19 of the Best Spots for Photos in Lake Tahoe

By Shanie Matthews | Sunday, May 5, 2024

If there is ever a place one can call an all-season photographer's paradise, it would be Lake Tahoe. Winter, spring, summer or fall — the seasons produce amazing photographic opportunities for every photographer at any level. Whether you're scrambling up boulders on the Northern Shore or high up on some vista overlook, you're always within a shutter-click away from a postcard-perfect frame.

Get your phone or quality camera out. Here's a curated list of some of the best photo spots in Lake Tahoe.

Photo: Dogs make for great models in Lake Tahoe.

Tahoe City is filled with incredible opportunities for creating images that will be cherished forever.


  1. Eagle Falls: Located in Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Falls offers stunning views of cascading waterfalls against a backdrop of towering pines.
  2. Emerald Bay State Park: Known for its iconic Emerald Bay, this park features pristine blue waters and panoramic views, perfect for capturing a sunrise or sunset.
  3. Rubicon Bay: With its rocky shoreline and crystal-clear waters, Rubicon Bay provides ample opportunities for capturing the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe.
  4. Maggie's Peak: A challenging hike leads to the summit of Maggie's Peak, offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape and the lake below.
  5. Lake Forest Beach: This serene beachfront location is ideal for capturing tranquil moments by the water, especially during sunrise or sunset.
  6. South Lake Tahoe: Explore the vibrant town of South Lake Tahoe, known for its bustling atmosphere and picturesque scenery, including the iconic West Shore Boathouses.
  7. Mount Tallac: A popular hiking destination, Mount Tallac offers panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains.
  8. Tahoe City Marina Lake Front: Stroll along the marina and capture stunning shots of boats against the backdrop of the lake and mountains.
  9. Olympic Valley: If true mountain photography is your cup of tea, the Olympic Valley leading to Palisades Tahoe offers exceptional photo opportunities from time to time.


The views looking up valley towards Palisades Tahoe makes for incredible art.




  1. Tahoe Scenic Overlook: Located on the Nevada side of the lake, this scenic overlook provides sweeping views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains.
  2. Hidden Beach: Tucked away from the crowds, Hidden Beach offers secluded shores and stunning vistas, perfect for capturing intimate moments.
  3. Sand Harbor: Known for its golden sands and turquoise waters, Sand Harbor is a photographer's paradise, especially during golden hour.
  4. Creek Beach: A hidden gem along the East Shore, Creek Beach boasts tranquil waters and picturesque surroundings, ideal for landscape photography.
  5. Bonsai Rock: This iconic rock formation in Lake Tahoe is a favorite among photographers, especially during sunrise or sunset.
  6. Nevada State Park: Explore the rugged beauty of Nevada State Park, home to secluded coves, rocky cliffs and pristine beaches.
  7. Carnelian Bay: Discover the charm of Carnelian Bay, with its serene shoreline and panoramic views of Lake Tahoe.
  8. Secret Cove: Accessible via a short hike, Secret Cove offers secluded shores and stunning rock formations, perfect for capturing dramatic landscapes.
  9. Chimney Beach: Named for its distinctive rock formations resembling chimneys, Chimney Beach offers unique photo opportunities along the shoreline.
  10. Crystal Bay: Enjoy sweeping views of Crystal Bay and the surrounding mountains, capturing the beauty of Lake Tahoe from the Nevada side.



Mount Tallac offers incredible views for your photographs.

Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, Lake Tahoe offers endless opportunities to capture the beauty of nature in all its glory. So grab your camera, pack your sense of adventure and explore the stunning landscapes of this photographer's paradise.

Photo source: Shanie Matthews

About the Author Shanie Matthews
A longtime Lake Tahoe local, Shanie is a freelance writer, Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and positivity warrior. A true lover of the the gorgeous Tahoe region, she connects with the serenity of the mountains via skiing, biking and backpacking. She also believes in the gift of yoga and its way of allowing one to become his or her true best self, a passion she shares with the world with her online yoga studio.
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