When you think about a trip to beautiful Lake Tahoe, you might only consider it as a winter destination.
While it’s true the skiing and winter activities are amazing in Lake Tahoe, there are quite a few reasons to visit the area in the summer.
If you’re thinking about a warm-weather family vacation to Lake Tahoe, consider the following reasons to go for and things to do while you’re there.
Lake Tahoe tends to be a popular place to visit regardless of the time of year, but in summer you may encounter smaller crowds than you would in winter during ski season.
You also won’t have to consider driving the snow and sometimes difficult winter weather conditions if this is something you aren’t used to.
If you’re flying into the area, you may find that it’s less expensive in the summer months as compared to the winter months.
The peak months in summer are July and August, so among the warmer months or the non-winter months, these will likely be the most crowded times.
One of the best things about visiting Lake Tahoe in the summer as opposed to the winter is the fact you can enjoy the lake. Instead of just being able to see it, you can make your trip about being on the water.
Boating is one of the best ways to enjoy Lake Tahoe, and this can mean sightseeing or dinner cruises, or renting your own boat for the day.
If you’re interested in renting your own watercraft, think about doing the Lake Tahoe Water Trail, which is a wonderful way to see the mountain views and beach shoreline from the lake itself.
Also make sure you give yourself the chance to see Vikingsholm Castle and beach. The castle is Scandinavian-style, and the beach is part of Emerald Bay State Park.
Summer in Lake Tahoe is perfect for biking. There are both paved and dirt biking trails all around Lake Tahoe.
The Flume Trail is around 14 miles one-way, and the elevation is anywhere from 7000 to 8100-feet.
The Flume Trail is above the North East shore of Lake Tahoe, and it’s considered moderately difficult.
There’s the Tahoe Rim Trail, and there’s also the South Shore Bike Path and the Pope-Baldwin Bike Trail.
Probably one of the best things about Lake Tahoe in the summer is the beaches. Some of the many beaches you can visit include:
- Baldwin Beach which is between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson. Baldwin Beach has wide, sandy beaches and also views of Mt. Tallac.
- D.L. Bliss is a beach north of Emerald Bay and it’s a state park and campground as well as a scenic beach. There is water that’s a beautiful turquoise color, cliffs, and coves carved into the shoreline.
- Pope Beach is the perfect place for families because it’s warmer and more shallow than what you’ll find at most of the other beaches.
- Kiva Beach is dog-friendly unlike most of the other Lake Tahoe beaches.
- El Dorado has a lively atmosphere, and it’s located in the center of South Lake Tahoe. During the summer there are lots of water activities, and there’s live music.
- Zephyr Cover is also an activity-packed Lake Tahoe beach. You can go parasailing or kayaking, and this is where many of the Tahoe cruise boat tours leave from at the Zephyr Cove Marina.
Paddleboarding is an incredibly popular Lake Tahoe activity in the summer. The water is very calm and clear, and you can see as far as 70 feet down sometimes in the morning.
There are more than 75 miles of shoreline so you can pick what you’d like to explore, and if you go in the morning, you’ll enjoy a flat lake and calm winds.
Hiking and Waterfall Spotting
Finally, if you go to Lake Tahoe in the summer, make time for hikes and plan to seek out some of the area’s many waterfalls also.
You can hike to the top of Mt. Tallac, and from there you’ll have views of Cascade Lake and South Lake Tahoe. If you hike Mt. Rose, you’ll get views of Reno and the Washoe Valley.
The Emerald Bay Trail is popular, as is the Tahoe Rim Trail.
For waterfalls, Eagle Falls is always a good pick and the walk to get there is fairly easy. There’s also the 65-foot Glen Alpine Falls which is above Fallen Leaf Lake, off Highway 89 north.
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