Weekend Trip Mini-guide: South Lake Tahoe in the Summer

Lake Tahoe, a fresh water lake shared between California and Nevada, offers visitors summer and winter outdoor pursuits.  The crystal clear waters glitter with the sun’s touch.  Different hues of blue appear as the gradient level of water increases.  Lake Tahoe is a great weekend break for a visitor to relax near the water or enjoy the active sports.

When to go

For summer weather, go in September or October.  You will avoid the crowds and enjoy the lower price in accommodations.  Summer months (June-August) and holidays are the busiest.  If you go during mid-week, there are less crowds and accomodation prices are lower.

Where to stay

For a central location near the night-life and eateries, stay in the hotels near the casinos such as Harrah’s or Harvey’s.  Hotels tend to be cheaper on the weekdays and Sundays.  If you would like to go on a weekend and can spare an extra day, arrive in Lake Tahoe on a Saturday and leave on a Monday.

Where to eat

Although there are plenty of places to eat, Riva Bar and Grill Restaurant in the Ski Run Marina, is recommended by a few locals.  With a central location and a view by the lake, it is a nice place to settle for sunset.  The burgers and fish dishes are quite tasty.

What to do in the summer

  • Kayaking– For about $15-$25 per hour depending on the type of kayak (single/double seater), Zephyr Cove Marina or Camp Richardson Marina are popular areas for water sports.

    Pier in Camp Richardson Marina

  • Lake Cruises– Although a bit touristy, a lake cruise around Lake Tahoe could be magical at sunset (dinner included).  The Tahoe Queen sails from South Lake Tahoe’s Ski Run Marina and M.S. Dixie sails from Zephyr Cove Resort.  The daytime scenic cruises range from $30-$50 for adults and $15 for children.  The sunset cruises range from $65-$75 for adults and $35-$41 for children.
  • Drive around the Lake– A leisure drive around the lake is quite peaceful.  Just hop into your car!  Some notable stops are Emerald Bay Lookout and Vikingsholm castle.  Emerald Bay is picture-perfect spot of the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island.  Vikingsholm is a Scandinavian castle and the walk down to the castle is pleasant (approximately one mile).  Just remember you have to walk back up!

    Island on Emerald Bay

  • Night-life and casinos–  If you are a fan of casinos, there are a few in Stateline, Nevada that offer night clubs, shows, and restaurants.  Harrah’s, Harveys, MontBleu, and Horizon are the major casinos in the area.

About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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One Response to Weekend Trip Mini-guide: South Lake Tahoe in the Summer

  1. Shu says:

    Lake Tahoe is very beautiful. The weather is nice too. The water looks nice for kayaking =D

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