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Be a Smart Lake Tahoe Visitor

7 Ways to Visit Lake Tahoe Like a Pro

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I see them all the time: Lake Tahoe visitors who fall into the common time-wasters and fun-busters. They're stuck in gridlock in South Lake Tahoe, sunburned and miserable, waiting in line at popular restaurants for hours. We're here to help you keep from joining their ranks so you can enjoy your trip without having to learn the tricks first-hand.

To help you be a smarter Lake Tahoe tourist, enjoy your trip more and spend less of your hard-earned money doing it, I've compiled some tips:

  • Get Organized, Not Lost: When planning your Lake Tahoe days, use a map to locate everything you want to see, and then plan your route in advance. Otherwise, you could spend unnecessary time back-tracking around the lake.

     

  • Screen Test: The surface of the lake is about 6,225 feet elevation, and the surrounding mountains are higher. Before you go, take a look at our high elevation checklist. It will help keep you well and comfortable.
     
  • Drink in Moderation: Alcohol's effects are greater at 6,000 feet, and the police are VERY serious about enforcing drunk-driving laws.
     
  • Avoid Crowds: Lake Tahoe is even busier in summer than in winter. Go during the week if you can. Prices at hotels plunge on Sunday night and there are vacancies everywhere.
     
  • Have Reservations: You may need dinner reservations on the North Shore on Friday and Saturday nights and even if you wait until the same day to do it, you'll still know when to go and won't have to sit around.
     
  • Stay Warm: Even in summer, nights are cool. If you're going to be out after dark, bring a warm jacket and maybe a pair of long pants to pull on over your shorts.
     
  • Avoid Gridlock: At South Lake Tahoe, relieve traffic congestion and take advantage of the Blue Tahoe Trolley and Emerald Bay Shuttle.

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