Lake Tahoe has a ton of great things to offer during the summer time, from a gorgeous, pristine lake that’s perfect for boating and swimming to 4th of July fireworks, sandy beaches, awesome hiking trails, and parks that offer wonderfully beautiful views for picnics and family gatherings. You seriously won’t run out of options all summer long! And so today, we’re featuring 10 of the coolest things to do in Tahoe this summer. And then below that, we’re featuring some of our nicest, most luxurious vacation rentals in Tahoe. So go ahead, get planning! You’ll need a cool home and cool ideas for things to do – look no further than the list below!
1. – Bocce Ball at Ski Beach in Incline Village. Every Wednesday, get your bocce on in Incline Village with wine, music, appetizers, and plenty of fun! There’s always a post-bocce barbecue afterwards, too. You need to register by noon the day of and the price ranges from $12 to $15.
2. – Carrie Underwood! Join Grammy Award-winning superstar Carrie Underwood at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena for a one-nightly only show on Friday, July 18th. This show is a part of the Summer Concert Series at Harveys, which also will feature other great artists this summer, like Sarah McLachlan, Journey, The Eagles, and Lady Gaga.
3. – Boating & Cruises on Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is quite simply an awesome place to boat. The water is crystal clear and the views are simply stunning. There are lots of vacation rentals available with boat docks, and it’s super easy to bring the family into the boat and troll the lake for a while. One of the coolest boating activities is seeing the 4th of July fireworks right from your boat! There are cruises available as well, and you can also rent boats for use. The Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club is a great place to start out with recreational boating as well. They have great food and good drinks, too.
4. – Camping. Tahoe has some truly spectacular places to pitch a tent and camp. And hey, the weather’s nice all summer, so why not? When it comes to camping, the North Shore has some great hiking and fishing, the South Shore is great for families (and RVs), the West Shore is near some awesome hiking and biking trails as well as historic sites, and the East Shore has some camping near some great beaches. You can find some great camping location ideas here.
5. – 5K Foam Fest. On Saturday, August 2nd, the 5K Foam Fest hits Reno! The “newest and craziest race to hit the nation,” the Foam Fest is a mix of foam, mud, and obstacles, combining a normal 5K race with mud, foam, inflatable obstacles, army crawls, walls, cargo net climbs, a moon walk, slip’n’slides, and more. Whether you’re an experienced racer or not, the Foam Fest will make running 5K fun, challenging, and rewarding.
6. – Hike to Granite Lake. Granite Lake is a beautiful lake tucked away in the ridge leading up to Maggies Peaks. The trail is steep and it’s 2 – 4 miles long, depending on how far you want to go. Located on the West Shore, this hike offers astounding views of Lake Tahoe, a nice glacial lake, and great views of Maggies Peaks. The trail starts at Emerald Bay, a few miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89.
7. – Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. This summer, from July 11 through August 24, you can see Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It in one of the world’s most breathtaking venues, Sand Harbor State Park. Sand Harbor State Park is located three miles south of Incline Village in Nevada. You won’t be disappointed with this show. Not only does it feature some great acting, but you’ll be able to enjoy a sandy beach, bottles of wine, and a gourmet meal all at the same time! Find tickets here.
8. – Tahoe City Fine Arts & Crafts Festival. From August 15th through August 17th, enjoy meeting with 45 different artisans and craftspeople showcasing a ton of different arts and crafts, including oil paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more. The event is completely free and it takes place at Boatworks Mall, right in the heart of the West Shore’s Tahoe City. And hey, the views aren’t bad, either.
9. – Lake Tahoe Yoga. Lake Tahoe Yoga offers a variety of daily yoga classes that include Vinyasa, Yin, Alignment, heated, and more. Best of all, you can choose the location you want to practice in! Lake Tahoe Yoga offers practice in the studio, on the beach, on a paddle board in the water, and more. Their Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga class looks especially cool! Even expecting mothers and beer fans will find exactly what they’re looking for at Lake Tahoe Yoga.
10. – Hot Air Balloon Rides. What better way to see the amazing sights and views of Tahoe than from a balloon high up in the air!? Balloon rides usually begin right after sunset and flights generally operate from May through October. And hey, with Lake Tahoe Balloons, you even get a continental breakfast served on board! Some other balloon companies to consider are Balloon Nevada and Balloons Over Lake Tahoe.
And now, some spectacular vacation rental options in the Tahoe area that are bound to make your Tahoe vacation a special one.
1. – Beach House with Jetted Tub, Pier & Private Buoy, Tahoe Vista, CA
Located on a gorgeous sandy beach with private access, this superbly decorated home with a jetted tub, patio furniture, and all modern amenities is elegance incarnate. Conveniently located within walking distance to a grocery store, golf, shops, and restaurants, this house is only 10 minutes away from the Northstar California Ski Resort and makes an absolutely perfect vacation rental option.
2. – Luxury Lakeview House with Hot Tub & Pool Table, Tahoe City, CA
Luxury Lakeview Retreat is a stunning vacation home located on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe with amazing panoramic lakeviews and a beautiful landscape garden to relax in and enjoy the views with the whole family. This six-bedroom house with additional apartment is a wonderful vacation rental, has old Tahoe charm, is extremely well-equipped, and is a pleasure to visit.
