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Best time to take a trip to Lake Tahoe

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With moderate summer temperatures and cold winters and lots of snow, Lake Tahoe vacations are convenient almost any time of year. If you like skiing or snowboarding, schedule your visit for winter. The largest crowds are actually in the summer months, when all of the historic lodges are open and moderate temperatures let folks from the surrounding desert areas in Nevada cool off a bit. Summer's the time for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and the Fourth of July celebrations at South Lake Tahoe. To save money, you can visit during fall just after the kids go back to school, save some money and enjoy the turn of the leaves.

Things to do in Lake Tahoe

Slopeside happy hours

Popular spots include the tiki bar at Sierra-at-Tahoe, the village at Heavenly and the on-snow swimming pool at Squaw Valley.

Kings Beach

Forget palm trees! Sunbathe next to pine trees at the best sandy beach on Lake Tahoe's north shore.

Relax at a spa

Keep Lake Tahoe’s dry air and high-altitude effects at bay with a hydrating spa treatment. Options along the quiet north shore range from the small Lighthouse Spa, where massages are done overlooking the lake, to the upscale Hyatt Regency spa.

Concerts and live comedy

Thanks to large casino venues Lake Tahoe draws bigger names than other mountain towns. Plan ahead by checking the Montbleu and Harvey’s lineups.

Casinos

Hello, party time! The stateline on Tahoe's south shore is a mini-Las Vegas with Montbleu, Harrah’s, Harvey’s and more. Find karaoke, flashy clubs, all-night eats and gambling galore.

Mountain Bike Northstar-at-Tahoe

Shelling out extra dough for a top-of-the-line demo bike and protective padding are worthwhile Lake Tahoe travel investments. If steep dirt trails are too gnarly for your style, try the 3.5-mile paved South Lake Tahoe Bike Path.

Ski resorts

Hit the trails at major resorts (Alpine Meadows, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose, Squaw Valley, to name a few) or opt for smaller-scale (Boreal, Sugar Bowl). Want lake views? Point your skis (or snowboard) toward Heavenly. Get some air in the very resort town where halfpipe riding was invented: Tahoe's Sierra and Northstar world-class terrain parks.

Celebrity Golf Championship

It’s no secret that Hollywood loves Tahoe, with its location just hours from SoCal and a scenic backdrop perfect for blockbusters like The Godfather Part II. Witness this connection in person at the annual spectator-friendly July golf tournament.

Blue Water Bistro

Lakeshore dining is a must-do on any Lake Tahoe vacation. Try this elegant, casual indoor-outdoor spot on its own dock overlooking the lake. Crabcakes and California wine at sunset are faves.

Boating on Lake Tahoe

Get out on the water during your Lake Tahoe vacation for views of the snow-capped mountains from afar. Everything from personal kayak rentals to full-on Tahoe Queen Cruises are on hand.
 

Insider tips for Lake Tahoe travel

Gilded Age Families

Explore the summer homes and gardens of four Gilded Age families at the Tallac Historic Site.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Stop at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe on a summer visit and walk under the stream to see the fish.

Wilderness Adventures Dog Sled Tours

Go dog sledding in the winter with Wilderness Adventures Dog Sled Tours through the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Tahoe Whitewater Tours

Sign up for a beginning or intermediate whitewater rafting tour with Tahoe Whitewater Tours. Let the staff help you choose which trip is appropriate for your skill level.

Vikingsholm Castle

Tour Vikingsholm Castle at Emerald Bay State Park and get a glimpse into the history of the tourist industry in Lake Tahoe.

Top Rated Hotels for your Lake Tahoe Vacation

Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino
Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino
4.0 out of 5.0 15 Hwy 50, Stateline, NV
$116
4.2/5 (55 reviews)

Very spacious room with view of the hills, little bit dated but not deal breaker.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020
Guests of Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino have access to a full-service spa, a casino, and a nightclub. Free parking is included with your stay. The front ...
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3.0 out of 5.0 931 Park Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA
$111
4.1/5 (88 reviews)

Nice location close to the lake and casinos the bad the swimming pool was under construction

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020
Guests of 3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club enjoy a spa tub, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The ...
Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.0 out of 5.0 3901 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
$85
4.2/5 (79 reviews)

Property and staff was excellent ..location was excellent.. I only stayed one night to go to see a concert but if you are a skier this property is excellently located to Heavenly Valley.. is about 2 miles from stateline casinos and Tahoe nightlife... The only hassle , at least for me, was the complimentary ...

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020
Guests staying at Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna. You can take advantage of free valet parking ...

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