Lake Tahoe is known for a lot of things – world-renowned skiing, boating, golfing, biking – but one thing Lake Tahoe tourists might be surprised to find is the plethora of pop culture memorabilia. From historical museums, arts galleries to old western wear from prior TV shows, there’s more to Lake Tahoe than meets the eye. If you’re in need of an indoor activity in Lake Tahoe, check out this list of places where you can find some of the coolest, most unique keepsakes in town.
For some, the adventure of memorabilia hunting begins right on the casino floor of Hard Rock. Over the years, Hard Rock has continued to build a robust collection of hard-to-find memorabilia, and it is arguable the most exclusive collection in all of Lake Tahoe. The casino floor holds the strongest memorabilia collection from iconic items that belonged to anyone from Christina Aguilera to Elvis. Guests can find autographed guitars of past music heroes, vintage t-shirts, and additional artwork that cannot be found anywhere else. There is nowhere quite like Hard Rock Lake Tahoe when it comes to showcasing the most musically inspired displays of memorabilia.
Jai Yen Treasures, a unique shop in Kings Beach in north Lake Tahoe offers a rare experience for those interested in looking to browse or even purchase items from Thailand and Vietnam. The owner of Jai Yen Treasures travels back and forth from Lake Tahoe to Southeast Asia to bring items that cannot be found anywhere in the United States, making Jai Yen Treasures one of the most special stores in Tahoe. From handmade traditional Southeast Asian memorabilia, be sure to stop by Jai Yen Treasures for a one-of-a-kind experience.
This small but distinctive boutique in Lake Tahoe carries handmade Lake Tahoe memorabilia created by locals in Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Reno, and other surrounding areas. For those in search of handcrafted art, jewelry, ceramics, pottery and more that can only be found in Lake Tahoe, Trunk Show is perfect for those looking for custom art. With Trunk Show offering a little bit of everything, the locally owned boutique has a great number of local gems ready for you. Carrying items from over 30 different local artists, the boutique shop is filled with statues, vases, original photography of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and more original work.
For all sports fanatics visiting Lake Tahoe, you must make time during your Tahoe getaway to visit Sports Fever Memorabilia. Although the store itself is small, it is well known throughout the nation and carries hard to find sports memorabilia items. With Sports Fever Memorabilia, visitors can find memorabilia from local California teams as well as teams located on the East Coast. Sports Fever Memorabilia is a hidden gem in Lake Tahoe, with items that may not be available anywhere else, making it a must visit when in Tahoe.
Over in Carson City, The Nevada State Railroad Museum is one of the most unique and monumental museums in the state. Over the years, the museum has not only become one of the most special tourist attractions in Lake Tahoe but has also become the backdrop for some of Hollywood’s favorite cinematic films, and TV shows. With over 60 historic locomotives and freight trains, visitors to this museum can see locomotive exhibits, take train rides, and can even become train conductors for the day! Participants will also be able to leave with an honorary NSRM Engineer certificate.