3. – Upscale Home with Private Beach Near Marina, South Lake Tahoe, CA
If you enjoy the beach, you’ll love this spacious and bright home located right on the lake and featuring its own private beach! Walk right out your back door and there you are, right on the beach, where you can sunbathe, play volleyball or badminton, create a small fire, or go swimming. This multi-million dollar home is simply paradise and will make your Tahoe vacation one you’ll never forget.
4. – Grand, Lavish Home with Hot Tub & Sauna, Incline Village, NV
This exquisite and contemporary vacation home in Incline Village is perfect for large groups wanting to spend some great times together. Incline Village is one of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful vacation rental destinations, and it is the hub for activities such as golfing and skiing. Minutes away from beaches and restaurants, this home serves to you on a platter the very best that Incline Village has to offer.
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We have a lot of spectacular vacation rentals in the Lake Tahoe area, and many of them are stunning, luxurious, and immaculate. But we do have a lot of affordable options in Tahoe, too. And so today we are featuring three Lake Tahoe vacation rentals that you can rent without breaking the bank. Check them out. All three have fairly open calendars for the next few months. And don’t forget, you can find exclusive discounts on Zaranga that you won’t find anywhere else!
#1 (South Lake Tahoe, CA): Brand-New Cabin with Gas Fireplace
This brand-new, high-end cabin is newly remodeled and features a bright and cheerful, wide-open living area. With pine accents and gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, the home feels luxurious but supremely comfortable at the same time. Inside this home you will find a huge living area that features two leather couches, plenty of chairs, and a huge stone fireplace with gas insert. The fireplace really is the centerpiece of the room and is simply stunning. There are a ton of big windows in the living room, too, which let in sunlight and offer some breathtaking views of the surrounding forests. There is a loft area upstairs that features more couches, a TV with DVD player, and a surround sound system. It’s a great place for the kids to go do their own thing for a while or for the whole crew to have a movie night. Amenities include: 3 TVs, a gas fireplace, DVD players, a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a BBQ, and Internet service.
#2 (Tahoe City, CA): 3-Bedroon Unit with Common Pool & Hot Tub
This end unit gets nice natural light and is just steps away from the common hot tub area. Amenities include pool access, tennis access, and a hot tub. There are grassy areas in the back and to the right of the unit. The front door leads into living room, which features a TV/DVD/VHS, a wood-burning stove, a recliner, and a couch. This condo got new chairs in late 2011. The dining room features a table that can seat six, but there is a counter with stools for additional seating as well. This main floor features laundry, a 1/2 bath, and sliding doors that lead out to the back porch, which has a Webber BBQ. Upstairs you will find the master bedroom, which features a King bed and a 3/4 bath (shower only, no tub). The second bedroom and third bedrooms are also upstairs, and they feature 2 sets of bunk beds and a queen bed. There is an additional full bath up here as well. Amenities include: wireless high-speed Internet, gas/propane BBQ, dishwasher, wood fireplace, hot tub, laundry, pool, and tennis.
#3 (S. Lake Tahoe, CA): Pet-Friendly Home Next to National Forest
This cozy, pet-friendly home backs up against a big national forest and is located in a quiet neighborhood. The hiking and biking trails in the forest behind you are just minutes away, and you can access them at any time. Best of all, you can bring your pets into this property and you’ll have plenty of space to take them for walks, whether that just be around the neighborhood or down one of the many trails nearby. The house itself is fully furnished and offers a lot of sunlight. It includes a big deck with plenty of lounge furniture, perfect for socializing, reading, enjoying a drink, or even doing some grilling. The house offers free wireless, 2 TVs and a DVD player, a gas BBQ, a washer and dryer, a gas fireplace, a full kitchen with granite countertops, and a one-level design that is perfect for those who don’t want to do stairs constantly. Even the kitchen/dining room in this home is well-lit, with a big window right next to the dining room table. There’s a bar/island that connects the kitchen to the living area as well, and it offers a bit of extra seating for large dinner gatherings. The most amazing aspect of this property is the gorgeous woods surrounding you. Pines and other trees completely surround you and the national forest is right next door. You’ll feel completely secluded, like you’re camping alone on a mountaintop. But you’ll have all of the amenities of home, too.
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This year, Zaranga is celebrating the holidays by spotlighting some of our best vacation rentals of the year in certain areas across the United States. Each day, for 12 days, we will feature the “Top 3 Vacation Rentals” in a popular vacation spot. The top-three list will include information about the rentals as well as the reasons why we chose the property as one of our top three of 2013 in that area. So, without further ado, let the festivities begin!
Nestled in a quiet, forested neighborhood, this deluxe home has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The home features a great room, a living room, a dining area, and a kitchen and there is a large deck off of the dining room and one of the bedrooms with its own private hot tub. Downstairs you will find a large den area with its own fireplace and four beds. It’s a perfect, cave-like spot to sleep. The home is located on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe in the Meyers area and it’s just 10 miles from the casinos at the state line, a 15-minute drive away from Heavenly, and a 20-minute drive away from Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Editor’s Reasons: Look at the view from that hot tub! Need we say more? Well, maybe. This home is perfect for your next winter getaway. It features a huge living area with a beautiful, warm fireplace that’s perfect for an evening of relaxation after skiing. Additionally, there’s a stunning kitchen and whoever gets the master suite has a hot tub right out the sliding-glass door! The view from the back deck features hundreds of pine trees and beautiful mountains in the distance. It’s an all-around stunning house.
