“Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe is one of the prettiest places on the planet.” – SF Chronicle
Lake Tahoe isn’t just North America’s largest mountain lake: it is one of the most beautiful places in California and the perfect place to spend a few days in nature! Do you know about all that Lake Tahoe has to offer? Check out some of its many things to do when visiting this special part of California.
Tips for Visiting Lake Tahoe in the Summer
Lake Tahoe is not just the name of the lake: it is also the name of the region. Most people refer to North Lake Tahoe (North Shore) and South Lake Tahoe (South Shore): both offer nature, restaurants, and beautiful scenery.
Lake Tahoe (also called “Tahoe”) consists of these towns:
- Alpine Meadows
- Carnelian Bay
- Crystal Summit
- Donner Summit
- Incline Village
- Kings Beach
- Squaw Valley
- Tahoe City
- Tahoe Vista
- West Shore
Visit the Lake Tahoe Lodging page for more information about each of these towns and what they offer: some are more popular in the summer (like Kings Beach and Tahoe City) while others like Squaw Valley and Northstar are winter destinations for those who love to ski and snowboard.
Watersports in Lake Tahoe
The beautiful emerald-green lake is what makes Tahoe so famous, so most people spend their time on the water. (Warning: it’s icy cold!) Kayak, canoe, swim, relax on the sandy beaches (Lake Tahoe has 71 miles of shoreline!), or rent a boat and enjoy this beautiful lake and its stunning views of the mountains and pine trees.
Hiking in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is all about nature: go out and explore it! Visit the Lake Tahoe North Shore Hiking webpage for maps, lists of trails, and more information. You can also visit the Lake Tahoe Hiking page for more detailed information about the area’s trails.
Staying in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe has resorts, inns, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals. You can also camp at some of the local campgrounds: this SF Chronicle article provides great recommendations. Also, this Lake Tahoe Lodging webpage will help you choose the right accommodation.
To plan your perfect trip to Lake Tahoe, visit the website UTrip: you enter your dates and the things you want to see, and it will plan your itinerary!