One of the most magnificent views I have of Lake Tahoe is at the top of the quiet hiking trail along the California and Nevada state line border. The entrance is located along Lakeview Avenue, three to five minutes up from the base street (by car). From there, there is a fire hydrant and some cars parked along the side of the road.
While the entrance is relatively obscure, the views are rewarding. I highly recommend this hike if you're looking for an attraction on the way back to Sacramento or the Bay Area.
(Exact location of this gem: 39.237347, -120.004081)