D. L. Bliss State Park#7 in Best Things To Do in Lake Tahoe
Named for 19th-century lumber titan Duane Leroy Bliss, this stunning 744-acre park is home to the deepest section of Lake Tahoe and some of the area's most breathtaking sites, including several pristine beaches, hiking trails and the Balancing Rock, a 250,000-pound boulder balancing on a mere fist of granite.
Recent visitors raved about the park's beaches, trails and campsites, saying that they're definitely worth a visit. However, one common complaint is the lack of parking and the limited access to the park in the winter offseason.
D.L. Bliss State Park sits about 2 miles north of Emerald Bay State Park on Lake Tahoe's southwestern shore, or about 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89. It's open every day from dawn to dusk. The park is closed to cars in the winter, though pedestrians can still access the closest Rubicon trailhead via a 1-mile hike from the visitor center. During the summer, the day use parking areas at the beaches and at the Rubicon trailhead are often full by mid-morning, so it's advisable to arrive early or in the late afternoon. It costs $10 to enter the park. Available facilities include restrooms, showers and designated picnic areas. For more information, visit the park's website.
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#1 Emerald Bay State Park
Carved millions of years ago by passing glaciers, this state park is a must-see for anyone looking to experience Lake Tahoe's beauty. Sheltered by towering trees, this inlet along the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe is known for its colorful granite cliffs and stunning panoramas. Follow Highway 89 south from Tahoe City (about 20 miles) or north from South Lake Tahoe (about 10 miles) and you'll come across the Emerald Bay Lookout, the park's crown jewel. And you should make sure you have a camera on hand – the scenery is breathtaking and travelers say there are photo opportunities everywhere you turn.
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