Crystal Bay’s shoreline is covered with stunning granite boulders that reach down 1,645 feet to the deepest part of the Lake in the middle of the bay. In 1927, entrepreneur Norman Henry Biltz came to Lake Tahoe creating subdivisions in Crystal Bay, and built the Crystal Bay and Cal Neva Lodges,Hotels and casinos continued to be built well into the 1950′s. In the 1960′s, Frank Sinatra owned the Cal Neva for a period, where famous entertainers appeared on stage. Today, downtown Crystal Bay features four bustling casinos as well as a variety of lodging, restaurants, live entertainment and spas.
Kings Beach is the main commercial core of North Tahoe Business Association’s District. Kings Beach was given its name in 1925 when Joe King allegedly acquired the land after an all-night poker game. Joe took his poker winnings to develop the area from five small cabins to a flourishing “town” of motels, theaters, markets, shops, cafes and summer homes.
In 2014 through 2016 downtown Kings Beach underwent a $50 million infrastructure and storm water improvement project to protect Lake Tahoe and reconfigure the highway (from 4 lanes to 3 lanes) for improved safety and pedestrian amenities including two new roundabouts, sidewalks, bike lanes and streetlights. For more, check out this video.
The center of Kings Beach features a California State Park called the Kings Beach State Recreation Area including an expansive, south facing beach, and plentiful recreation opportunities and amenities. The beach is within an easy walk to lakeside shops and restaurants. Kings Beach is the home of many special events including the Kings Beach SnowFest Parade in March, Music on the Beach free concert series summer Friday evenings, July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party, annually the day before Independence Day, and Passport to Dining food and beverage tasting event and NTBA fundraiser.
Once used as a favorite summer camp spot by the Paiute and Washoe tribes, Tahoe Vista boasts a wide variety of lodging options, ranging from lakefront timeshares, hotels and luxury fractional ownership opportunities to Old Tahoe rustic cottages and family-operated motels. There is a myriad of outdoor recreational choices here, including sandy beaches, perfect kayaking and paddle boarding and boating put-in locations, plus year-round recreational activities at North Tahoe Regional Park featuring hiking and biking trails, disc-golf course, tennis courts, a dog park, ball fields, and a new ropes course scheduled to open in 2016.
Carnelian Bay features wide-open lake views, restaurants, mini-golf, dog-friendly beaches, a marina at Sierra Boat Company where classic wooden boats are on display and in action, and easy kayak, paddleboard and boating launch areas. Enjoy an unforgettable breakfast at the Old Post Office and for delicious lunch and dinner eats, check out local favorite, CB’s Pizza & Grill.