Planning a trip to North Lake Tahoe but only have a couple of days to spare? No problem! We’ve created the ultimate two day itinerary to take you all over North Lake Tahoe! Whether you’re planning a weekend away for just the grown-ups or a quick family trip, we’ve got you covered! Discover all the very best of the region with our customizable itineraries! 

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Two Day North Lake Tahoe Itinerary for Adults

Day 1

Morning: Kings Beach

Start your day with breakfast at Spindleshanks: Enjoy a classic, hearty breakfast at this upscale restaurant where you can find options like delicious pancakes, savory omelets and creamy eggs Benedict.

Kayak or Paddleboard at Kings Beach State Recreation Area: Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the serene waters of Lake Tahoe. The beach here offers stunning views and clear waters perfect for a morning paddle!

Midday: Tahoe Vista

Lunch at Jason’s Beachside Grille: Head to Jason’s for a delightful lunch with views of the lake with fresh seafood and gourmet sandwich options.

Hike the Tahoe Rim Trail: Pick up a segment of the Tahoe Rim Trail from Tahoe Vista. This hike offers breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains, perfect for summer adventures.

Afternoon: Incline Village

Relax at Sand Harbor Beach: Hop over the border to spend the afternoon lounging at one of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful beaches. The clear, turquoise waters and sandy shores make it a perfect spot for sunbathing and swimming.

Visit the Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site: Take a guided tour of this historic estate, learning about its colorful history and enjoying its scenic grounds.

Evening: Truckee

Dinner at Pianeta Ristorante: Head to Truckee for a fine dining experience at Pianeta Ristorante. Enjoy Italian cuisine in a romantic, rustic setting.

Nightcap at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats: End your night with a cocktail and live music at Moody’s, a lively spot known for its vibrant nightlife and great atmosphere.

Day 2

Morning: Donner Lake

Breakfast at Donner Lake Kitchen: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at this beloved brunch spot on the edge of the lake!

Boat Rental on Donner Lake: Head to Donner Lake Watersports for a fun morning on the water! Rent a speedboat or sea doo to explore this incredible lake. 

Midday: Olympic Valley

Lunch at Rocker Restaurant: Enjoy a casual lunch with a view at Rocker Restaurant in Palisades Tahoe! This fun, casual bistro has great appies, meals and a full bar! 

Aerial Tram Ride at Palisades Tahoe: Take the aerial tram up to High Camp for spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. At the top, you can hike or simply enjoy the panoramic views.

Afternoon: Northstar California

Wine Tasting at The Village at Northstar: Spend your afternoon exploring The Village at Northstar, where you can indulge in wine tasting and boutique shopping.

Mountain Biking: For the adventurous, rent a mountain bike and hit the trails at Northstar California Resort. The resort offers trails for all skill levels and beautiful scenery.

Evening: Tahoe City

Dinner at Christy Hill: Head down from Palisades Tahoe to Tahoe City and enjoy a dinner with a spectacular view at Christy Hill!

Sunset Stroll at Skylandia Park: End your day with a relaxing walk along the beach as the sun sets over Lake Tahoe, casting beautiful colors across the water.

Two Day Itinerary for Families

Day 1

Morning: Tahoe Vista

Breakfast at Pep’s Place: Start your day with a delicious, hearty, on-the-go breakfast!

Rent Bikes and cycle in North Tahoe Regional Park: Explore the scenic trails of North Tahoe Regional Park on two wheels! You’ll find many places to stop for a picnic where you can enjoy your breakfast and playgrounds where your kids can play! 

Midday: Kings Beach

Lunch at Las Panchitas: With delicious meals and options for kids of all ages, you can fill up on tacos, burritos or bring them with you to the beach for a delicious, casual lunch!

Beach Time at Kings Beach State Recreation Area: Spend the afternoon building sandcastles and swimming at Kings Beach. The shallow, warm waters make it perfect for young children!

Afternoon: Incline Village

Visit the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center: Engage in interactive exhibits and learn about Lake Tahoe’s unique ecology at this kid-friendly science center!

Mini Golf at Kings Beach Miniature Golf: Have some family fun with a round of mini-golf at this charming, old-school course.

Evening: Truckee

Dinner at Jax at the Tracks: Enjoy a dinner at this classic American diner! The retro vibe and massive menu filled with kid-friendly favorites is always a hit with kids and adults!

After Dinner playtime at Truckee River Children’s Playground: End your day with a fun playground trip and some fresh air on the banks of the Truckee River! 

Day 2

Morning: Donner Lake

Breakfast at Smokey’s Kitchen: Begin your day with a delicious breakfast in Tahoe Donner! 

Donner Memorial State Park: Visit the Emigrant Trail Museum and take a short hike to learn about the history of the Donner Party. Kids will enjoy the interactive exhibits and running around exploring the park.

Midday: Olympic Valley

Lunch at Fireside Pizza Company: Head to Olympic Valley for lunch at Fireside Pizza Company! With wood-fired pizzas, perfect for sharing, you’re sure to find something for everyone! 

KidZone Museum: Spend some time at the KidZone Museum in Truckee. This interactive museum is great for younger children, offering a variety of exhibits and play areas.

Afternoon: Northstar California

Village Activities: Take the family on a scenic gondola ride then learn how to downhill bike, go rollerblading and more!

Gondola Ride and Family Hike: Enjoy a stunning gondola ride and then find lots of easy hike options for families with kids of all ages to conquer!

Evening: Incline Village

Dinner at Austin’s Restaurant: Enjoy a family dinner at Austin’s Restaurant, known for its comfort food and welcoming atmosphere.

Summer Sunsets at Burnt Cedar Beach: End your day enjoying the stunning colors of sunset over the Lake! Burnt Cedar Beach offers picnic areas and a safe environment for an evening by the water.

No matter what you’re hoping to do while you’re in North Lake Tahoe, these itineraries are designed to provide a balanced mix of adventure, relaxation, and fun, ensuring a memorable Lake Tahoe experience for both adults and families. You can mix and match the activities to make your dream Lake Tahoe holiday a reality!