Lake Tahoe Summer Guide
There is nothing quite like a Summer in Tahoe. Immerse yourself in all of the beauty, variety and adventure of Lake Tahoe.
An introduction to Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe, simply put, is very big. Just like the boroughs of New York City, Lake Tahoe is a unique mosaic of smaller communities. When planning your Lake Tahoe vacation, it helps to understand what these communities are like. This guide will help you understand where you are, as you tour the area.
Read our communities guide
Plan an affordable trip
Are you coming up with a family or group of friends for an annual Summer trip? Tahoe has a great selection of cabins and vacation rentals.
Enjoy the outdoors
Perhaps the most iconic reason to visit Lake Tahoe is to have an outdoors experience like no other. It’s not uncommon to meet a Lake Tahoe local with this to say, “A few years ago I came to Lake Tahoe on vacation and it was so beautiful that I never left.” So don’t be surprised if you find yourself extending a weekend outing. Learn everything you need to know before planning an outdoor adventure.
With the clarity of Hawaii and the white sands of Florida, Lake Tahoe tops them all with beautiful mountains and towering evergreens. Nothing says summertime like a boat or jet-ski rental out on the crystal-clear blue water. Check out our beaches map.
Lake Tahoe is a camping mecca. Are you a serious backwoods backpacker, or a maybe a family car camper? Use our camping section to plan your camping trip. Read about Car Camping Spots Around Lake Tahoe, or browse a full selection of camping location by region.
Lake Tahoe is full of hiking trails, ranging in difficulty from hikes for kids to those for well-conditioned hikers. Learn How to Prepare for a Hike in the Sierras. Check out our 10 Great Tahoe Hikes for Kidsor browse our hiking section to plan the perfect hiking experience.
Lake Tahoe and its surrounding lakes, ponds, streams and rivers are known for world-class fishing that draws fishermen from all over the globe. If you are looking for some relaxation as well as success as an angler, you should prepare for your upcoming trip by contacting local fishing outfitters and marinas. Read our Lake Tahoe fishing guide.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Paddle boarding is best described as a mix between surfing and canoeing or kayaking. The rider stands in the center of the board, which is like a large surf board. Using a paddle the rider can glide across the water, enjoy the the views and gain access to remote beaches. Tahoe is full of paddle board rentals. Check out our SUP Guide
Lake Tahoe is a boater’s paradise — the perfect boating destination with easily accessible boat launches and world renowned crystal-clear blue water. With 72 miles of shoreline and a surface area of 193 square miles it’s possible to spend the entire summer exploring Lake Tahoe’s pristine waters. Check out ourLake Tahoe Marinas Map. Learn about Lake Tahoe Boating Rules and Regulations and read up on Boating Tips.
Lake Tahoe has many spectacular golf courses known for their beauty and challenge. We can’t guarantee that your ball will fly farther in the thin mountain air, but if you believe (as we do) that Lake Tahoe is a paradise, then golfing in this kingdom is surely heaven on earth. Plan your summer golf trip.
Catch these hot Summer events
Every year Lake Tahoe plays host to a variety of events. From the PGA tour to regattas, car shows and holiday parades, Lake Tahoe keeps a busy social schedule! Lake Tahoe annual events are an easy-going way to enjoy the outdoors while mingling with other Lake Tahoe visitors and residents. See a full list of annual events. Or focus on family oriented events.
Truckee Duckee Derbee
June 9 This great family event helps raise money for the Truckee – Tahoe Humane Society. Spend a fun-filled afternoon racing your ducky down the Truckee River while enjoying live entertainment and good food. Dogs are welcome!
The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
July 12 – Aug. 25 Imagine your toes in the sand, a fantastic bottle of wine nearby, a gourmet meal in hand and first-class entertainment with your friends and family before you…all while basking in a perfect Lake Tahoe sunset.
4th of July in Lake Tahoe
Grab your lawn chair, a blanket, pick your favorite location and enjoy the show!