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Summer Vacation Ideas

When most people think about Lake Tahoe, they think only of the lake, and not the vibrant eleven communities that surround this area. While the lake itself is a very important part of the region, these communities have much to offer the traveler, and provide a wide variety of summer activities that the whole family can enjoy, on and off the lake.

Northstar, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows

For those looking to experience the awe inspiring vistas and the mountains that surround Lake Tahoe, we recommend visiting Northstar, Squaw Valley, or the community of Alpine Meadows. Each one has their own unique take on how to spend a summer vacation surrounded by the beauty of Mother Nature. Squaw Valley, also known as Olympic Valley, offers numerous opportunities for hiking, biking and rock climbing and at the end of the day you can relax in some of the best resorts on the West Coast.

Truckee and Carnelian Bay

If you’re looking for a high style and glamorous vacation, visit the communities of Truckee or Carnelian Bay. The options here include awesome gallery tours featuring local artists, as well as talent from across the world. This is a great place to let your artistic side run free, set in the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Incline Village and Kings Beach also have a great selection of galleries and wonderful accommodations for the whole family. Head to the communities of Tahoe City and Crystal Bay. The eclectic mix of music hear will please any ear and there are some truly fantastic resorts and getaways to relax after your night on the town.

West Shore or Tahoe Vista

Some of the world’s best and most eclectic restaurants can be found in West Shore or Tahoe Vista. There are also plenty of opportunities to spend your days walking along the river, hiking into the wilderness, mountain biking, fishing, playing a round of golf, or enjoying a canoe ride. Once you’re done, come back to the communities for anything from casual to five star dining and a great place to stay. Lodging options include everything imaginable from cabins, condominiums, hotels and motels to resort casinos and private home rentals tucked into the woods with spectacular views of the lake.


While you’re there, don’t forget to spend at least one day out on the Lake. You’ll find numerous boat rentals and marinas here that make it easy to find just the right kind of watercraft to have fun on the lake. From fishing boats, to houseboats to jet skis, there are plenty of options and the service is impeccable.