Come for the snow, stay for the sun. As many of locals will agree, summers in Tahoe are just as beautiful and full of adventure as it’s winters inspiring many a seasonal resort worker to stay long after last chair. Just two hours east of Sacramento on Interstate 80, Tahoe's sunny days on the beach, adrenaline pumping bike rides and wild night life of the South Shore are just a few reasons why a trip to the lake should be on your vacation agenda this summer.
No trip is complete without breakfast at The Log Cabin Caffe in Kings Beach, Calif. Try the Cajun Eggs Benedict, or one of their many scrambles.
Head North from Kings Beach on Highway 267 to check out the hiking and biking at Northstar-at-Tahoe, California. The bike park at Northstar offers something for everyone from the seasoned XC rider to the downhill adrenaline junkie. First timers can get their feet muddy with the Bike 101 package; $80 ($139 on weekends) buys a lift ticket, bike and equipment rental and a 2-hour lesson with Northstar’s Bike Academy. If biking isn’t your thing, Northstar also offers hiking, scenic lift rides, geo caching and roller-skating for the whole family as well as an 18-hole golf course. Stay in the village at the Hyatt or the Ritz Carlton and ask about golf and bike packages.
The Tahoe Rim Trail offers 165 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding around the circumference of Lake Tahoe with trailheads at Brockway Summit and Mt. Rose highway on the north shore, Spooner Summit and Kingsbury on the east shore, Echo Lakes and Big Meadow on the south shore and Barker Pass and Tahoe City on the west shore.
Or beat the heat in Tahoe City by spending a few hours floating the Truckee River on a self-guided rafting tour from Tahoe City to the River Ranch Restaurant at the base of Alpine Meadows Road.
In the evening head to Common’s Beach in Tahoe City, where you'll find live music every Sunday and free movies every Wednesday. A farmers market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m is a great way to spend a Thursday morning.
Enjoy a beautiful sunset during the dinner cruise on the Tahoe Gal departing at 6:30 p.m. Monday – Saturdays from Tahoe City.