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Planning a Long Weekend in Lake Tahoe – Fun Things to Do

Planning a Long Weekend in Lake Tahoe – Fun Things to Do

Planning a Long Weekend in Lake Tahoe – Fun Things to Do

Planning a Long Weekend in Lake Tahoe – Fun Things to Do

 

 

After the United States Congress approved the uniform Monday holiday in 1968, the observance of certain federal holidays was moved to Monday, allowing people to enjoy at least four long weekends every year. These long weekends are: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (third Monday of January), President’s Day (third Monday of February), Memorial Day (last Monday of May), Labor Day (first Monday of September), and Columbus Day (second Monday of October). There are four more federal holidays that, depending on each year’s calendar, may add another long weekend to the list.

People take breaks from their daily routine on long weekends, plan fun activities with their families or friends, and usually go out of their towns. Lake Tahoe is one of the favorite destinations in the United States because of the beauty of the huge turquoise lake, the towering mountains around it, and the wide variety of activities that the Tahoe area offers throughout the year. But considering that long weekends are also a break for Tahoe’s local people, sometimes it is hard to figure out what businesses are open and what things are available to do during these three-day weekends.

This article will help you find out some recommended businesses and events happening in Lake Tahoe on holiday weekends.

*** Social distancing practices are required to attend any of the following events/places. Recreate Responsibly!

Tahoe City Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale

Friday – Monday | On the Labor Day Weekend

Starting on the Friday before the first Monday of September, Tahoe City hosts the Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale, where you can shop town-wide and get great deals while support local business.

 

Prime Rib Sunday

Every Sunday, you can enjoy the delicious Prime Rib, Baked Potato, and House Salad for $18 per person, at Za’s Lakefront (from 5 pm until it’s gone). Located on 120 Grove St., Tahoe City.

Za's Lakefront

Photo Credit: Za’s Lakefront

Floating Concert in Lake Tahoe

Live Music from the Tahoe Gal

Excellent music bands perform Floating Concerts hosted by The Tahoe Gal. Bands play from the upper deck of the Tahoe Gal, right west of the Tahoe City Marina buoy field. You can enjoy the show from a boat, paddle board, kayak or whatever floats you. Food and beverages are usually sold for boat take out.

Floating Concert

Floating Concert

 

 

The Rep Sample Sale – The biggest sale in Truckee

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Rep Sample Sale is the best chance to shop discounted merchandise, from a pair of skis, to hiking shoes or a nice swimsuit. At this sale, usually hosted during federal holiday weekends, you will find huge discounts on brands like Patagonia, Craft, Black Diamond, Faction, and Gregory Backpacks.

Rep Sample Sale

Labor Day Weekend Sale

Climb the Donner Summit

Even in summer, the weather in the Tahoe area is cool in the morning and just nice and warm during the day, which is perfect for climbing. NASTC offers guided climbing on Donner Summit for the whole family, no matter what your level of expertise is. Go climbing with NASTC and enjoy an exciting experience in one of the most iconic climbing areas in North Lake Tahoe.

Climbing Donner Summit

Climbing Donner Summit

 

Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe area offers the best mountain biking experiences in California’s Sierra Nevada and features some world-famous trails such as Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Tahoe Flume Trail, The Tahoe Rim Trail, Hole in the Ground, Jackass among others. Northstar’s bike park has downhill mountain biking for those looking for more challenging trails, while Truckee, Incline Village, and the Bijou Bike Park in South Lake Tahoe offer family-oriented bike parks.

Go biking the Tahoe trails and get amazed with the beautiful views of the crystal-blue Lake and the mountains that surround it.

