We arrived in Tahoe on a beautiful late summer day and checked into the Hyatt Hotel situated directly on the beach in North Lake Tahoe. The rooms are expensive, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime stay. There are three ADA-compliant rooms.

Even if you choose not to stay here, you can visit and have full access to the dining room, the outdoor eating areas, the fire pit, and the patio. Food is served at all places and very accessible. There is a wood plank to the pier and there you can enjoy a cocktail out on the short pier. The views around the Hyatt are  spectacular. You’ll find a ramp up to the top floor of the hotel’s dining area and an elevator to the downstairs area and accessible restrooms. The food indoors is moderately priced while the cabana area outside is priced more reasonably.

More North Lake Tahoe

Very close to the Hyatt Hotel is a destination called Sand Harbor. An accessible trail goes around the perimeter of the shoreline with a great vantage point for pictures and picnic tables. At the northernmost side of the trail is a plastic ramp that goes straight to the beach area but doesn’t quite make it to the water. Overall, it’s a tad short. This beach is frequented by scuba divers either in training or experienced ones. 

Sand Harbor is VERY popular, so if you come in the summer you must arrive early for a spot on the beach, but if you are just taking a stroll, arrive anytime. There is also a summer Shakespeare Theater off the same trail, Accessible seating can be arranged, but it’s best to give advanced notice. To see a Shakespeare play under the stars by the lake would be an incredible moment indeed.

The drive around the lake alone is spectacular and can take at least four hours to complete without stopping. If you continue to head north from Sand Harbor you will first pass Incline Village, where you can pick up food and other supplies. Continue driving and pass through the cute town of Kings Beach where you can find groceries, gas, restaurants, cafés, a few shops and even casinos nearby, like Crystal Bay Casino and the Tahoe Biltmore Casino. For a country breakfast in Kings Beach, try the Log Cabin Café and maybe check out some of the most expensive beachfront homes in Lake Tahoe on Lakeshore Drive and Incline Village.

From Kings Beach head west to Tahoe City where you can find restaurants on the water, like the famous Sunnyside Resort. From Kings Beach to Dollar Point is an eight-mile, paved bike path, accessible to nearly all wheelchair users. Also on Tahoe’s North Shore are the ski resorts Alpine Meadows, NorthStar, and Squaw Valley to name a few, Many have adapted ski programs for the disabled. Much further west from Tahoe City is Truckee which is a big mountain city. Here you can take a Reno Helicopter Tour. For interest in all adapted recreational activities in Tahoe visit Disabled Sports USA Far West.

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