I’ve traveled to some pretty amazing places around the world, but Lake Tahoe is by far one of my favorite in the States. This massive lake is beautiful in both the snowy winter and warm summer. I’ve only visited in the winter, so I was excited to see what there was to do in the summer. I quickly found out it’s an outdoor lover’s haven. Here’s how to spend an active week in Lake Tahoe.
If you live on the West Coast especially, Tahoe is easy to get to. From Seattle, it’s less than 2 hours to fly into Reno. JetBlue also has direct flights around the country that you can take to Reno including Long Beach and New York (JFK). The Reno-Tahoe Airport is the closest major airport, and from there it’s about an hour and a half to get to Tahoe.
I’ve rented a car when I’ve been there in the past, but I found there was no need this time. It’s much easier to book a ride with South Tahoe Airporter instead of worrying about the cost of renting a car. They’ll drop you off at the nearest hotel and you can relax on the ride there. I was surprised at how walkable South Lake Tahoe was. I was able to walk most places and there’s a ferry available to get to other parts of the lake.
Where to Stay
I love camping and being outdoors, and the Basecamp Hotel doesn’t make you give that up when you stay with them. Their rooms are outdoor-themed and have unique artwork all over the walls.
Even though I was in a city, I felt like I was camping every time I had a meal with them. They have a fire pit at night and you can even buy a s’mores kit for $2 to toast your marshmallows! They had live music on the nights I was there, which was a fun way to end the night.
Tahoe rules when it comes to outdoor activities. You can really do anything you can think of, from paddle boarding to rock climbing to hiking.
If you’re looking for good hikes, here are a few I recommend:
Glen Alpine Falls
While not technically a hike, stop at these waterfalls before going to Fallen Leaf Lake. It was raging when I was there, making it the perfect opportunity to take pictures.
Fallen Leaf Lake
The trail that goes around this lake will give you a good workout. When you’re done, you can always jump in the water to cool off.
This will put you high up in the forest, so you’ll get some amazing views.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
You can walk to this hike if you’re staying in town. It starts underneath the gondolas and goes up pretty high. I loved that you could see both California and Nevada from this hike.
Where to Relax
After all that hiking, you’ll want to relax. Walk over to Lakeside Marina to spend a day on the beach. They have a restaurant that serves meals and beverages for when you get hungry or thirsty.
If you want to see a different part of the lake, take the ferry from Lakeside Marina over to Round Hills Pine Beach. This is a very active beach, with everything from kayak to paddle boarding rentals.
Where to Eat
When it’s warm in Tahoe, everyone’s out celebrating. I loved how many restaurants had patios with live music to enjoy your meals on. For delicious margaritas and tacos, head to Azul Latin Kitchen. If you’re in the mood for pizza, just around the corner within the Heavenly Village is Base Camp Pizza (they have the same owners).
For dinner and entertainment, check out The Loft. They have a comfy lounge to get drinks and appetizers in, and you can see a magic show in an intimate 100+ seat theater afterward.
What’s your favorite activity to do in the summer?
This post was sponsored by Tahoe South and JetBlue, but all opinions are my own.
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