Summertime Must Do's in Lake Tahoe

One of my first posts on this blog detailed a visit to Lake Tahoe in the winter (How to: Explore Lake Tahoe). However, Californians and visitors from all over the world are incredibly lucky to have a vacation destination at their fingertips that not only offers incredible skiing and winter activities, but summer fun as well. Between hiking in the mountains of Tahoe National Forest to swimming and enjoying water-sports on the lake, Lake Tahoe is truly a year round destination. If you are looking into visiting the area this summer, check out my recommendations below!


Activities you can’t miss:


Swimming in the crystal clear waters of Sand Harbor

There are many great state parks along the coastline on both the California and Nevada sides of the lake. However, Sand Harbor is my favorite. Giant boulders pepper the coast line of this northwest corner of Lake Tahoe, which are very fun to climb over and jump into the waters below.

The crystal clear waters of Sand Harbor.


Day visit to Sierra Hot Springs

Approximately an hour from Tahoe City, Sierra is a great place to take in the beauty of the foothills. Nestled among the trees are a number of naturally sourced hot springs of varying temperatures. You can also enjoy spa treatments or food options at the retreat center. Soaks cost between $20-$25 for a 3 hour pass depending on the day of the week plus the cost of membership (one month charge is $5). Clothing optional. Check out my post on hot springs in California if you are a hot spring lover like me!

The views out of the foothills from Sierra Hot Springs.


Gambling and dining in South Lake

South Lake Tahoe is a bustling corner of the lake with many shops, restaurants, and of course, casinos on State Line. I’m a big fan of all-you-can-eat sushi at Sushi Pier. In the summer you can also take the Heavenly ski resort gondola up the ski mountain for views of the entire lake. Adult tickets online are $49.

Fine dining in State Line.


Watersporting in King’s Beach

Soak up the sun with some stand up paddle boarding or kayaking off the beach in the cute north side town of King’s Beach.

Paddleboarding into the sunset.


Hiking around Emerald Bay

There are a number of hikes with views of beautiful Emerald Bay, a small island in the lake. This part of Lake Tahoe is often hard to access in the winter so visit in the summer! Find the best trails for your needs here.

Enjoying the alpine views around Lake Tahoe.


Window shopping in Truckee

Truckee has the old world charm of California’s Gold Country, plus the chic appeal of cute boutique shops, restaurants, and breweries like Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company.

Local art in Truckee.

Check out this beautiful destination this summer - snow free and with long warm days under the sun!