Enjoy entertaining in this great property with an open floor plan. New wood floors (Fall 2010) give the entire house a modern appeal and fresh look. This one-level home has sliding doors opening onto the large deck with gas grill and hot tub. A covered front door opens into a mud room, which opens into a fantastic woodsy living room, dining room, and kitchen. Dining table for 14, 2 suede Queen sleeper sofas, flat-screen TV/DVD/VHS, and gas fireplace.
Editor’s Reasons: This home is perfect for holiday entertaining. Just look at that big, long table that would be perfect for Christmas dinner. And you can all watch the football game while you’re eating, too! With a woodsy feel but modern furniture and amenities, this is the perfect Tahoe house to spend a few nights in. And best of all, there’s a warm hot tub on the back deck that’s just perfect for relaxing in after a long day of skiing.
This extremely sunny chalet is located on a wide and deep waterway and has very quick and easy access to the lake. When you walk out your back door you’ll find a boat dock all your own. If you’re planning to bring a boat to Lake Tahoe, this is the perfect place to stay. What’s more, you won’t find a sunnier spot than this in the entire Lake Tahoe area: the chalet faces the water with a spectacular wall of windows that let in tons of light and also give you astounding views of the water, the surrounding mountains, and the quiet, peaceful waterfront neighborhood surrounding you.
Editor’s Reasons: While this home is simply perfect for a summer vacation on Lake Tahoe, it’s also a great spot for winter trips. We chose this chalet because it’s so unique: the shape of the house, the design, and the wall of windows all make it one of a kind. Just picture yourself waking up, brewing some coffee, and sitting on the couch looking out at the lake, the snow, and all the beauty that surrounds you. You could also brave the cold and sip your coffee out on the deck. Just make sure you bundle up!
There’s more than just a lake in Tahoe. The entire summer is stuffed full of activities that cater to all ages and tastes. Here are some of the highlights still to come this summer!
Tahoe City Solstice Festival, June 19th to 22nd – This four-day festival features several events that highlight the traits and characteristics of Tahoe. With a classic car show, fireworks, and the Tahoe City Wine Walk on the 22nd, this festival is a great chance to immerse yourself in the local culture.
Adventure Sports Week, June 20th to 29th – A week of sporting events, competitions, music, and family activities means there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Concerts at Commons Beach, June 22nd to September 7th – Local, regional, and national performers bring their talent to Commons Beach every Sunday for 12 straight weeks.
Red, White, and Tahoe Blue, July 3rd to 5th – Four days featuring a variety of activities, including parades, wine tastings, ice cream-eating contests, a carnival, and even the most extreme rubber ducky race in the history of mankind. There’s no better way to celebrate the country’s birthday.
7th Annual Beerfest and Bluegrass Event, July 5th – Celebrate Independence Day weekend the good old-fashioned way! Over 30 regional breweries serve up world-class beer with live bluegrass music and children’s activities at the Village Rink. Tickets are $30 in advance or $38 at the door.
Truckee Tahoe Airfair and Family Festival, July 12th – If your idea of a good time gets going around Mach 2, then stop by the Truckee Tahoe Airport for this festival. This event is free to attend and includes free parking. All proceeds go towards supporting local youth programs.
Brews, Jazz and Funk Festival, August 9th to 10th – Great music and great beer converge in this two-day celebration, with bands playing from 2pm to 6pm on both days. A $5 donation gets you in the door and selections from over 40 breweries means that you’ll never go thirsty, at least for these 2 days.
29th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival Fest, August 31st to September 7th – The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is recognized as the premier food, wine, brew and spirits festival in Northern California and the Sierra Nevada..
There’s much more happening in Tahoe all summer long, but these are just a few of the biggest events that make a Lake Tahoe vacation the right choice for cooling down this summer! If you are looking for a place to stay, we have a wide selection of fantastic Lake Tahoe vacation rentals that are a perfect complement to your fun-filled activities during the day.
About the Author:
Updated by Zaranga on April, 2014
Original post written by Tristan Roberts, a husband, father, and lake lover hoping you’ll spend some time with him this summer in Lake Tahoe. When he’s not cooling down by the shore he works as a Lake Tahoe real estate agent for CB Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe is a one-stop shop for the perfect family vacation, but the planning process can be a little overwhelming. With an abundance of activities on offer, the all-season allure of the region offers families the convenience of being able to vacation any time of year. Though Tahoe is renown for its world class ski resorts, nationally rated bike trails, and jaw-dropping scenery, its myriad towns are chalk full of culture, culinary mastery, fabulous festivals and more. Lake Tahoe’s towns make for great weekend jaunts and provide an optimal base for families looking to indulge in local outdoor activities while enjoying all the comforts of home.
