North Lake Tahoe is a community that works together to insure its future, from the businesses in town to the tourism organizations and the Chamber of Commerce. Combining their resources and talents, residents of North Lake Tahoe work to make it a great place to live and make it a premiere vacation spot for people from all over the United States.
With around three million visitors each year, the Tahoe Basin is one of the most awe inspiring areas to come, winter or summer, spring or fall, with skiing, tours, museums, and other activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you’re coming to spend a great vacation time here, or planning a move, North Lake Tahoe welcomes you. You’ll feel like family here from the minute you get here. By the end of your vacation, you’ll be making plans for the next one or even calling your Realtor to find you the home of your dreams!
History of Lake Tahoe
With the onset of the California Gold Rush in 1849, the passes to the north and south of the Basin saw a massive influx of pioneers coming to make their fortune. The first road to be carved directly across the mountain was the East-West road, also known as the “Bonanza Road” built after the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Load, today known as Highway 50. With the discovery of the richest silver deposit known in the U.S., Virginia City went from a small town to a bustling metropolis of 20,000, helping gain Nevada its statehood and bringing wealth and culture to the area.
By 1868, the western section of the transcontinental rail road was complete and extended the Central Pacific Railroad via the Donner Pass. Parts of the line can still be seen today from Highway 80, an impressive feat of engineering, holding on to granite walls, passing through tunnels that protected the train from the winter weather.
By the late 19th century, Lake Tahoe had become a popular vacation spot for the wealthy of San Francisco, thanks to the buzz of the area created by the rail road stops through the Sierras. Exposed to the wonder and beauty of the mountains and the lakes, more and more visitors came for their summer vacations.
Guests of the resorts that were built would take the South Pacific rail way from San Francisco to the Lake Tahoe Railway and Tahoe City, where they would settle into one of the resorts or lodges around the lake.
Today, tourism is the main source of income for North Lake Tahoe and visitors are always welcome! To learn more about the history of North Lake Tahoe, visit: http://www.gotahoenorth.com/about-tahoe/tahoe-history-and-facts
Lake Tahoe Attractions & Activities
The Thunderbird Lodge The Thunderbird Lodge is one of the last and best examples of a great residential estate on Lake Tahoe from the period in which prominent San Francisco society built homes on the lake.
Tahoe Maritime Museum Featuring boats and artifacts from the late 19th century to the present as well as interactive displays, the Museum offers a variety of engaging experiences for all ages. Young visitors learn about boats, design their own model rafts, tie knots and play on the Kids Porch. Others also enjoy the magnificent exhibits that explore the people, stories, places and vessels of Tahoe from yesteryear to the present in addition to guided tours and a comfortable reading area.
Water Sports Choose from Parasailing, jet skis, wave runner, canoes, waterskiing, catamaran tours and fishing charters. There’s always a jet ski, a canoe or anything you could want to try your hand at around North Lake Tahoe.
For a complete listing of attractions and activities in North Lake Tahoe, visit: http://www.gotahoenorth.com/events-and-activities
Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation
For whatever you love, the parks around North Lake Tahoe can help! Rent a Paddle Board, parasail, check out the hiking trails or bring a picnic and just relax in this pristine setting, anything is possible! For a complete list of parks and their amenities, visit: http://www.tahoesbest.com/Places/parkbeach.htm#North
Lake Tahoe Events Calendar
Lake Tahoe brings in some of the best music acts, festivals, and events. If you are going to be in Tahoe make sure to look into whats going on while you are here as you might be surprised by how many awesome events take place each week in Lake Tahoe!