Where are the best places to photograph Lake Tahoe? I have created the best photo locations Lake Tahoe has to offer the guide. In this article, I will show you the best photo locations in Lake Tahoe and tell you the best possible times to shoot.
Lake Tahoe is massive freshwater lake sitting on California and Nevada’s state line. It basically splits right down the middle. Sitting at 6,225 above sea level and it is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range. You can imagine the epic views to be had from this magical place.
Best Photo Locations Lake Tahoe Edition
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Lake Tahoe Photography Location Guide
1. Sand Harbor. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lake Tahoe. In the summer is full of tourist early in the day, however, as the sun starts to vanish so does everyone else. Make sure you walk around as there are endless spots to shoot in Sand Harbor. Best time to shoot is Sunset.
2. The Rocks at Sand Harbor. As you make your way around Sand Harbor, remember to look back towards the beach. The best shots are not always directly in the direction of the sunset.
3. Sand Point. This is on the other side of Sand Harbor. As you make your way around this beautiful place you will find a photo op in just about every corner. The best place to shoot is at sunset.
4. East Shore. Lake Tahoe’s East shore is full of epic beaches and beautiful rock formations. I like to shoot the East Shore during sunset as all the rock formations and beaches are beautifully lit by the golden light.
5. Bonsai Rock. Bonsai Rock is one of the most beautiful locations to shot the sunset in Lake Tahoe. In fact, it is my favorite location. It can be a bit difficult to find but once you are there your jaw will drop. Best time to shoot is at sunset. Here is the exact location.
6. Cave Rock. With 360 degree views of Lake Tahoe, this place is hard to beat. Park on the street and take a small hike up the rocks. You will love it. Best time to shoot is sunset. I shot this during the day with my Nikon 70-200 zoomed it at 200.
7. Emerald Bay. On the other side of Lake Tahoe, you will find Everal Bay. It was stunning views and an energy you have to experience. Best time to shoot is sunrise.
8. Eagle Falls. Sitting on top of Emerald Bay Eagle falls is a must. Get here early to scout the area and set up. Be careful as the rocks are very slippery and you can fall down the waterfalls.
9. Vikingsholm. As you shoot Emerald Bay, you have to take the trail called Rubicon Trailhead. This trail will lead you directly to Vikingsholm. Here you can take epic shots of the beach and the pier. Best time to shoot is during sunrise.
10. Fannette Island. Wher is Fannette Island you are asking? Well, Fannette Island is that small island you can see from the top of Emerald Bay. It is a cool little island you must shoot while you are there.
11. Eagle Point Treeline. Located right outside Eagle Point campground, turn left or right to get these epic views. Best time to shoot is anytime.
12. Rubicon Bay. You can find lots of piers in this beautiful bay. Best time to shoot is during the sunrise or sunset. You can stop along the side of the road and just enjoy the scenery. I shot these during a very cold morning.
There you have it. The Best Photo Locations Lake Tahoe has to offer. I hope you can make it to some of these locations and enjoy it as much as I always do. Please leave me a comment if this was helpful in any way. That is the best way to say thank you.