There is so much to do in Tahoe in the summer, it can be a challenge to fit so many fun activities into one week. We are here to help! We will not only find you the perfect Lake Tahoe vacation rental for your group, we will help you plan the best Tahoe vacation you can imagine. Below are our suggestions for an ideal week in Tahoe, but know that our concierge is always available to help personalize an itinerary so fun, you will never want to leave.
Day 1: Rent a Boat
One of the best ways to explore Tahoe is by boat, and there is absolutely nothing like being out on the lake, surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains. Our crystal-clear waters turn from turquoise to emerald green, depending on where on the lake you are. Drive around and explore the different coves. Discover beaches that are inaccessible by foot or by car. Take photos that look like they came out of a travel magazine. Contact our concierge to book a boat rental or charter, so that you can experience the lake the way it is meant to be seen.
Day 2: Drive Around Lake Tahoe
It’s your second day in Tahoe. You want to really see the area, and familiarize yourself with the different zones around Tahoe. Take Highway 89 south from Tahoe City, and circle the lake counter-clockwise. Use the turnouts when you see a good vista, or pick up some locally-made goods in one of the many villages that dot the shores of the lake.
Make a stop at D.L. Bliss State Park to enjoy some great hiking trails and a beautiful beach. You also will want to stop in Emerald Bay. This inlet with an island in the center of it is Lake Tahoe’s most photographed vista. You can hike to the mouth of the bay to explore the opulent Vikingsholm Castle built in the early 1900s.
Take a left onto Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, and drive through the bustling downtown of South Lake before heading north again. Turn left onto Highway 28 just past Glenbrook to drive along Tahoe’s undeveloped East Shore. Make a stop at Sand Harbor for a spectacular sunset, the perfect end to a Tahoe day.
Day 3: Explore Truckee, Then Go Ziplining!
Truckee is an historic mountain town that the “basecamp for a big life.” The downtown is reminiscent of an old west town, but with modern eateries and shops. Visit one of the many museums in this area to learn more about the history of Truckee, including the ill-fated Donner Party that made camp at the base of Donner Lake.
You came to Tahoe for adventure, right? Add some zip to your trip with one of the ropes courses and ziplining adventure parks in North Lake Tahoe. These exhilarating courses are designed for ages 5+ and for all abilities.
Day 4: Hike, then Relax with a Massage
Let the adventures continue! Hiking trails abound in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, check out our favorite hikes for every level. You’ll enjoy serene pine forests, glorious Tahoe views, and wildlife sightings. After four days of nonstop adventure you deserve a massage. Melt into the table with an at-home spa service arranged by our friendly concierge department.
Day 5: Rent Kayaks or Paddleboards
Our concierge department can also help you to arrange hourly, daily, and weekly kayak and paddleboard rentals. Spend a day on the water, exploring the many coves and inlets on Tahoe’s pristine shoreline. The serene, clear waters make for great paddleboarding and kayaking for novices and advanced athletes alike.
Day 6: Float the Truckee River, Followed by a Free Concert
The lazy-river style float down the Truckee River is open late June-August, weather permitting. The 5-mile self-guided float starts in Tahoe City, and ends at the River Ranch at the base of Alpine Meadows. Rafts and safety gear can be rented in Tahoe City. Floating the river takes about 4 hours and is fun for the whole family.
Wind down the day with a free concert. The Summer Music Series lasts all summer long and features free concerts almost every night held at various outdoor Tahoe and Truckee venues.
Day 7: Explore Tahoe by Bike
It’s your last day. You’ve just had an action-packed vacation where you explored Lake Tahoe, you’ve relaxed, and you’ve gone sightseeing. End on a high note by renting bicycles and exploring the Tahoe City Bike Path or the Truckee Legacy Trail. Cruise the paved paths along the Truckee River, taking one last chance to breath in the fresh mountain air and take in the views (before your next visit of course!)
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