Lake Tahoe Loop, California / Nevada

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Lake Tahoe Loop

Taking the Lake Tahoe Loop around beautiful Lake Tahoe offers non-stop scenic views, a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities and a relaxing respite from a hectic vacation itinerary.

  • Enjoy non-stop scenic views on the Lake Tahoe Loop
  • The entire drive is 74.1 miles (2 hours and 15 minutes)
  • Take a 10-mile biking adventure to Tahoe City from Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Bring your camera to get some shots of Emerald Bay
  • Try your luck in Stateline’s casinos


Driving the Lake Tahoe Loop gives you a wonderful drive that introduces you to the beauty and wonder of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As you go you’ll hug the shores of this pristine mountain lake, with plenty of stops for some exciting adventures.

Driving Directions

From the north you can access the Tahoe Loop from Highway 267, where it joins with Highway 28 in Kings Beach. Take 28 south along the western shore of the lake. It turns into Highway 89 as it moves south. At South Lake Tahoe, you will take US Highway 50 north to where it intersects with Highway 28. Take 28 once again, north this time and you will soon be back where you started, in Kings Beach.


The entire roundtrip mileage of this drive is 74.1 miles and takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes to make the trip.


  • Sugar Pine Point State Park
    Visit the Ehrman Mansion, a 1903 home, stop by the wildlife exhibits at the preserve or hike the many trails. You can even go on a 10-mile biking excursion to Tahoe City.
  • DL Bliss State Park
    Here you will find Rubicon Point Light, the highest lighthouse in the US. Another interesting sight is the balancing rock near the west edge of the park.
  • Emerald Bay State Park
    Stop at the overlook to get the best views of lovely Emerald Bay. All the views around the park are absolutely stunning.
  • South Lake Tahoe
    Shop the fashionable boutiques, browse the art galleries or play golf. In the evening, enjoy many clubs and live entertainment. This mountain town has everything you could desire.
  • Stateline, Nevada
    Need to satisfy your gambling urge? In Stateline, you’ll find 24-hour casinos, as well as plenty of entertainment and nightlife.
  • Lake Tahoe State Park
    For access to the lake along the east shore, Lake Tahoe State Park is the best. Enjoy Sand Harbor, with its lovely beaches. Launch a boat for a day out on the water. You can also hike into the backcountry, and you’ll find some camping in the area as well.