Stateline Excursion in South Lake Tahoe

Spend a long weekend on Lake Tahoe's South Shore, enjoying activities and destinations on both sides of the state line. From your base camp on the South Shore, you can access museums, visitor centers, trails and restaurants using the BlueGo bus line. With regular service on multiple routes around Lake Tahoe, you can check out all of the best attractions without the hassle of parking!!

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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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Grass Roots Natural Foods Store & Bakery
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Grass Roots Natural Foods Store & Bakery
Food or Drink | Natural Foods Store or Co-op
If you would like to pick up some tasty local treats for your journey, walk 0.1 mile (head NW on Emerald Bay Rd toward Lake Tahoe Blvd, turn right on Lake Tahoe Blvd, then left on Dunlap Drive) to Grass Roots Natural Foods Store and Bakery (on your left, next to TJ Maxx).

Considered an institution by locals, Grass Roots Natural Foods Store & Bakery represents the priorities of our healthy community. In addition to the widest selection of organic foods and toxic-free products that feed our healthy lifestyle, you'll…

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Campground By The Lake
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Campground By The Lake
Accommodation | Campground or RV Park
Catch the Eastbound #50 Blue Go bus at 1:15 to the Highway 50/Visitors Center stop for a 1:28 arrival, then walk 0.4 miles to the Campground by the Lake, at 1150 Rufus Allen Blvd (head south on Lake Tahoe Blvd and turn left onto Modesto Ave, then turn left onto Rufus Allen Blvd).

Campground by The Lake is immediately across the highway from the lake in mid town South Lake Tahoe.  It is the perfect spot if you want to be near restaurants, and direct access to Lake Tahoe. Premier bike and paddle shops are located nearby the…

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Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center
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Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center
Once you’ve settled into your cabin, walk back to the Highway 50/Visitors Center stop and hop back on the Eastbound #50 bus to the Stateline Transit Center (bus departs hourly, at 28 minutes past the hour and takes less than 10 minutes to arrive at Stateline). Visit Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center (walk 1 minute south to 4114 Lake Tahoe Blvd.).

Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead is an inter-agency Visitor Center designed to promote recreation and environmental education about Lake Tahoe. Located in South Lake Tahoe, the visitor center provides an interpretive experience featuring lake clarity,…

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Van Sickle Bi-State Park
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Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Natural Area | State Park
Walk 10 minutes to explore Van Sickle Bi-State Park and the many hiking trails accessible from this border-straddling park in the heart of Stateline (walk NE on Transit Blvd and turn right onto Transit Way, then turn right onto Bellamy Ct; continue on Bellamy Ct until you reach Heavenly Village Way, then turn left; keep right at the fork in the road, continuing 0.1 to the Park entrance, which will be on your right, at the corner of Park Avenue and Lake Parkway).

               ***Download the Van Sickle Trail Map from this site, below ***

On July 22, 2011, the gate to Van Sickle Bi-State Park opened to welcome visitors!

Jack Van Sickle dreamed of memorializing his grandfather, Henry Van Sickle,…

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Campground By The Lake
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Campground By The Lake
Accommodation | Campground or RV Park
Eat dinner at one of the many restaurants in Heavenly Village or Stateline, then hop on the #50 Westbound bus at the Highway 50/Friday stop (Stateline Transit Center, departs hourly at 48 minutes past the hour, until 10:48pm) to the Highway 50/San Francisco stop (a 12-minute ride). To return to your campsite, walk south on Harrison Avenue towards Modesto Avenue, then turn right onto Modesto Ave. Turn right onto Lake Tahoe Blvd, then immediately left towards Rufus Allen Blvd. Continue walking on the south edge of the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department, then turn left onto Rufus Allen Blvd. (total walking time = 7 minutes, 0.4 miles). Stroll back to your tent cabin and enjoy a restful night on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Campground by The Lake is immediately across the highway from the lake in mid town South Lake Tahoe.  It is the perfect spot if you want to be near restaurants, and direct access to Lake Tahoe. Premier bike and paddle shops are located nearby the…

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Day 2

Campground By The Lake
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Campground By The Lake
Accommodation | Campground or RV Park
Eat breakfast at the picnic table outside your tent cabin, then pack up for the day (including beach attire!) and walk back to the Highway 50/Visitors Center bus stop (1 minute north), to board the Eastbound #50 bus to the Stateline Transit Center. This route departs hourly at 28 minutes past the hour and takes less than 10 minutes to arrive at Stateline.

