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Things to Do in Lake Tahoe in Summer and Fall

The warm seasons are perfect for exploring the wonder that is Lake Tahoe—one of largest, clearest lakes in North America. There are plenty of things to do: Get your toes wet at a white-sand beach, go for a snorkel among granite boulders or get out on the lake on a cruise boat.

The mountains that surround Lake Tahoe are more than 9,000 feet in elevation, with tremendous hikes and endless mountain-bike rides. Squaw Valley and Heavenly Resort offer plenty to do, with tram or gondola rides to their upper mountains, which include pools, zip lines and other attractions. Free concerts are scheduled throughout the week during summer at El Dorado Beach, and you can see Shakespeare on the stage at Sand Harbor.

Tahoe also is famous for its casinos at Stateline in South Tahoe and at Incline Village and Crystal Bay in North Tahoe. The odds are definitely in your favor that you'll find plenty of fun things to do around Lake Tahoe.

Emerald Bay State Park

Spectacular in every season, this is Lake Tahoe's signature view: teardrop-shaped Emerald Bay, dotted at its center with a single island, on which sits a stone teahouse.

Vikingsholm Castle

Located in Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay State Park, this 39-room castle is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in North America. Tours are offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Squaw Valley

Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley, north of Lake Tahoe, is a year-round mountain destination offering world-class adventures in every season. In the winter, the resort boasts legendary skiing and riding that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 29 chairlifts.

Flume Trail

The Flume Trail is one of Lake Tahoe's premier mountain bike rides. It has been featured in mountain biking magazines and can get pretty crowded on summer weekends. You'll get a good workout getting up to Marlette Lake from Spooner Lake, but once on the Flume, the views will quickly erase any memory of the climb.

Tallac Museum & Historical Site

This Tahoe site is home to three estates used as summer retreats during the roaring '20s by wealthy California families: the Popes, Baldwins and Valhallas. Catch a glimpse of the opulent past at these historical estates.

Lake Tahoe Cruises

Explore Lake Tahoe aboard the MS Dixie II paddle wheeler or the Tahoe Paradise luxury yacht. Daytime cruises include professional narration of the historical, cultural and scientific characteristics of Lake Tahoe along with entertaining stories with local flavor.

Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness is is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the country. The crest of the Sierra Nevada runs through it, just west of Lake Tahoe. Desolation has lots of barren, rocky terrain at the edge of the treeline and extensive areas of bare granite formations.

Truckee River Rafting

The 121-mile-long scenic Truckee River empties out of Lake Tahoe from a dam in Tahoe City, and the 4-mile stretch of Class 2 water from there to River Ranch Resort is one of the most popular floats in the Western U.S. 

El Dorado Beach and Boat Ramp

South Lake Tahoe has a free concert series on Thursdays at El Dorado Beach. The El Dorado Beach boat ramp is located on Highway 50 at Lakeview Avenue. It is the place to go for large picnics, launching your boat, renting a kayak or water toy, viewing the lake or simply relaxing. Area Amenities:

Sand Harbor

A scenic jewel on Lake Tahoe's east shore, this Nevada State Park has a boat launch, walking trails and a long, white-sand beach. The annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival takes the stage summer evenings with numerous productions in front of a large, natural sand amphitheater, plus plenty of food stands.

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Take a ride up the Heavenly Gondola for incomparable views, or hit the slopes on one of the 97 trails, ranging from wide-open cruises to plunging 1,600-foot steeps. Heavenly Ski Resort in south Lake Tahoe features 28 chairlifts around the mountain, including nine high-speed lifts.

Crystal Bay Club Casino

Gamble and bet at north Lake Tahoe's Crystal Bay Club Casino, featuring table games including Blackjack, Double Odds Craps and Roulette. This casino also offers a full service sports book where guests can catch all the action on HD plasma monitors and bet on their favorite teams while relaxing at the sports bar.

Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Harrah's Hotel & Casino in Stateline (south Lake Tahoe) offers casino games, online games, a spa, an indoor pool, shopping, weddings, three nightclubs and space for groups and meetings.

Hard Rock Café Lake Tahoe

When you step into Stateline's Hard Rock Café in Harveys, you feel like you’ve just entered a Sierra Mountain lodge. But then you look around and realize that you’re surrounded by rock and roll history.

Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina

Located on the water along the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, the resort’s lively summers, winter adventures, boat and personal watercraft rentals, Emerald Bay cruises, beautiful sandy beaches, lakeside dining, cross-country ski trails, mountain sports rental center, and more make Camp Richardson Resort truly spectacular, whether