Biking Overnight in South Lake Tahoe

Bring your bike on the Amtrak Thruway bus from Sacramento, or rent one when you arrive in South Lake Tahoe, and explore the shore on two wheels! Both Amtrak and the Tahoe Transportation District (local bus system), allow bikes on a first-come, first-served basis. Spend the night at historic Camp Richardson and explore the South Shore at your leisure.

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Day 1

Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station and Thruway Bus Station
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Board the Amtrak Thruway Bus #3424, which departs daily from Sacramento Amtrak Station at 10:15 am. Travel through Placerville and disembark at the South Lake Tahoe “Y” Transit Center at 12:35 pm.

Opened by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1926, the station is a key component in a large-scale development project to create a modern multimodal transportation hub and transform acres of former railyards north of the station into a new urban neighborhood.

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South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
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South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
Transportation | Transit Station
Disembark here in South Lake Tahoe

This unmanned curbside transit station provides bus service to, from, and around South Lake Tahoe.

Located at the corder of 1000 Emerald Bay Rd. (Hwy 89) and Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Hwy 50).

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South Shore Bike and Snow
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South Shore Bike and Snow
Local Points of Interest | Unique Shop
Walk northwest on Highway 89 for 384 ft (about 2 min) and cross the street to arrive at South Shore Bikes. A tandem bike with a trailer is $75 for overnight rental, and includes helmets and a local map.

A full fleet of rentals from beach cruisers, road bikes, and XC bikes, South Shore Bike and Snow is located right on the city bike path which leads to all the beaches around South Lake Tahoe, Ca. Also providing tuning and repairs.

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Pope Beach/Baldwin Beach Bike Trail
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Pope Beach/Baldwin Beach Bike Trail
Outdoor Adventures | Biking Route
Rent bikes and a trailer (if needed) and follow the Pope Beach/Baldwin Beach Bike Trail. Follow the well-marked bike route from South Lake Tahoe to the paved bike trail that runs parallel to Highway 89, approximately one mile north of the “Y”. This flat, family-friendly trail travels 3.4 miles through Camp Richardson, offering side trips to Pope and Baldwin Beach, the Tallac Historic Site, and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, ending at Spring Creek, where riders turn around and head back the way they came.

Pope Beach-Baldwin Beach bike trail is a family-friendly flat gorgeous 3.4 mile bike route located in South Lake Tahoe. The Forest Service maintains this paved bike trail that runs parallel to Highway 89, approximately 1 mile north from the "Y".…

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Taylor Creek Visitor Center/Stream Profile Chamber
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Taylor Creek Visitor Center/Stream Profile Chamber
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center
On the way back to camp, stop by the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, the hub of four fascinating self-guided interpretive trails and the Stream Profile Chamber. This unique underground viewing chamber, located along the Rainbow Trail, provides a view of the stream environment allowing visitors to study a diverted section of Taylor Creek through a panel of aquarium-like windows, offering a fish-eye view of Taylor Creek's underwater wildlife. One may spot brightly colored fish, diving ducks, crayfish or other hidden surprises in the chamber's mural that follows Taylor Creek through the four seasons. This upfront wildlife experience is appropriate for all ages. Rangers lead daily walks, and the beautiful Lake of the Sky Amphitheater offers special evening programs in July and August. The Visitor Center and Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber are FREE and open to the public Memorial Day through October, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Wheelchair accessible on a paved 1/2 mile trail.

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is the hub of four fascinating self-guided interpretive trails and the Stream Profile Chamber, a primary attraction at the complex. This unique underground viewing chamber, located along the Rainbow Trail, provides…

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Fallen Leaf Campground and Store
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Fallen Leaf Campground and Store
Accommodation | Campground or RV Park
Proceed on Fallen Leaf Road for 1/2 mile until you reach the campground entrance, then enjoy a swim in Fallen Leaf Lake (warmer than Tahoe!).