Fly a Drone

Lake Tahoe is one of the favorite places in the United States to take aerial photos and videos. Recreational flyers get amazing footage of the Lake using their drones’ cameras. If you have a flying toy and wonder where you can fly it without getting in trouble, check the Map of Lake Tahoe No-Drone Zones and the FAA’s Recreational Flyers Regulations and spend some time enjoying the beautiful aerial views from the different spots available in Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe View

Lake Tahoe View: Photo credits: Deanna Clawson Kriesman

 

Stargaze the Clear Tahoe Skies

Lake Tahoe features about 300 cloud-free nights every year, due to its dry air and permanent marine airflow, which is perfect for astronomy lovers. Whether you have a telescope, a pair of binoculars, a good photo camera, or just enjoy watching the milky way and counting shooting stars, do not miss the opportunity to visit some of the best spots to stargaze in Lake Tahoe and get amazed with the beautiful scenery.

Milky Way

Outstanding shot of the Milky Way, Jupiter, and Saturn (credits: Mediamerse)

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4 Best Spots to Stargaze in Lake Tahoe

4 Best Spots to Stargaze in Lake Tahoe

4 Best Spots to Stargaze in Lake Tahoe

4 Best Spots to Stargaze in Lake Tahoe

By: Alejandra Jiménez

 

Because of its dry air and permanent marine airflow, Lake Tahoe features almost 300 cloud-free nights every year, which makes the area ideal to watch the stars.

 
If you’re passionate about astronomy and use to carry your telescope wherever you go and want to find new places to stargaze, or if you just enjoy spending part of the night contemplating the milky way and counting shooting stars (with friends or by yourself), this guide will help you get to the best spots in Lake Tahoe.

1. Spooner Lake

Located at the north of Highway 50 and Highway 28 intersection, with an altitude of 6,980 feet, Spooner Lake offers some very nice open spaces free from light pollution. For those ambitious stargazers, the Marlette Lake Trail (8,000 feet above sea level) may be the best option, with a 10-mile round trip hike and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. Make sure to bring a headlamp and extra supplies.

If you’re not about hiking, Spooner Lake’s gate remains open so you can drive along the path to the shoreline and enjoy the sky scene right next to the lake.

stargaze in Lake Tahoe

 

2. Emerald Bay

Even though it is one of the most popular destinations in South Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay is never crowded during the night. In spite of the occasional light impact from the highway, this place offers unique night shows where the crystal waters of the lake reflect back the stars in sky. Don’t forget to bring chairs, blankets, some snacks and hot/cold beverages so you can easily stay the night awake and see the amazing sunrise.

water reflects back the stars

3. Camp Richardson

Located on Highway 89, about 3 miles north from South Lake Tahoe, Camp Richardson Resort has peaceful sandy beaches where you can stargaze accompanied by the pleasant sound of the waves reaching the shoreline. Hot beverages are always welcome.

 

4. Hope Valley

Next to the intersection of Highways 88 and 89, there are many road pullouts and service roads where you can park and take any of the trails that lead you to wide open spaces free from light pollution. Bring blankets, hot coffee or cocoa, or soup.

Milky Way

 

Bonus

For those who like to watch shooting stars, or just learn about the planets in our solar system, guided by the experts, Jack C. Davis Observatory in Carson City, is open to the public on Saturday evenings until 11 pm. This observatory also hosts “Star Parties” when an astronomical event happens (eclipses, meteor showers).

Some General Recommendations

Make your stargazing experience comfortable: Bring chairs, blankets/sleeping bags, and hot beverages/soup.

Download a Stargazing App: There are plenty of free apps available that allow your smartphone to identify planets, stars and other celestial bodies. We recommend Star Chart (iOS / Android), and NASA App (iOS / Android).

Enhance your experience with a Telescope and/or Binoculars: A telescope is always the best option to make your stargazing adventure more interesting. If you’re willing to get your own telescope to start learning about astronomy, but don’t know which one to buy, we recommend you the Celestron Astromaster 130, which brings everything that a starter needs. Otherwise, if you don’t want to invest in big equipment, a pair of binoculars will help anyway.

