Lake Tahoe Self-Guided Driving Tour: Historic Exploration
19 Ratings
Embark on a self-guided driving tour of Lake Tahoe's historic sites and state parks. Explore the early community of Al Tahoe, visit the Tallac Historic Site, and enjoy optional hikes to Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls. Discover the rich history and natural beauty of Lake Tahoe on this engaging tour!
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • South Lake Tahoe - The tour takes place in South Lake Tahoe.
  • Camp Richardson Marina - The tour passes by the Camp Richardson Marina.
  • Tallac Historic Site - The tour passes by the Tallac Historic Site.
  • Inspiration Point Vista - The tour includes an optional stop at Inspiration Point Vista.
  • Vikingsholm - The tour passes by Vikingsholm.
  • Emerald Bay State Park - The tour passes by Emerald Bay State Park.
  • D.L. Bliss State Park - The tour passes by D.L. Bliss State Park.
  • Meeks Bay Beach - The tour passes by Meeks Bay Beach.
  • Sugar Pine State Park - The tour passes by Sugar Pine State Park.
  • Chambers Landing Bar and Restaurant - The tour passes by the Chambers Landing Bar and Restaurant.
  • Eagle Rock Hiking Trail - The tour passes by Eagle Rock Hiking Trail.
  • Gatekeeper’s Museum - The tour passes by the Gatekeeper’s Museum.
  • Tahoe City - The tour ends in Tahoe City.
What's Included
  • VoiceMap App for Android and iOS
  • Lifetime access to this tour in English
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
What's Not Included
  • Food and drink
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Transportation
Additional Information

Embark on a driving journey, taking in the grandeur of the Emerald Bay, Eagle Lake, D.L. Bliss, and Sugar Pine state parks, all nestled along the Western edge of Lake Tahoe.

As part of this expedition, delve into the historic roots of the Al Tahoe community, the illustrious Tallac Historic Site, and have a glimpse of three antiquated Tahoe summer abodes. The journey extends with optional hiking trails to the Vikingsholm at Emerald Bay, Eagle Falls, and Eagle Rock. Marvel at Lake Tahoe’s idyllic beauty, encompassed by snow-dusted peaks while driving, and get acquainted with intriguing tales about:

• Tahoe’s vibrant personas
• Indigenous American history in the Tahoe Basin
• Lake Tahoe’s early chronicles
• The diverse pine trees inhabiting Tahoe’s forest
• Historical residences hailing from the late 1800s to early 1900s
• The evolution of gambling in Lake Tahoe

This auto tour can be fulfilled within approximately two hours, excluding any stopovers. The tour affords the possibility of visiting a selection of state parks, however, parking fees are not covered in the cost of this journey.

Golden Nugget Lake Tahoe Hotel & Casino
Highway 50
Before arrival, please install the VoiceMap mobile app and use the code provided on your confirmation ticket. This is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart at any time and complete at your own pace. Detailed starting point instructions are available after downloading.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(19 Ratings)
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Sep 7, 2023
Very informative, enjoyable way to learn about Lake Tahoe - An excellent, easy to use self-guided tour offering valuable information & interesting stories of Lake Tahoe and it’s intriguing communities
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Jul 19, 2023
Self guided tour of Lake Tahoe - We did have a bit of trouble getting the self-guided tour started; however, once we got the tour going, it was well narrated and very informative. Hikes, vistas, photo ops, restaurants were all pointed out - giving us enough time to determine whether we wanted to partake in activities offered. The tour paused and resumed on demand. An inexpensive way of learning about the area.
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Jul 21, 2022
A Guide with Great Info and Tips - We loved using the driving tour from South Lake Tahoe to Tahoe City! The driving directions were clear and gave plenty of advance warning about lanes to be in. The background info was interesting. The route took us off the beaten path a little and pointed out som locations that we would have skipped. We stopped a few times and hiked. My only trouble was that the app owner said to end the route if stopping for more than a few minutes. I was not able to resume the route and had to download everything all over which was hard in a remote hiking area. But one I got the hang of the features provided, it was great! I plan to use Voice Map again.
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Jul 5, 2022
Awesome and relaxing! - We enjoyed it so much that we added the rest of the tours around the lake. Some issues when you stop and start, and lost signal once.
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Jul 25, 2022
Easy to use app - Educational, interesting and pretty sites to see. Saw parts of Tahoe I’ve never seen before. Liked how it tracked where we were.
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Jul 1, 2022
Relaxing and informative day - This was amazing and learned so much that e decided to add the next 2 tours and complete the lake. The only issue is when you pause and stop. It was sometimes difficult to get the your playing again. Did also lose signal once.
Review provided by Viator
Mar 20, 2023
Good but needs disclaimer for winter months - The audio tour seemed very informative and interesting. The directions were clear as well. Unfortunately we didn’t find out until we got to Camp Richardson that the route to Tahoe City is closed in the winter. I would do this tour again but maybe have a disclaimer for the winter time.
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Jul 19, 2022
Poor tour information. We... - Poor tour information. We did travel twice around the Lake Tahoe and both times used Audio Tours: VoiceMap ($11.99) and Action Tour Guide ($10). Strongly recommend to by Auction Tour guide .
Review provided by Viator
Jul 10, 2023
Tahoe Sucks!! - Horrible experience. Don’t even think about driving around the lake. Too many people PARKING in the road, too many pedestrians AND bumper to bumper traffic. Was not a good experience at all. And with the number of people in the Tahoe/Truckee area, a peaceful vacation is impossible. I’m going somewhere else next vacation.
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Jun 4, 2023
I tried 2 different days to use it. - We tried 2 different days to use it. The first day it worked for about 10 minutes until we stopped at one of the sites. When we tried to restart it it would not work. The next day we tried it again and that day it would not do anything.
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up to 15 guests
June 2024