Perched at the headwaters of the Truckee River on Lake Tahoe sits the snow capital of Tahoe City. Hailed as the ‘Gateway to the Lake’, this charming lakeside community epitomizes Tahoe life. A paved lakeside pathway allows families to spend picture perfect afternoon walking, strolling or cycling down along the river and across the historic Lake Tahoe Dam. Spend a morning wandering the Foothill Farmer’s Market, teeming with fresh local produce, and the afternoon learning to sail. Take the kids to Commons Beach and let them blow off some steam on the jungle gym, or grab some popcorn and a blanket, and snuggle up lakeside for a fantastic movie under the stars. An impressive line-up of summer concerts and a myriad of winter festivals delight music lovers of all ages, and culture fanatics will love the city’s selection of century old haunted heritage sites! Colorful eateries and unique shops dot friendly streets, snow-capped mountains hover in the distance, and warm smiles greet you wherever you go. Tahoe City is an ideal mountain town for the active, outdoor loving family. For places to stay in Tahoe City, check out our selection of vacation rentals in Tahoe City.
Developed in 1961 by a group of free-loving San Franciscans, Alpine Meadows has long been a beloved favorite of local skiers and snowboarders, and has an impressive following from visitors across the country. Every year, an estimated 402 inches of powder snow fall here each year, making it the longest running ski resort in the entire Lake Tahoe region. Your family will love zig-zagging through tree lined runs, and for beginners, there are plenty of gentle bowls to learn the ropes. This resort town hosts one of the only youth snow competition for children under the age of 12 in the region. During the summer months, the fly fishing is second to none, the cycling trails are infinite and the Ward and Scott peak hikes are awe inspiring. For places to stay in Alpine Meadows, check out our selection of vacation rentals in Alpine Meadows.
Nestled halfway between Truckee and Lake Tahoe sits the Squaw Valley, a postcard perfect panorama of alpine scenery. Once the scene of the Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games in 1960, visitors to Squaw Valley have embraced the spirit of adventure, exploration and love of nature. The winter months provide 3,600 acres of pristine ski and snowboard runs across 6 peaks. Young families love the gentle meandering slopes and Olympic level athletes can’t get enough of Squaw’s steep cliffs and challenging bowls. The summer months bring miles of bike paths, hiking trails, roller skating and swimming all accessible by the mountain’s Aerial Tram. For places to stay in Squaw valley, check out our selection of vacation rentals in Squaw Valley.
The modest stretch of small Lake Tahoe communities alongside Hwy 89 is known collectively as the West Shore. Often coined as the “Black Forest” for its thick wooded appearance, the West Shore’s 9,000 year old history is both long and fascinating. Once the home to the region’s earliest residents, the Washoe Indians, the area is also the scene of the gold rush and home to the regions oldest bar, Chambers Landing. May 2008 marked the opening of the Tahoe Maritime Museum, an impressive facilities emulating historic wooden boathouses from Homewood. The unique museum is open year round and provides a great interactive experience for visitors of all ages. The area features an Olympic Hill ski jump, and a number of Olympic Nordic course trails available to advanced ski enthusiasts. Be sure to pay Homewood Mountain Resort and go for a wander through it’s charming pedestrian village. For places to stay in West Shore, check out our selection of vacation rentals in West Shore.
South Lake Tahoe
Your very stop in South Lake Tahoe should be one of several visitors’ centers. Scoop up a map, and have a quick chat, because there are so many activities available in the area, you won’t know where to start first! A stop in at ‘Explore Tahoe’, a fabulous interpretive center located at the Heavenly Village Transit Center on Highway 50. The ‘Explore Tahoe’ experience uses interactive exhibits to educate visitors about the plethora of activities available in the area, as well as information about the local wildlife. Hiking enthusiasts will love the array of trail options available on the Tahoe Rim Trial, and once the snow melts in the beautiful Sierra’s, sweeping views of pristine waterfalls await. In the mood for a something a little artsy? Check out Valhalla at Lake Tahoe, home of the renown annual Valhalla Arts & Music Festival, and the site of ongoing dance, theatre and art exhibits all year round. For families who love to spend all their time in the great outdoors, the city of South Lake Tahoe is second to none when it comes to camping facilities. In fact, the public campground is so popular with visitors, that spots often sell out early on in the season so make sure to call ahead and get a reservation! For places to stay in South Lake Tahoe, check out our selection of vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe.
It should come as no surprise that Lake Tahoe has been voted as “America’s Best Lake” and is consistently hailed as one of the nations most beloved destinations. With just about every outdoor activity one could dream on offer here, the most difficult aspect of Tahoe trip planning is deciding what to do first. For sport fisherman, if trout fishing is your game, the Lake Tahoe region is brimming with fabulous fishing hotspots for the leisure and advanced fishermen alike. Need a little guidance? We’ve got 8 of Tahoe’s best fishing spots to make sure that you bring home the big one!
1) Donner Lake
Nestled in beautiful Sierra Nevada in Donner Memorial State Park, Donner Lake is of great historic significance. Once a scene of a pioneers that reached their demise during a grave winter. The Lake is now home to a burgeoning population of brown and Rainbow trout. For both shore fishermen and top liners, throw some flasher/worm bait on the end of your rod and you be sure to strike up some luck in the shallows!
