While both beautiful and rich in attractions, Lake Tahoe is not just the destination for the wealthy or those who have a lot of money to spend on a vacation. In fact, there are many free attractions in Lake Tahoe that won’t cost you anything to explore and enjoy. So when planning your trip to Lake Tahoe on a budget, make sure to include some or all of these attractions and Lake Tahoe activities in your itinerary.
Located in a densely populated area in Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach is open all year round. But due to its elevation, about 700 feet above the lake, it’s best enjoyed during the warm weather. You can enjoy all the fun activities common to beaches: swimming, walking on the sand, having a picnic, and letting the kids play in the children area. It’s open to the public and it’s free.
Fallen Leaf Lake
If crowded beaches in Lake Tahoe CA don’t appeal to you, then head over to Fallen Leaf Lake to enjoy a semi-private beach that few people frequent. Surrounded by mountains from all sides, Mt. Tallac makes its presence known there. There’s a cafe near the parking site where you can get snacks and ice cream.
Don’t let the name fool you; this wilderness is far from desolate. With over 15 trailheads, you’ll find plenty of hikers and campers in the area. Hiking is free, but if you plan to spend the night, you’ll need to pay a fee. There’s a lot to take in—from granite peaks and subalpine forests to valleys and glacial lakes.
Beaches in Lake Tahoe CA: Commons Beach
Located at the heart of Tahoe City, this popular area is the setting for many festivals and live music performances, and is one of the top beaches in Lake Tahoe CA. The grassy area is a good place to have a picnic and you can enjoy a BBQ in its allocated area. Many of the special events held here are free to attend for everyone.
Donner Memorial State Park
If you’ve heard of the Donner Party, where a group of pioneers ventured into the area one winter and struggled to survive, this is where it all happened. It didn’t end well, and the party in question refers to the extreme measures the surviving pioneers had to resort to, but apart from that grisly history, the area now offers nothing but pristine beauty. You can camp, hike, ski, boat, and just about do anything else you enjoy doing outdoors.
Your trip to Lake Tahoe doesn’t have to be an expensive one. Even if you’re traveling on a budget, there’s a lot of cheap and free attractions to enjoy. Call us today for more information on Lake Tahoe activities and to book one of our vacation rentals!