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5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Lake Tahoe’s East Shore

5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Lake Tahoe’s East Shore

5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Lake Tahoe’s East Shore

5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Lake Tahoe’s East Shore

Lake Tahoe Basin has some of the most beautiful aerial views in the United States, especially because of its particularly clear-water beaches, which let photography lovers get unique footage while using their drones’ cameras. There is still a lot of confusion about usage of drones because every place has their own restrictions, so if you want to enjoy your hobby without getting in trouble, we recommend you to visit FAA’s Recreational Flyers Regulations and Map of Lake Tahoe No-Drone Zones before choosing the right spots to launch your flying toy into adventure. Fortunately, the Tahoe area has some nice places where drones are allowed to fly. These are some of the best spots in the East Shore:

Video Credits: Mediamerse

1. Chimney Beach

Right off Route 28, there is a short hiking trail from Secret Harbor parking lot to Chimney Beach which features beautiful views of the lake and its turquoise clear water.

 

2. Whale Beach

The last of a series of secluded beaches, also known as Black Sand Beach. It can be accessed off of Nevada Route 28 through a 15-minute trailhead from Secret Cove Beach along the East Shore.

 

3. Skunk Harbor Trailhead

A 1.6-mile long unmarked trail on the East shore that can be accessed from Route 28. During the summer, the beach gets very crowded with boats and its parking lot is a little small, so It’s better to get there early.

Aerial footage from a drone
Aerial Footage Tahoe

4. Secret Cove

It’s a secluded nude cove accessed directly from Route 28, through a 20-minute hike from the Secret Harbor parking lot. Secret Cove has stunning turquoise-colored water which let photographers get beautiful aerial views of the lake.

 

5. Bonsai Rock

A famous spot in Lake Tahoe located 1 mile south of Sand Harbor (one of the most popular beaches in the Tahoe area). Bonsai Rock can be reached from Route 28 and there are multiple options of trails that lead you to the water. These trails can be more challenging to fly your drone since the area is mostly a downward slope with lots of big boulders and loose dirt.

Secret Cove
Bonsai Rock

Coming soon: Best Spots to Stargaze in the Tahoe Basin

 

Photo Credits: Wayne Hsieh, Meaningful Photos

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Visiting Lake Tahoe for the First Time?

Visiting Lake Tahoe for the First Time?

Visiting Lake Tahoe for the First Time?

Visiting Lake Tahoe for the First Time?

By: Alejandra Jiménez

Cover Photo Credits: Adam Cain

 

Located on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is one of the favorite destinations in the United States because of its diverse natural landscapes and many activities to enjoy throughout the year, for the whole family. If you’ve never been to the Lake Tahoe area, this guide can help you make the best decision for your first visit.

 

How to get to Lake Tahoe

You can fly to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, which is located 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe, and rent a car at the airport.

If you don’t want to drive, you can use a transport service either to the North Lake Tahoe area or South Lake Tahoe.

The Best Season

In the summer months (June-August), high temperatures average the 75 Fahrenheit degrees (24 Celsius degrees), which is the perfect weather to enjoy the beaches and water activities such as swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, or sailing.

During the winter (December-February), temperatures drop to freezing and turn the mountains into wonderful places for winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or simply snowshoeing the snow-covered forests.

If you are about quietness and calm, the off-season months (March-May and September-November) are an excellent option to enjoy the lake breeze and hike the trails without the crowds and traffic jams of peak seasons. And during these months, the lower prices of accommodations are a bonus.

Kayak Lake Tahoe

Photo Credits: Brooke Lewis

What to do in Lake Tahoe

There are too many things to do around the Big Blue, suitable to all ages and different expertise levels. Depending on what season you pick and how long you want to stay, these are some of the best activities you can enjoy:

Drive around the Lake

If you are visiting for the first time, we recommend you to drive the whole circumference around the lake to explore the area and get an idea of where some interesting places are located at. The loop is 72 miles long (115 kilometers), which is a nice option for a day trip making as many stops as you want.

