from the Family Tree in Tahoe City. Open noon to 4pm.

Fanny Bridge 1-9 Highway Bridge over the Truckee River at the "Y" in Tahoe City. Watch fish frolic below the gates of Lake Tahoe's only outlet.

Scenic Highway 431 Overlook F-15 This pull-out on the Mt. Rose Highway provides plaques pointing out major peaks and one of the best photo opportunities for a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe.

Squaw Valley H-7 The torch from the 1960 Olympics marks the entrance on Hwy. 89 to the scenic valley with its magnificent views, picturesque meadows, and meandering Squaw Creek.

Tahoe Tessie's Lake Tahoe Monster Museum G-12 Open July 1 thru mid Sept. at 8608 No. Lake Blvd. in King Beach Interesting exhibits, toys & gift shop. Daily appearances by costumed dinosaur. Fun for the whole family. FREE admission. (530) 546-8774.


Sugar Pine Point State Park M-10 Off Hwy. 89, one mile North of Meeks Bay. Pier, trails, camping. Tour the Ehrman Mansion and General Phipps Cabin. (530) 525-7982.

D.L. Bliss State Park P-10 Off Hwy. 89 between Emerald Bay and Meeks Bay. Beach, Trails, camping. (530) 525-7277.

Emerald Bay State Park P-11 Off Hwy. 89 at Emerald Bay. Beach, trails, boat camping, guided tours of Vikingsholm Castle in July and August. (530) 541-3030.

Vikingsholm Castle P-11 Authentic Scandinavian castle built in 1928, open for summer tours. Walk down 1 mile path.


Tallac Historic Site Q-11 74-acre site featuring Pope, Valhalla and McGonagle Estates. Art exhibits, weekend entertainment (see Calendar of Events). Kiva Picnic Area. Hwy. 89, South Lake Tahoe (530) 542-2787.

Washoe Indian Cultural Foundation Exhibit D-11 Located at the Tallac Historic Site, the display includes housing, artifacts and pictures. A short slide presentation is also offered.

Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber Q-11 U.S. Forest Service Facility off Hwy. 89, North of South Lake Tahoe. Watch annual run of the Kokanee Salmon in October. Amphitheater, nature talks by rangers. (530) 573-2600.

Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum Q-14 Historical photos, pioneer artifacts and Indian relics. Next to South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, Hwy. 50, SLT (530) 541-5458.


Sand Harbor State Park H-15 Beaches, Boat and auto parking, Boat launch. Off Hwy. 28, 4 miles south of Incline Village. (775) 831-0494.

Cave Rock M-14 200' tunnel on Hwy. 50 penetrates this spot once held scared by Washoe Indians. Reputed to sit above the home of the legendary monster "Tahoe Tessie".


Historic Downtown Truckee C-18 Storefront facades and covered wooden walkways combine with many original Truckee buildings to provide historic atmosphere for shops, bars and restaurants.

Western American Ski Sport Museum D-4 Located at the Boreal Ridge Ski Area,this museum houses historical skiing exhibits spanning from the 1850's to the present. Vintage ski films are shown in the theatre. Open Wed - Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (530) 426-3313.

Donner Memorial State Park & Emigrant Trail Museum D-6 Museum features slide show of the 1846 ordeal of the Donner party. Park offers camping, boating, trails. (530) 587-3841.

Old Highway 40 Scenic Overlook D-5 Great photo opportunity, fantastic view of Donner Lake.

Sierra Nevada Children's Museum D-5 "Mtn. Home Construction" is the main exhibit. Wed. - Sat. 10am -4pm, 11400 Donner Pass Rd. Near 7-11. $3 admission. (530) 587-KIDS.


Reindeer Lodge C-18 On Mt. Rose Hwy., 11 miles up from Hwy 395, a free admission indoor/outdoor museum full of antiques and historical info. Fun browsing. (775) 849-9902.


Reno Arch A-19 Spanning casino row on Virginia Street, this glittering Reno landmark welcomes visitors to "The Biggest Little City in the World".

William F. Harrah Foundation National Automobile Museum A-19 Display of antique, vintage and classic automobiles. 10 Lake Street South,(775) 333-9300.

Fleischmann Planetarium A-19 Daily film and star shows, scheduled telescope viewing. North end of UNR campus.(775) 784-4811.

Rancho San Rafael Regional Park A-19 Less than one mile north of downtown Reno. A huge recreation area incorporating the Wilbur D. May Museum, the May Arboretum and the Great Basin Adventure for children. (775) 785-4319.

Wilbur D. May Museum & Arboretum A-19 Big game trophy heads, art objects and curios plus a simulated Amazon Rain Forest exhibit. The Arboretum features Northern Nevada vegetation. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1502 Washington Street. (775) 785-5961.

Great Basin Adventure A-19 1.3 acre animal attraction with children's petting zoo and log ride. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1502 Washington St. (775) 785-4064.

Sierra Nevada Museum of Art A-19 Art exhibit. 19th & 20th Century Great Basin Region. 549 Court St. (775) 329-3333.

Liberty Belle Saloon Slot Machine Collection A-19 Historic and antique slot machines. 4250 S. Virginia St. (775) 825-1776.

Nevada Historical Museum A-19 Fine Native American baskets and other Indian artifacts, mining antiques, research facilities, 13,000 square feet of Nevada history. Adjacent to UNR Campus.(775) 688-1191.


Wild Island A-20 Escape the heat at the region's newest theme park, Wild Waters. Waterslides, giant wave pool, fun for all ages. Adventure golf features 36 holes of themed miniature golf and a Formula K Raceway. Located at 1-80 East and Sparks Blvd.(775) 331-WILD.


Nevada State Railroad Museum I-19 22 22 pieces of rolling stock including four locomotives, plus restored freight and passenger cars. (775) 687-6953.

Bowers Mansion H-19 Historic two-story mansion built in 1864. On old US Hwy. 395, North of Carson.

Governor's Mansion I-19 Built in 1908, the Mansion is a tribute to colonial architecture. (775) 882-2333.

Rare Gold Collection I-19 Collection of natural gold formations, including leaf, wire, ribbon and thread gold. Carson City Nugget (775) 882-1626.

Nevada State Capitol Building I-19 Former chamber of the State Assembly and Senate featuring Alaskan marble halls. On Carson Street. (775) 687-5030.

Nevada State Museum I-19 Relics from early mining days, Indian artifacts, antique gaming devices, guns and more. Housed in old Carson Mint. (775) 687-4810.

Stewart Indian Museum K-20 On grounds of former non-reservation boarding school for Indians. Rare photographs, Indian memorabilia, artwork, jewelry, trading post. 3 miles south of Carson City just before Lake Tahoe US Hwy. 50 turnoff. (775) 882-1808.


Genoa O-17 Oldest settlement in Nevada. Includes brick courthouse built in 1865. Nevada's first fort and state's oldest bar, 15 minutes drive south of Carson City.

Virginia City D-21 "Liveliest Ghost Town in the West' Famous for gold and silver mining from 1857-1877. Colorful shops, museums and saloons, including world famous Delta, Silver Queen, and Bucket of Blood Saloons, the Chollar Mine, Mark Twain Museum, Piper Opera House and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. (775) 847-0311

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