2) Lake Tahoe
Approximately 22 miles long, 12 miles across and 72 miles all the way around, Lake Tahoe is renown for it’s pristine waters and abundance of mackinaw and kokonee salmon. Early in the season, mackinaw weighing around 5-7lbs are plentiful. Later on into the season, mackinaw in the smaller range can be found close to shore, and for the big one, head out to depths of 200 feet or more. Toplining here can be slow going at first, but the dazzling backdrop would distract any fishermen on a slow morning.
3) Boca Reservoir
Located about 2 miles north of the Boca exit just off of I-80 on Stampede Dam Rd lies one of the best all around shore fishing locales in the region. Experienced fishermen here use inflated nightcrawlers to attract trout from the nearby dam and inlet area. Throw some power bait and salmon eggs on your line and catch yourself some beautiful rainbow. The reservoir is a favorite for trollers, and fly fishermen enjoy treasures caught at sunrise.
4) Frenchman’s Reservoir
Sitting at an elevation of 5,558 feet and located approximately 8- miles west of Highway 395, 25 miles of Susanville, Frenchman is a local favorite for rainbow and kamloop trout fishing. The 21 miles of lush pine covered shoreline makes it a peaceful spot, and with two boat ramps readily accessible, it’s no wonder why the locals frequent this hot spot. In the early spring and late fall, find delicious catfish on the end of your line!
5) Fallen Leaf Lake
Just 30 miles southeast of Tahoe City sitting at an elevation of 6,400 feet and mere miles from the southern shores of Lake Tahoe lies Fallen Leaf Lake. With personal and rental boats permitted on the lake, as well as gas, launching facilities and a shop with everything you’ll need to have a successful day out there on the lake. While fishing is somewhat limited here, anglers are able to reel in rainbow, brown and mackinaw trout with little effort.
6) Truckee River
The Truckee River has long been a favorite for both locals and returning visitors alike. Access to the river is relatively easy as it meanders alongside the California Highway 89 and Interstate 80. In the early part of the season, most success is found within the deep pools, and the locals say that fishing the section of the river between Tahoe City and the River Ranch yield the best catch and is regularly stocked by the Department of Fish and Game during the spring months.
7) Stampede Reservoir
With a surface area of 3,450 acres, sitting at an elevation of 5,949 feet and located a mere 15 miles north of Truckee, the Stampede Reservoir, is one of the most picturesque fishing spots in the region. The reservoir also happens to yield a significant number of trophy class rainbow and brown trout, and most who spend a day here come away with a great deal of success. It’s best to come well before the end of summer to avoid a dramatic drop in the water levels.
8) Prosser Creek Reservoir
Approximately 40 miles west of Reno, sitting an elevation of 5,715 feet lies the 740 acre Prosser Reservoir. Tree lined shores and tranquil waters mark this beautiful reservoir, and many experienced fishermen say that it is home to some of the finest brown and rainbow fishing in California.
The Lake Tahoe region boasts some of the best trout fishing in the nation, and if spending a week shore side in the great outdoors is your idea of heaven, pack up the rod, grab your tackle and enjoy some blissful peace at any of our 8 best Tahoe fishing spots! And if you are looking for a place to stay when you are there, we have beautiful vacation rentals near all of these fishing spots – Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, Boca Reservoir, Fallen Leaf Lake, Truckee River, Stampede Reservoir, and Prosser Creek Reservoir.
If you have some vacation time on the books, but you’re wavering on whether you should leave the family dog at home, waver no more, Fido needs a vacation too. Finding pet-friendly destinations can be difficult, but if fresh mountain air, thousands of miles of pristine shoreline and an abundance of hikes is up your alley, Lake Tahoe is the perfect locale to bring your dog. Still on the fence? Here are 5 reasons why Lake Tahoe is doggie heaven for your favorite pooch.
1) Taking Your to Pup to Tahoe is a Cost Saver
Boarding your dog is an exceptionally costly extra. And it’s certainly not one that you want to have to worry about when you’re already shelling out your hard earned dollars for a vacation. Tack on all the extras a pet-sitter or boarding facility would cost, and it just wouldn’t make sense.
2) Lake Tahoe is Chalk Full of Pet Friendly Accommodations
North and South Tahoe residents are as much dog lovers as the myriad visitors that flock to the area every year. The region is teeming with pet friendly houses and cabins, charging a fraction of what it would cost to leave your dog at home in a boarding facility or with a pet sitter. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, some that provide little extras like dog bowls and beds so you don’t have to bring them with you.
3) Dogs Love Hitting the Trail
Lake Tahoe is renown for its infinite hiking trails, glacier carved slopes, pristine alpine meadows, and endless miles of exquisite forest. Whether you and your pup are weekend warriors or every die hard outdoor enthusiasts, what better life could there be for a dog than in Tahoe country? With more territory than one could possibly cover, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to trail time, and at the end of every glorious day, the whole family will have a renewed understanding of what it means to be dog tired!
