Lake Tahoe is a popular summer refuge, a respite from the heat of the central valley or foggy San Francisco summer evenings. With almost-perfect daytime temperatures and cool nights, it's a great place to go for the weekend.
You can plan your Lake Tahoe summer weekend getaway in a jiffy using the resources below.
Scenes from Lake Tahoe
Enjoy some of our best shots in this Lake Tahoe Photo Tour
Will You Like Lake Tahoe?
Lake Tahoe is popular with all kinds of people, especially those who enjoy the great outdoors, but it's also a great place to take a lazy drive along the shore.
Best Time in Summer to Go to Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe weather is great in summer, but it gets very crowded on holiday weekends.
This handy guide gives you all the driving details.
The nearest airport is in Reno, Nevada.
Where to Stay
A ride to the top of the mountain on the Gondola at Heavenly offers the most stunning views you can imagine. The only reason not to go is if you suffer from altitude sickness. It's at at 9,123 feet.
5 Great Things to Do at Lake Tahoe in Summer
- Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Even if you don't normally like Shakespeare, give this lakeside festival a try for its gorgeous surroundings and laid-back ambiance. Bored? Just lean back and look at the stars.
- Take a Boat Cruise: There's no better way to see the lake than to get out in the middle of it.
- Vikingsholm: This Scandinavian-style house, the former summer home of millionaire heiress Lora Knight sitting on the edge Emerald Bay is worth a visit.
- Hang Out at a Resort: Squaw Valley and Northstar are just as beautiful in summer as they are in winter, they offer a full range of summer activities and excellent prices for lodging.
- Go rafting on the Truckee: If you're as uncoordinated as I am, you might get a little wet, but a raft trip down the Truckee River is a fine way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Friends who live in Incline Village say the Hyatt has one of the best brunch in town. The Log Cabin in Kings Beach at North Lake Tahoe serves great traditional breakfasts and if you give them a call at 530-546-7109 when you leave your hotel, they'll put your name on their waiting list.
Annual Events You Should Know About
South Lake Tahoe hosts Lights on the Lake, the biggest Fourth of July fireworks display in the western United States.
- Lake Tahoe is busier in summer than it is in winter. Plan ahead as much as you can, and if you don't like crowds, avoid holiday weekends.
- We know it's popular, but why spend time inside a smoky, dark casino with all the natural beauty outside? At the very least, try to start your casino time after the sun sets.
- Bring plenty of sunscreen. It's easier to get sunburned at this altitude.
- The lake is especially beautiful and romantic in the moonlight. Plan ahead. Find out when the sun sets and what day the moon is full.