The entire Lake Tahoe area is a mecca for hikers. From short walks leading to beautiful viewpoints, to long and strenuous climbs. One of my favorite hikes is on the Flume Trail. Hiking up to the top is tough but the views of Lake Tahoe are amazing. From Spooner Lake the hike is about 13 miles. There is a shuttle service available that can return hikers/bikers to their starting point. The Flume is also a popular mountain bike trail and I highly recommend it.
To drive around the entire lake would take three hours and is 72 miles long. Can you imagine how many restaurants there are to visit along the way? When I am visiting Tahoe, we usually stay in one specific area of the lake and enjoy whatever it has to offer. I have favorite restaurants all along the lake. Here are just a couple.
Lanza’s Restaurant Lanza’s is our favorite restaurant on the lake. The Italian food is excellent and reasonably priced. I usually order the ravioli, just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Lanza’s is across the street from the lake and doesn’t offer outside dining or views, but the food is worth it.
Tep’s Villa Roma This is another very good Italian restaurant, and is the perfect place to take a big family. The prices are excellent, and they have a wonderful salad bar.
Many of the popular bars and grills around the lake serve signature drinks. West Shore has a couple of my favorites, especially if you like rum. At Chamber’s Landing we always have the “Chamber’s Punch”, which is nice and slushy. An added bonus is sitting at the dock, watching the boats come in.
Just down the highway, another favorite bar and grill is the Beacon. They are famous on the lake for their “Rum Runners” and French fries. It’s a beautiful spot to sit by the lake and relax.
Over on the South Shore, we recently discovered a new beach bar. At Round Hill Pines Beach, they have the only rum bar on the beach at Lake Tahoe and it is “Alpine Caribbean” style. Their specialty drink is the “Pain Killer”.
If you are looking for a party beach, bar and grill, then just up the highway is Zephyr Cove. The Sunset Bar has a great food and drink selection with one of my favorites being the “Teaser”. It’s a vodka based drink and goes down way too easy.
The Lake Tahoe area offers a huge variety of bike riding for all levels. There are paved bike paths along different areas of the lake, as well as mid-range to strenuous single track trails, such as the Flume Trail. There are also cycling groups and events if you prefer road riding. A nice ride to do with families begins at Squaw Valley and has a path along the Truckee River up to Tahoe City, rounding out at around 8 miles.
5. Water Sports
The water in Lake Tahoe is very cold. In the summer the surface may warm to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, but it usually averages around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. I tend to choose water sports that will keep me dry! Kayaking and boating are a fun way to see the shores of the lake from another perspective. The huge, elaborate homes which are usually hidden behind gates, can be passed by and viewed from the water.
Parasailing and paddle boarding are two more very popular summer activities on the lake. Many beaches have stands where you can rent kayaks, paddle-boards, and other equipment.
I hope you enjoyed my list of fun activities to do in Lake Tahoe in the summer. There are a million more I could add to the list, I’m sure! To read more about Lake Tahoe please check out my previous post. Lake Tahoe, My Weekend Guide.
Have you spent time at Lake Tahoe? Please tell me some of your favorite activities or locations to visit!