Campground by The Lake is immediately across the highway from the lake in mid town South Lake Tahoe.  It is the perfect spot if you want to be near restaurants, and direct access to Lake Tahoe. Premier bike and paddle shops are located nearby the…

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Tahoe Sports Ltd.
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Tahoe Sports Ltd.
Local Points of Interest | Unique Shop
Leaving the Transit Center, turn left onto Lake Tahoe Blvd and walk about 5 minutes to Tahoe Sports Ltd, in the Raley’s Shopping Center. Here you can rent bikes ($5/hour or $15/day for kids, $10/hour or $30/day for adult cruiser bikes) and explore the Nevada side of Stateline for the day. Pick up a trail map at the shop (and some lunch for the trail at Raley’s), and get ready to pedal!

Established in 1982 and now the largest sports store in the Lake Tahoe basin, our goal is to meet the needs of both our community and our visitors for all the outdoor activities they love to do. From watersports and fishing to rock climbing,…

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Pineridge to Nevada Beach Bike Trail
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Pineridge to Nevada Beach Bike Trail
Outdoor Adventures | Biking Route
Leaving the Transit Center, turn left onto Lake Tahoe Blvd and walk about 5 minutes to Tahoe Sports Ltd, in the Raley’s Shopping Center. Here you can rent bikes and explore the Nevada side of Stateline for the day. Pick up a trail map at the shop (and some lunch for the trail at Raley’s), and get ready to pedal! Start towards the Pineridge to Nevada Beach Bike Trail just behind the rental shop at Lake Parkway.This 3-4 mile trail can be ridden as a loop or out and back. The out and back option provides a more isolated experience and gradual climb on the return trip, while the loop offers a more direct route but a bit steeper climb on the final half mile. If riding the loop, once you reach Nevada Beach, take a break to eat lunch on the beach and take a dip in the Lake. When you’re ready to ride again, look for campsite 20 (at Nevada Beach) and a dirt path that goes through Lam Watah Meadow out to Hwy 50 (old Pony Express route). Continue through the intersection of Hwy 50 and Kahle Drive, through Kahle Community Park back to Pineridge Road.

This beautiful family-friendly bike trail in South Lake Tahoe meanders through the forest, to the beach and open meadows. The trail is mostly flat from the road to the beach, so good for biking, jogging, or a a brisk walk.

On the opposite…

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Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe
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Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe
Food or Drink | Cafe, Deli or Coffee House
Return your bikes to Tahoe Sports Ltd. before they close at 7pm, then turn right onto Lake Tahoe Blvd and walk 5 minutes to the Highway 50/Friday stop to board the Westbound #50 bus (leaving every hour at 48 minutes past the hour) to the Highway 50/San Francisco stop, back near your cabin. Head north on Harrison Ave towards San Francisco Ave, until you see your dinner destination, Sprouts Cafe on the left, at 3123 Harrison Avenue.

Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe has been committed to nourishing South Lake Tahoe since 1990, and serves the cleanest, freshest, most wholesome food available. Most ingredients are completely organic and everything is prepared daily, ensuring healthy,…

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Campground By The Lake
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Campground By The Lake
Accommodation | Campground or RV Park
Stroll back to your cabin and relax by the lake before tucking in for your final night lakeside.

Campground by The Lake is immediately across the highway from the lake in mid town South Lake Tahoe.  It is the perfect spot if you want to be near restaurants, and direct access to Lake Tahoe. Premier bike and paddle shops are located nearby the…

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Day 3

Campground By The Lake
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Campground By The Lake
Accommodation | Campground or RV Park
Pack up for the journey home, and either enjoy breakfast outside by your tent cabin, or return to Sprouts for a smoothie or one of their delicious breakfast specials.

Campground by The Lake is immediately across the highway from the lake in mid town South Lake Tahoe.  It is the perfect spot if you want to be near restaurants, and direct access to Lake Tahoe. Premier bike and paddle shops are located nearby the…

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Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum
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Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
Once you’ve refueled, visit the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum - a 7 minute walk from the campground, right next to the Highway 50/Visitors Center bus stop. If you want to grab some lunch before you start the return journey, stop by one of the many restaurants along this stretch of Highway 50, on Harrison Avenue.

The Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum is located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. The museum features an outstanding collection of artifacts from Lake Tahoe's earliest days including early explorers and pioneers, offering a fascinating look…

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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
Board the Westbound #50 bus at the Highway 50/San Francisco stop by 1:56 pm, for a 2:04 pm arrival at the South “Y” Transit Center.

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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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.

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 Grass Roots Natural Foods Store & Bakery
3 Campground By The Lake
4 Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center
5 Van Sickle Bi-State Park
6 Campground By The Lake
7 Campground By The Lake
8 Tahoe Sports Ltd.
9 Pineridge to Nevada Beach Bike Trail
10 Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe
11 Campground By The Lake
12 Campground By The Lake
13 Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum
14 South Lake Tahoe - South Y Transit Center Station
15 Sacramento Valley Amtrak Train Station and Thruway Bus Station