21 Sep 2020
The combination of snow-capped mountains, crystalline waters, and spectacular sunsets and sunrises make North Lake Tahoe a top destination to pop the question. A gorgeous outdoor vista makes the moment truly unforgettable, in addition to providing a stunning photo opportunity to memorialize the moment. Here are some of our favorite spots in the North Lake Tahoe area to get engaged.
Year-round, some of the best views in the Lake Tahoe always seem to be around water. One of the most popular and scenic is King's Beach. In the warmer months, you'll find watersports enthusiasts of all stripes enjoying this beautiful stretch of beachline. The area is also within proximity to many vacation rentals. King's Beach is one of the best spots to take in the sunrise or sunset. A great way to pop the question is in the early morning light reflecting on the crystal blue water with the stunning Sierra mountain views in the distance.
Another excellent option for engagement in Lake Tahoe is Sand Harbor. During summer, this is a beautiful spot that is bustling with activity. It's a great spot to take a refreshing dip crystal clear alpine waters. In the winter, the cove becomes quiet but equally stunning and perfect for a beach stroll. Depending on the weather, you can still rent a boat on weekends, October through April, from 6 a.m to 2 p.m.
North Tahoe State Beach
For gorgeous, unobstructed views of the lake, mountain, and sky, opt for North Tahoe State Beach. From Incline Village head southwest on Highway 28. Soon you'll see Crystal Bay and the famous underwater boulders. You'll soon see the turn for North Tahoe State Beach. From the parking lot, at the junction with Highway 267, and walk down to the beach to take it all in and ask the big question.
Mount Rose Scenic Outlook
Just four miles outside of Incline Village, Nevada, is the beautiful Mount Rose Scenic Lookout, which provides an absolutely breathtaking view of North Lake Tahoe. It's really one of the best views of the lake, especially in the winter when it's surrounded by snowy peaks. Take Highway 431, during which you'll climb to 7,500 feet and truly breathtaking vista. Plus, while you're up there you may want to get some skiing or riding in at Mount Rose Ski Resort. A four-wheel-drive vehicle with snow tires is recommended. Once you've reached the lookout, there's an information kiosk at the overlook that provides the names of the surrounding mountains and nearby attractions.
This charming, mom and pop, family-owned mountain resort provides some of the best skier accessed views of the Lake, but shh it's kind of a secret. You can access the slopes right from the parking lot. Hop on the lift and head to the summit with your sweetie, the perfect place to propose. Celebrate in with a hot toddy or two at the lodge afterward.
Late Spring, Summer & Early Fall
About 13 miles south from Sand Harbor Beach along Highway 50 is Lake Tahoe's 3-million-year-old geological attraction, Cave Rock. The Washoe Native Americans revered this special formation and referred to it as "the Lady of the Lake." To access, it's a very short, easy 15-minute hike from Cave Rock Drive. The views are amazing and certainly worthy of an engagement spot.
If you're a more adventurous couple, consider an engagement hike. At the top of the scenic list in North Tahoe Lake is Eagle Bay. The surrounding area features hiking trails for every experience level let you get a glimpse into the nearby fauna and flora of the area. When you reach the top of this scenic hike, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Eagle Bay that are perfect for asking for a lover's hand in marriage.
Another awesome hike that ends with spectacular views of North Lake Tahoe is Eagle Rock. Located along the Western shore, Eagle Rock circumvents a dormant volcano that has eroded over the years into an easy hiking trail. Once you reach the top of this easy, five-mile hike, you will enjoy panoramic views of North Lake Tahoe that are unforgettable—and perfect for proposals.