It’s one of the world’s oldest lakes and the largest body of water in North America. And with its pristine deep-blue waters and surrounding alpine mountain range, it’s no wonder Lake Tahoe is one of our travel experts’ favourite California holiday destination. Whether you’re looking for a trip filled with adventure or simply want to escape city life, a Lake Tahoe holiday can cater to all your needs.
Discover this freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the border of California and Nevada. The east shore of the lake is a 45-minute drive to Reno city. On the west, It’s a 3-hour drive from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe.
5 Reasons to Holiday in Lake Tahoe
Spa and Wellness – The natural beauty of Lake Tahoe makes it the ideal place for city dwellers to escape the hustle and bustle for a wellness break. Experience a yoga session like no other with classes set on the beach at sunrise, or on paddle boards in the lake. Spas, such as Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, offer treatments to help your mind, body and soul reconnect with nature.
Sightseeing – With a view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and a glistening lake, you’ll want to explore the many wonders of Lake Tahoe, whether it be by land, water or air. For a tour of the lake, hop on board an authentic Mississippi Paddle Wheeler for a sightseeing cruise which docks at Emerald Bay. Defy gravity by riding the Heavenly Gondola and admire stunning panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra Desert.
Ski Holiday – With 40 feet of snow and a mountain range, Lake Tahoe skiing has become a popular pastime for many of its visitors. The backcountry trails and slopes make it ideal for both skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. You can find plenty of luxury Lake Tahoe ski resorts which provide ski/snowboarding lessons and shuttle services to the snow trails on Northstar, Sierra at Tahoe, Heavenly, Mt. Rose and Squaw Valley.
Nightlife – Let your hair down with a night out on the lake town. The legendary nightlife in Lake Tahoe is where ski bunnies, hardcore hikers and wellness holidaymakers come to play after a long day of adventures. If you happen to be around North Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side, you can place your bets at one of the casinos. From June to September be sure to book your tickets to the Summer Concert series where musicians such as Duran Duran, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie and Dave Matthews have previously performed at.
Family Fun – Discover the many adventures waiting for young explorers and mini nature enthusiasts. Little campers can set up their tents at Camp Edgewood, an educational programme dedicated to teaching youngsters about nature. Families can also spend the day doing group activities together including Whitewater rafting, rock climbing at Blue Granite Climbing Gym and wakeboarding at the Birkholm’s Water Ski School.
Things to See and Do in Lake Tahoe
Hiking – Strap on your hiking boots and head to some of Lake Tahoe’s picturesque trails. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker looking to trek the thick forests or a beginner wanting to stroll through and enjoy the mountain scenery, there are plenty of planned hiking trails around the region that are ready to be explored. Equestrians can even saddle up and take the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail in South Lake Tahoe.
Road Trip – Spend a day or two driving around the stunning lake. The 72-mile-circumference around Lake Tahoe is mostly open to the public, with attractions such as parks, lakefront beaches, designated swimming areas and hidden waterfalls waiting to be discovered. Driving along the lake is also the best way to see the dramatic mountain range if you only plan on staying for a short while.
Water Sports – Soak up the California sun and sail through the Big Blue in your canoe. The crystal-clear waters of the Big Blue provide the ultimate setting for your favourite water sports. If you’ve always wanted to try wakeboarding or paddle along in a kayak, a holiday to Lake Tahoe is the perfect opportunity to test the waters.
Lake Tahoe Weather
Average temperatures in the summer months range from 20-25 degrees Celsius with low humidity. In the winter, snowfall inches can rise up to 40 feet. Lake Tahoe also gets an average of 250-300 days of sunshine per year.
Facts about Lake Tahoe
- Nearest cities – Tahoe City, CA
- Area – 191 sqm
- Annual Visitors – 3 million
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