4) Dogs Are Water Babies
Most dogs can’t stay away from the water if they try, and with 496.2 km² of water to explore, why on earth would you want to leave the family dog at home? Love to canoe, kayak or just float around in your dingy? Throw a doggie life jacket on your pooch and watch them delight in afternoon after afternoon of water play. There are a number of dog friendly beaches like Skylandia Park on Lake Forest Road in Tahoe City, Waterman’s Landing in Carmelian bay, or Coon Street Beach on King’s Beach. Rest assured, there are plenty of places to let your pup play.
5) Tahoe Towns Love Dogs
Just because you have a dog in tow doesn’t mean that you can’t meander into town for some good eats and a little sightseeing. And besides, Fido likes a snack or two as well! During the summer months, a number of restaurants open up their patios to would-be diners, and with that, out come the doggie bowls and dog-loving cafe owners offering gourmet treats. The Auld Dubliner in the Village at the Squaw Valley, The Char-Pit at King’s Beach and Rosie’s Cafe in Tahoe City are just a sampling of eateries that welcome you and your pooch!
Lake Tahoe offers more than you and your trusty companion can dream up. Load up the car, pack up your pooch, and head to Tahoe for a vacation full of adventure and fun. Zaranga has hundreds of pet friendly vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe that would be a perfect home away from home for you are your pooch.
Lake Tahoe is far more than America’s greatest lake, it’s where two great states meet, and where the great outdoors invites you and yours to be dazzled by its splendor. The Shores of Lake Tahoe are brimming with activities, and if you’re looking to make unforgettable memories with your children, Tahoe is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the country. So forget the dizzying crowds of Disneyland, let nature be your amusement ride. With endless amounts of entertainment right at your doorstep, let Lake Tahoe be your children’s playground.
Whether they have training wheels or are gunning for a career with the pros, Lake Tahoe offers your little tykes some of the best biking terrain in the entire country. As a family, you have the option of racing through rocky backcountry trails, or for those just learning the ropes, there are several paved bike paths that provide miles of scenic fun. Bike in convoy up to Dollar Point, passing Skylandia Beach and Park along the way, or take your more accomplished little riders to Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Have yourself an infant in tow? There are plenty of paths flat enough for a stroller. Bring your bikes with you, or rent from the one of the many bike rental shops around the Lake.
To say that Tahoe is renown for its hiking trails would be a gross understatement, and what’s better at the end of the day then tucking in utterly exhausted children, giving you the tranquility of a beautiful Tahoe evening. Lake Tahoe provides an abundance of hiking options, whether it’s a quick hike to Angora Lake for a soothing swim, or a rigorous expedition up Mount Tallac, providing sweeping views of both Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe. Load up your daypacks with plenty of snacks, and water, and have the kids play a few nature games along the way. You’ll enjoy the views, and they’ll enjoy the challenge, it’s an activity tailor made for families of all ages and skill levels.
Hit the Slopes
Thankfully, Lake Tahoe is an all-season destination, so whether you want to whisk the family away for the Christmas holidays, or the sizzling summer months, no matter what time of year, there are always plenty of things to do. Sweeping mountain ranges, thrilling cliff drops, and epic lake views not to mention the 400 inches of pristine powder that befalls the myriad resorts each year. Are your kids new to skiing? Why not make new memories in a resort area that caters specifically to families. Sledding, tubing and tram rides are also on offer,
Have yourself a gaggle of water babies to entertain? Take the kids on a fun-filled afternoon meander down the Truckee River. A calm stretch between Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows promises to delight and thrill kids of all swimming abilities. Throw on some water wings or put the whole family on a set of inner tubes, either way, a drift down the Truckee River will be a memory talked about for years to come.
Day at the Beach
Who needs the ocean to enjoy the beach? The shores of Lake Tahoe are not only beautiful, but they’re the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. Take the family to Sand Harbor on the East Shore on the Nevada side, its shores are particularly pristine, with sugary sand beaches and with water as clear as crystal. Grab your bucket full of beach goodies, pack a picnic and spend the day building a sand castle. Or, dare the cool depths of Lake Tahoe, bring the family dog, and enjoy watching your kids splash about. For more details, check out our post on top Lake Tahoe beaches.
Kids love being involved in what the grown-ups are doing, and fishing at Lake Tahoe is one the most popular activities in the region. Catch the big one with the kids at Taylor Creek, and alpine stream that is quickly becoming Tahoe’s hottest fishing spot for families. Or take the little ones to Fallen Leaf Lake Campground, home of the only spawning creek for Tahoe’s Kokanee Salmon. At the beginning of October each year, the Forest Service hosts the Kokanee Festival, educating visitors about the importance of the Kokanee species.
If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not Tahoe is an ideal family destination, rest assured, the activity list is exhaustive and the possibilities endless. The above activities are just a sampling of what’s on offer, so pack up the kids, and hit the road. Family fun in Lake Tahoe awaits. If you are looking for a place to stay, we have a wide selection of fantastic Lake Tahoe cabins that are a perfect complement to your fun-filled activities during the day.
