10. Cars are not mandatory
Bike it, longboard it, rollerblade it or take the trolley. There’s a bus shuttle from the Reno airport to the South Shore, which means you don’t necessarily even need a rental car because once you get into town, there’s a plethora of ways to get around. BlueGo offers a bus route throughout town, and you can take a step back in time and ride the trolley to Emerald Bay. South Lake Tahoe and its partners have invested heavily in the last few years to improve and expand the bike paths through town. From any of the local hotels, you can ride a bike to any of the beaches, avoiding driving, parking and getting some exercise in the meantime. Didn’t pack your bike in your carry-on? Don’t fret; many of the local winter ski shops transition to bike shops in the summer, renting road bikes, mountain bikes, comfort bikes (cruisers), or even electric bikes by the hour, half-day, full day or even days.
9. American Century Celebrity Golf Championship
Attend the tourney, watch from a boat, drink at Flight Deck and watch famous people arrive. – From July 15-20, you never know who you might bump into in town. As if watching Charles Barkley’s notorious golf swing in person isn’t reason enough to attend the Celebrity Golf tourney, this year, golf superstar Annika Sorenstam has signed up to take on the boys and bring a little female representation to the tourney. For a unique perspective, rent a boat (or find a friend with a boat) and watch from the lake. Local’s tip – before the tourney begins, or right afterward, head to the Flight Deck, the restaurant and bar inside Lake Tahoe’s airport, to watch Roger Clemens’ plane land and depart.
8. Farmer’s markets
Supplement your trips to the store with three different farmer’s markets that allow you to stock up on local goods – Chat with local vendors, as you pursue the fresh fruits, veggies and other goods at one of the three different farmer’s markets in town. Take your pick: on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the American Legion; Wednesdays from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in front of Lakeside Inn and Casino; and Fridays off Ski Run Boulevard from 3:00-8:00 p.m.
7. The Great Outdoors
Tahoe is a paradise for nature-lovers and adventure seekers – The Sierra Nevada mountain range and Desolation Wilderness offer so many opportunities for backpacking, hiking to waterfalls and alpine lakes. There’s mountain biking trails everywhere you turn, and the multiple rock climbing options can challenge any level of climber, just look at images of Lover’s Leap (bouldering, sport climbing, multi-pitch trad).
6. Summer music festivals and free beach music
Harveys outdoor concert series features too many famous performers to name. Hurry though, most of these sell out super fast. You can also rub elbows with residents and get their insider tips while checking out the free music concert series on Thursday evenings at Lakeview Commons, and on Friday and Saturday nights in Heavenly Village.
5. New ropes courses
This summer, Heavenly is debuting three new ropes challenge courses. Make a full day of it…ride the Gondola for the views and a Christmas-card worthy photo at the mid-station deck; then work up an appetite in one of the ropes courses or go streaking on the Blue Streak 3,300-foot-long zip line. Finish the day with a well-earned cool beverage at Tamarack Lodge.
4. Variety – Go All In!
Outdoor activity all day, party all night – Explore the outdoors all day and then finish your night at one of the nightclubs in the casinos, dancing the rest of your energy out.
3. The unique views of the combo of both mountains and lake
The beach or the mountains? It’s a question that has caused turmoil in some households while planning a vacation, but there’s no need to miss one for the other. At Lake Tahoe, we don’t make you choose. You can have both in the same day.
2. The weather is ideal
Warm during the day, cool at night. Brisk mornings turn into warm days that entice you trade in that fleece jacket for a yellow polka dot bikini. 75 degrees here tends to feel like 85 thanks to the elevation. If it’s ever a bit too warm, a quick dip in the lake will have you cooled off instantly. Once the sun dips below the Sierra, you’ll be reaching for another layer and embracing the mountain air. (Remember the sunscreen!)
1. Lake Tahoe, duh
Water sports and beach life. – No need for an explanation.
Communications Manager, Heavenly