Affectionately referred to as the “fairest picture the whole world affords,” Mark Twain was onto something when he affectionately described Lake Tahoe in 1871. Today it remains a pristine blue body of water shared between the California and Nevada border. Bustling with activities of every variety, it is a destination worthy of a visit at any time of year. With so much to see and do, we recommend carving out a full month to slow down and enjoy the activities we have outlined for you during your upcoming Lake Tahoe Vacation.
Accommodations for a Lake Tahoe Getaway
The first thing you’ll want to do is book the perfect vacation rental to use as a basecamp for your journey. Depending on the time of year you plan to visit and your own personal interests, having a familiar home to return to each night (or perhaps after a splendidly exhausting backpacking trip?) will do wonders for your mind and body. There just aren’t words to express your gratitude when you get home from late night festival and know exactly where the light switch is and that your pajamas are laid out on the chair like you left them. Not only that, but you’ll deeply appreciate the fully equipped kitchen space to prepare your favorite goodies (California has an amazing produce selection year round) as well as the ability to make a pot of coffee to sip on the patio throughout your down days.
While driving your own vehicle is certainly a viable option for getting around during your Lake Tahoe getaway, rest assured there are other options available to you if you’d prefer to sit back and take in the breathtaking views while someone else does the driving. Tahoe public transit is a great option for not only taking the stress off you, but also taking the stress off Lake Tahoe and keeping it blue. Some options include public buses, express shuttles to and from Reno, ski shuttles, and free night shuttles. There are also several free shuttles to Lake Tahoe and Truckee special events. If you prefer to travel at the accord of your own whims, Uber and Lyft also operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Adventures Around Every Corner
Now comes the fun part: planning your daily adventures! A land of four seasons, Lake Tahoe is beautiful every time of year, so don’t fret if you can’t make it when it’s prime ski season, when the autumn leaves are changing, when the water recreation on the lake has peaked, or when the mountain poppies are at their best… It’s ALL good.
Hiking & Biking
Tahoe Meadows Trail is perfect for seeing the spring flora and fauna making their annual appearance, while Eagle Falls Trail remains a favorite for those seeking breathtaking views of the lake nestled between beautiful forestry and spectacular mountains. Without a doubt, the best part about exploring trails in Tahoe is that they’re different every time you go.
With a full month to enjoy during your Lake Tahoe getaway, don’t limit yourself to just the mountain resorts on the north shore. With 14 ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area, each one has something that makes it unique and special. While Sugar Bowl is an obvious winner for its historical resort on Mt. Disney, 13 lifts, 84 trails, and 1,500 acres of playground, don’t overlook Tahoe Donner for its smaller, family-friendly vibe. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, take the Heavenly Gondola to the top for a visit to EPIC Discovery – a mountaintop playground that features ropes courses, zip-lining, rock climbing, and a mountain coaster.
The mention of water sports at Lake Tahoe automatically summons an image of parasailing or water skiing on the clear blue water of the lake, but there’s so much more to do and see. Rent kayaks or paddle boards for optimal lake exploration, or even spend a day lazily floating down the Truckee River on an inflatable inner tube.
There’s a little foodie in all of us, so we’d be lying if we said partaking in culinary delights wasn’t one of the best things about going on vacation. Luckily, the entire Tahoe area has a vast selection of delectable options to suit every taste. Choose a historical roadhouse with live music, an all-you-can-eat buffet at the casino, a creative up-and-coming sushi restaurant, tapas with a customized wine tasting, ice cream treats in a 1950s parlor…we could go on and on!
The first step in starting your unforgettable journey is booking a place to stay. Our friendly staff is standing by to find you the perfect vacation rental to call home. Not only that, they’d love to help you make the most of your trip, so call today to book your Lake Tahoe vacation and let’s get planning all of the fun you will be having!