Fallen Leaf Campground is about three miles west of South Lake Tahoe off of Highway 89. The campground has spacious camp sites with paved parking pads with a fire ring, BBQ grill and table at each site. Taylor Creek runs along the west side of…

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Historic Camp Richardson Resort & Marina
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Historic Camp Richardson Resort & Marina
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
Set up camp at Camp Richardson, then (optionally) continue on to Fallen Leaf Lake, by crossing Highway 89 at Fallen Leaf Lake Road and travel half a mile to Fallen Leaf Lake Campground on the right. Continue on the paved road through the campground and turn left onto the dirt path to Fallen Leaf Lake. This trail can be very busy in summer, so please be aware of other cyclists, as well as hikers and motorists who may not see or hear you! Proceed on Fallen Leaf Road for 1/2 mile until you reach the campground entrance, then enjoy a swim in Fallen Leaf Lake (warmer than Tahoe!) Return to Camp Richardson for dinner and lounging by Lake Tahoe. Nestled in one of the last old-growth forests on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe, Camp Richardson is one of the few places where one can experience a piece of "Old Tahoe."

Since 1924, Camp Richardson has been a favorite destination on Lake Tahoe’s south shore for people to come to recreate, reflect, restore and renew themselves. Captain Alonzo Richardson would travel from Placerville in his Piece Arrow touring car…

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Day 2

Historic Camp Richardson Resort & Marina
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Historic Camp Richardson Resort & Marina
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
Wake up and enjoy coffee and breakfast at the Emerald Bay Cafe in Camp Richardson.

Since 1924, Camp Richardson has been a favorite destination on Lake Tahoe’s south shore for people to come to recreate, reflect, restore and renew themselves. Captain Alonzo Richardson would travel from Placerville in his Piece Arrow touring car…

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Tallac Historic Site
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Tallac Historic Site
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center
Stroll next door to visit the Tallac Historic Site, which contains 19 historic structures including three rustic mansions dating from 1873 to the 1920s. The mansions and many smaller buildings set the stage for a variety of music and arts programs. The Tallac Museum contains historical exhibits of the resort and Tahoe's original residents, the Washoe people, and is open daily, free of charge, in the summer months. The Pope Estate, built in 1894, is open for guided tours and houses changing art exhibits.

A century ago, what is now the Tallac Historic Site and heralded as the "Grandest Resort in the World," was the summer retreats for three of San Francisco Bay Area's socially elite families. Today, the remains of the resort and the restored…

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Valhalla Grand Hall and Historic Boat House Theatre
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Valhalla Grand Hall and Historic Boat House Theatre
Community | Historic Site or District
The Valhalla Grand Hall is truly grand with beautiful wood floors, an open wood beam ceiling, a balcony of lodgepole construction and a 20 foot high stone fireplace! It was built in 1923 and is now the site of summer concerts, the Cultural Arts Gift Store and is available for rental. The Tahoe Tallac Association sponsors the Valhalla Arts, Music, and Theatre Festival which is held at various venues throughout the Tallac Site and includes a variety of music and art events for adults and children lasting from June through August.

The Valhalla Grand Hall, Valhalla Boat House Theatre and Valhalla Twin Cabins are all part of the historic Tahoe Tallac Site which dates back to the early 1900s. Overflowing with history and native culture, the setting of this special place along…

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South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
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South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
Transportation | Transit Station
Pack up and return your bikes to South Shore Bikes in time to catch the Amtrak Thruway Bus #3447 at 2:35 pm at the South Lake Tahoe Transit Center and arriving in Sacramento at 5:25 pm.

This unmanned curbside transit station provides bus service to, from, and around South Lake Tahoe.

Located at the corder of 1000 Emerald Bay Rd. (Hwy 89) and Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Hwy 50).

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Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station and Thruway Bus Station
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Opened by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1926, the station is a key component in a large-scale development project to create a modern multimodal transportation hub and transform acres of former railyards north of the station into a new urban neighborhood.

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1 Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station and Thruway Bus Station
2 South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
3 South Shore Bike and Snow
4 Pope Beach/Baldwin Beach Bike Trail
5 Taylor Creek Visitor Center/Stream Profile Chamber
6 Fallen Leaf Campground and Store
7 Historic Camp Richardson Resort & Marina
8 Historic Camp Richardson Resort & Marina
9 Tallac Historic Site
10 Valhalla Grand Hall and Historic Boat House Theatre
11 South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
12 Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station and Thruway Bus Station