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4 Best Family Things to do in Hope Valley, CA

Thinking of visiting Hope Valley and the South Lake Tahoe area in California with your family? 

Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, wildflower-filled meadows, scenic hiking trails, and offering ample downhill and cross-country skiing opportunities, Hope Valley is the hidden gem of Sierras, perfect for a quiet and adventure-filled vacation. 

From boating the aqua waters of Emerald Bay at South Lake Tahoe, to hiking above eight-thousand-feet above sea level to Granite Lake, and riding a mountain coaster at Heavenly Mountain, and more, here’s four of the best family activities to explore near Hope Valley.

1. Boat Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Explore the crystal clear aqua waters of South Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, Fannett Island, DL Bliss, and Rubicon Bay with a family-friendly guided boat tour by Tahoe By Design.

Offering two options- the “grateful red,” a twenty-seven-foot powerboat for up to six passengers, or the “white lightening,” a powerboat for up to eight, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the best spots on the entire lake. Light refreshments, snacks, and personal safety equipment are included.

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2. Hike to Granite Lake

Hiking to Granite Lake near South Lake Tahoe is a popular and scenic trail that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests.

The trail is relatively easy and can be completed by hikers of all skill levels. The trailhead is located a short drive from South Lake Tahoe and starts with a steady ascent through the forest before leveling out to a more gradual climb. As you approach Granite Lake, you’ll be greeted by crystal-clear waters surrounded by towering granite cliffs, providing a peaceful and serene environment for a picnic or a dip in the lake.

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3. Heavenly Mountain Discovery Park

Does your little one love to get their adrenaline pumping? Say no more! Heavenly Mountain’s Epic Discovery Park offers a little bit of everything- from a thrilling zipline, to an exciting mountainside rollercoaster, gem panning, and a twenty-five-foot-tall climbing wall, all with views of South Lake Tahoe below.

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4. Fish the West Carson River

What better than to start teaching your little one to fly fish than in the West Carson River, in Hope Valley, California? Meandering through the meadows and forests of the valley and surrounded by views of the towering Sierra peaks, you’ll have the opportunity to catch up to five stocked and naturally–occurring rainbows and trouts a day.

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Adventurous Stays in Hope Valley, CA

Looking for an adventurous stay in Hope Valley? 

Located in the beautiful Sierras, Wylder Hope Valley offers rustic cabin and yurt accommodations, with access to hiking trails, cross-country skiing, and more!

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