My 22 year old daughter and myself will be driving from SF area on a Wednesday, early October, probably heading through Sacramento and taking Hwy 50 as that seems to be a scenic route to Lake Tahoe.
Our family visited Lake Tahoe in 2000, coming from Yosemite and drove the lake ring for a day and did the beautiful downhill hike and back to Vikingsholm. My memory is a little shaky on the rest of the drive. I remember stopping in one of the cute towns, but don't remember which one on the Lake? Maybe Tahoe City?
We will get into the Lake Tahoe area late afternoon, spend the night and head out to I 80 towarts Salt Lake City sometime late the next day.
Several questions. If we are coming in Hwy 50, what would be the best itinerary and direction of travel for us for aft and next day? I'm thinking we would want to see Taylor Creek in case there are bears there for the salmon, Maybe park at Eagle Falls and hike up to falls and then maybe do the hike again down to Vikingsholm as my daughter doesn't remember it very well, Maybe see the sand harbor area? We like to kayak, but not sure if that's running or we would have time.
If we come in and do some of that, what part of the Lake do we stay for the night? I'm sure we will need to do most of it in the morning as darkness will be fast approaching.
We're not much interested in casinos and hotel or cabin or something about $100 would be great. Can do more $ if needed.
Don't need resort feel for so short a stay.
Fun places to eat? where on the map/itinerary? Dinner? Lunch? or we can picnic for lunch.
Then is the best route back to I 80 to SLC , Carson City to Reno and then East or Carson City to Fernley area and then East?
Thanks. I would just not like to double back too much and your help is appreciated! I can't wait to see Lake Tahoe again!