Enjoy the beaches

From taking a relaxing sunbathe on the sand, to paddling or kayaking on the crystal blue water, or just hiking throughout the pacific lake shore, there are many beautiful beaches around the lake to fulfill everybody’s expectations.

 

Heavenly Mountain Gondola

During the summer, you can’t skip the Scenic Gondola Ride at Heavenly Mountain Resort, which takes you up to the Observation Deck where you will see amazing panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Once you get to the top and after taking cool photos, you can head to the Tamarack Express chairlift using your ticket to access a series of hiking trails further up the mountain.

Scenic Gondola

Photo Credits: Heavenly Ski Resort

 

Hike the numerous trails

Either in winter or in summer, you will never regret hiking the trails around Lake Tahoe. There are plenty of them with a wide range of difficulty levels. If you enjoy nature and hiking, you should consider spend some time exploring one (or more) of these trails. Remember to bring enough water and snacks for a day-long adventure.

Winter sports

If you love skiing or snowboarding, Lake Tahoe offers around 15 ski resorts to choose from, for all training levels. For those who don’t ski, there are fun activities to enjoy such as ice-skating, tubing, and snowshoeing.

skiing

Photo Credits: Almaty

 

Emerald Bay State Park 

Spend a day visiting Emerald Bay State Park, a protected National Natural Landmark located 12 miles north of South Lake Tahoe. Along with being one of the most photographed areas in the United States, it is also ideal for paddle and kayak lovers. If you enjoy history and culture, consider visiting the magnificent Vikingsholm Castle, a unique blend of nature’s beauty and
man’s architectural ingenuity, and one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere.

Vikingsholm

Photo Credits: California Department of Parks and Recreation

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Top Destinations

From walking to the beach, to finding the nearest ski resort, to taking a day trip to some of the nearby destinations.  Check out the options!

Lake Tahoe is a magical place.  Surrounded by mountains with access to the crystal blue water, excellent trails, world class ski ressorts and more within the Tahoe basin.

Beyond any of the mountain passes lie many additional opportunities that are a relatively easy day trip.  Some are on your way to Lake Tahoe from the San Francisco Bay Area  such as the Sierra Foothills and Gold Country.

Others such as the former mining town of Bodie and the Bodie State Historic Park as well as Carson City, Reno, and even a little farther to Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake offer plenty of interesting options.  As a day trip or for ideas on where to stop while exploring California and Nevada, check out some of our travel ideas. 

Lake Tahoe SUP View
Garwood's Tahoe side entrance

Three amazing activities you shouldn’t miss in Lake Tahoe

Three amazing activities you shouldn’t miss in Lake Tahoe

Three amazing activities you shouldn’t miss in Lake Tahoe

Three amazing activities

 

Snowshoeing

If you enjoy hiking and physical contact with fresh snow, you will love to take a snowshoeing journey through the forests around Lake Tahoe. While being amazed by the beautiful views of the lake and the snow-covered peaks, you will have the chance to observe squirrels, bald eagles, ospreys, and other animals in their natural habitat.
This is a family-friendly adventure with easy paths and appropriate for all levels of experience.
You can either bring your own snow gear or rent equipment from any of the stores nearby.

Suggested sites  Camp Richardson, Northstar California Resort, Sierra at Tahoe

Fly in a Balloon

Hot air balloons are one of the most beautiful shows in Lake Tahoe. From May through October, you can experience the amazing adventure of flying in a balloon.
Flights are scheduled every day during the early morning when the weather is cool and stable. It is required to make reservations in advance.

Lake Tahoe Balloons is the only certified ride that will give you the chance to learn how to inflate, launch, fly and land on a boat.
Balloon flights include snacks, a boat cruise, a one-hour flight, and a traditional champagne toast to celebrate.

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Tahoe Balloons

Take a ride on Helicopter

Be amazed with the extraordinary adventure of overflying Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in the United States and get a whole view of Lake Tahoe and its most beautiful attractions.

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