Come to Lake Tahoe and prepare to be captivated. Its splendid peaks provide a beautiful backdrop for its breathtaking views. Its crystal clear waters soak up the different shades and hues of the bright blue skies. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy Lake Tahoe and all its natural splendor. If you are looking for a summer adventure, you cannot go wrong with any of the beaches there. Here is our pick of the top beaches in Lake Tahoe and places to stay near them.
North Lake Tahoe Beaches
Beaches located north of Lake Tahoe are the busiest – especially during the summer season. If you want the hustle and the bustle of your city life on your vacation spot, this is the best place for you to go. You and your family and friends can look forward to a wonderful experience in one of its top beaches.
The largest in the area is Kings Beach, which offers you all of the amenities you’ll ever need. The beach allows you to enjoy watersports like kayaking, jet skiing, and parasailing. The spectacular views will enchant you and the friendly locale will make you feel right at home. Kings Beach is beautiful even in winter and you will love watching the snow as it falls gracefully on the redwood trees. Related Info: Directions to Kings Beach; Vacation Rentals near Kings Beach.
If you love boating or want to try it out, the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area is where you should go. The beach features a sheltered boat launch, which is just one of the many facilities if offers to boaters. You and your traveling companions can also enjoy kayaking and hiking on the Lake Tahoe water trail. But the one thing you must try other than boating is the Tahoe Bungy. Your trip won’t be complete without this super fun activity. Related Info: Directions to Tahoe Vista Recreation Area; Vacation Homes near Tahoe Vista Recreational Area.
Chambers Beach is the place to be if you want to get away from the crowds and have some well-deserved rest and relaxation. The hidden beach is accessible by foot or via a bicycle. Chambers Beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and sightseeing. This is a perfect place when you are vacationing alone or with a special someone. Related Info: Directions to Chambers Beach; Vacation Homes near Chambers Beach.
West Lake Tahoe Beaches
Lake Tahoe’s rich history is most evident in its western part. You will see structures and rock formations used by native Indians in the past – the earliest of which were the Washoe Indians. Even though much of the area is being protected, preserved, and restored, west Lake Tahoe has some of the most family-friendly beaches. Children specially have a lot to look forward to in this side of Tahoe.
Sugar Pine Point State Park Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches you will find in west Tahoe. You can always swim in its clear blue waters, though most people – especially kids – prefer to fish or simply admire the beauty of it. One of the things you shouldn’t miss, however, when you visit this beach is the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, which is a lovely old home built in 1903. Apart from admiring the beauty and antiquity of the structure, you can loiter around, enjoy a picnic, and even play tennis on the surrounding area. Related Info: Directions to Sugar Pine Point State Park Beach; Vacation Homes near Sugar Pine Point State Park Beach.
If there is one beach that can make feel right at home at Tahoe, it’s the Commons Beach. It’s one of the best family beaches in Tahoe and is a great place for the young and the young at heart. There’s a jungle gym, a climbing rock, and grassy area where you can frolic and have fun to your heart’s content. When you vacation in summer, you can look forward to concerts, family movie nights, and the Farmer’s Market. Whichever activities you choose, you will always remember your summer at the Commons Beach. Related Info: Directions to Commons Beach; Cabins near Commons Beach.
Camping is especially fun at D.L. Bliss State Park. You not only get to enjoy the lake’s breathtaking views but also access some of the most excellent trails around the area. The park is well maintained and there are plenty of amenities available to make your stay more comfortable. The campsite is one of the best in the areas and you can bring with you your family – even your pets. One of the things you can look forward to is the bear visits, which usually happens in the middle of the night. Related Info: Directions to D.L. Bliss State Park; Vacation Homes near D.L. Bliss State Park.
South Lake Tahoe Beaches
South Lake Tahoe gives you the best views of crystal clear waters, the Alpine peaks, and the bright blue skies beyond. If you are a photographer, a sightseer, or simply a lover of nature, this is the best place for you to go. People rarely go here for water sports, even though enjoying them here is still possible. You can bring friends, your family, and even your pets because these places are not as strict or commercialized as the other beaches in Tahoe.
Emerald Bay State Park offers you an excellent view of the lake and vacation experience you will never forget. As its name implies, the water is the color of emerald, especially the area near the Eagle Falls. If want to enjoy Lake Tahoe in all its splendor, this is the best place for you to stay. The drive may be circuitous, but it’s all worth the effort. Even though people go to this place to go hiking and sightseeing, some still try water sports like motor boating. Related Info: Directions to Emerald Bay State Park; Cabins near Emerald Bay State Park.
If you are looking forward to a peaceful and relaxing vacation, the Pope Beach is definitely an ideal place for you to stay. You can sit in the sand and watch the world go by. You can grill your favorite steak and have a picnic by the trees. The place is also perfect for family getaways with its kid-friendly amenities and well maintained facilities. Pope Beach is ideal if you want to avoid the crowds and want to spend some quality time with friends and loved ones. Related Info: Directions to Pope Beach; Vacation Homes near Pope Beach.
Head over to Kiva Beach if you’re vacationing with your dogs. Of all the places in Tahoe, it’s the most pet-friendly. You will bump into other friendly pet owners and their most trusted traveling companions. Other than the wonderful ambiance and welcoming environment, the place is absolutely gorgeous. Kiva Beach provides you a beautiful view of the Mount Tallac as well as the surrounding Alpine meadows. The place is also well maintained, so you can look forward to an enjoyable day with nature, your loyal companion, and yourself. Related Info: Directions to Kiva Beach; Vacation Rentals near Kiva Beach.
