Just 200 miles northeast of San Francisco lies a year-round playground called Lake Tahoe. So whether it’s views of snow-capped mountains or deep blue alpine lakes that do it for you, Lake Tahoe has it all. A haven for skiiers, snowboarders, snowshoers alike, Tahoe is home to Palisades ski resort (previously Squaw Valley), the 1960 Winter Olympics host, Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Valley, and more, with altitudes between 5,000 and 10,000 feet.
In the summer, the generous shoreline and trail system lends itself to hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and, of course, getting out on the water—be that paddleboarding, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, boating, yatching, or scuba diving. However, don’t be fooled by the light blues—especially in Emerald Bay—the water looks deceivingly tropical, but is fed by snow melt.
Tahoe offers over 500 restaurants and a wide range of accommodations—from small hotels that dot the area, especially at King’s Beach, to the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe at Northstar offers ski-in, ski-out rooms.
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Ring in the new year with live music, alpenglow, the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, and the magic of Tahoe’s snowy peaks. You can’t go wrong with a visit to Tahoe in January.
Read more about the best things to do in Tahoe in January here.
The birds are chirping, the sun is warming and the snow is melting. Basically, spring is here and with it farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts, and festivals.
Read more about the best things to do in Tahoe in May here.
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival brings the bard to life on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Performing a series of Shakespeare classics and introducing more contemporary works, audience members take their seats on the beach overlooking the gorgeous.
Read more about the best things to do in Tahoe in August here.