Camp Richardson or as the locals call it “Camp Rich” is another family friendly beach where everything from Jet Ski and power boat rentals, to paddle boat and kayaks are available. Kids and adults alike will enjoy relaxing on the long stretch of Lake Tahoe beach, and enjoy the swimming area. Related Info: Directions to Camp Richardson; Cabins near Camp Richardson.
East Lake Tahoe Beach
Beaches located on the east of Lake Tahoe are just as busy as the ones on the north. If you are looking for a variety of activities to go with your beautiful views of the lake, this is the area in Tahoe where you should be vacationing. Get ready for the crowds because, just like you, there are looking forward to making the most of their stay.
One of the most popular destinations in the east of Tahoe is Zephyr Cove Beach. It offers an excellent view of the lake as well as a wide range of amenities to make your stay more convenient. The area hosts different facilities, from modern campgrounds to beachfront cabins. The place offers you plenty of options so you can go all out or work around your budget. Related Info: Directions to Zephyr Cove Beach; Vacation Rentals near Zephyr Cove Beach.
If you want to get away from the crowds, Nevada Beach is an ideal choice. Walk-in is free and there are fewer people compared to other beaches. The campground is beautiful, nestling you among trees, giving you access to crystal clear waters, and providing you a great view of the beauty of Tahoe. The place is perfect whether you are going alone or taking your friends with you. Even during holidays like the 4th of July, there are still no crowds. You can enjoy watching the fireworks amidst the beauty of nature. Related Info: Directions to Nevada Beach; Vacation Homes near Nevada Beach.
Head over to Sand Harbor Beach if you want to enjoy the sun, the sand, and the lake. You can go swimming, scuba diving, and sightseeing. Other than the breathtaking views and the relaxing environment, you can to picnicking on one of its beautiful, well-maintained areas and go hiking on the sand point nature trail. Boating is also possible on this area and you can look forward to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, which is held every July and August. Related Info: Directions to San Harbor Beach; Vacation Rentals near Sand Harbor Beach.
You can enjoy Lake Tahoe anytime you want by simply dropping by any of the top Lake Tahoe beaches. Whether you are going with your family or with your friends, you can look forward to an experience you will never forget. Lake Tahoe beaches will make you come back for more.
The humid continental climate, fresh pine trees, and rich heritage bring the best experiences for summer and winter getaways.
Truckee is home to unique landscapes and a plethora of wildlife that continue to captivate tourists and locals alike. Truckee is also famous for its long-standing history of native Indian settlements and American pioneers who ventured across Sierra Nevada. The town overflows with historical galleries and timeless memorials as tributes to its foundation.
The town also boasts of scenic sites and world-class ski areas. Here you will find hiking trails and forest reservoirs where you can rediscover the wonders of the valley. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the summer sun or the winter breeze, allowing you to bond with Mother Nature herself. So, pack your bags and visit Truckee vacation homes and Truckee cabins for the ultimate family getaway today.
Things to do
Visit Donner Lake
A visit to Truckee wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the wonders of Donner Lake. Dubbed as the jewel of northern Sierra, Donner Lake serves as a focal point for outdoor recreation and family vacations. A top destination during summer and winter, the area hosts a range of activities that will bring out the best during your stay. You can explore the scenic forests or swim in the cool waters of the lake. It’s also a perfect place to visit if you’re out for a cross-country ski adventure and see the area’s winter wonderland.
Take a Trip to Donner Memorial State Park
Near the famous Donner Lake lies this tribute to American pioneers who traveled across the Sierra. This historical landmark is home to different relics that describe the area’s past, from native Indian settlements to the tragic journey of the Donner Party. Explore the trails where American pioneers oncestood and walked. Here you can also see the famous Pioneer Monument, which serves as a memorial for the party’s tragic endeavor to travel across the depths of Sierra Nevada.
Taste Delectable Treats from Earthly Delights
This state park and recreation area will let you experience serenity at its best. Featuring stunning redwood forests lining along the riverbanks, this place brings together a sight you shouldn’t miss during your visit to Albion. Here you can drive through the redwood forests to visit the coast where the Pacific Ocean and Navarro River meets. The state park also hosts an array of outdoor activities that will surely give your family a treasure trove of experience. Set up your tents around campgrounds or take a hike to the breathtaking trails of giant redwoods to enjoy the best of your outdoor adventures
Enjoy the Wonders of Nature at Jackson Meadows Recreation Area
Resting in the quiet forests between Sierra Crest and English Mountain, Jackson Meadows Recreation Area tops the list for a great outdoor adventure with the entire family. The place boasts of scenic backdrops of the Sierra Mountain Ranges and the wonders of the Donner Lake. Overlooking mountain trails, Jackson Meadows offers a range of outdoor activities that will leave you with nothing but a lifetime worth of memories. The reservoir is convenient for fly-fishing, hiking, and even camping—it’s a must-see destination if you’re in for a day of mountain challenge.