North Lake Tahoe, California Things to Do

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

23rd Annual Lake of the Sky Truckee Garden Tour

Dipping your toes in Lake Tahoe is a pleasurable way to enjoy a lazy Saturday, but how about putting your feet in some grass and stop to smell the roses (flowers)?

Take a stroll through 8 beautifully blooming gardens in the Truckee area, including one at Donner Lake this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $20 and include light refreshments. Purchase your tickets at Tahoe/Truckee nurseries or Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

For further information, visit The Lake of the Sky Garden Club.


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Hiking Lake Tahoe

There are many reasons why vacationers flock to Lake Tahoe. Although we have the beauty of Shirley Canyon at Squaw Valley, there is a magnificant 165 mile trail that awaits your discovery. The Tahoe Rim trail circles the perimeter of Lake Tahoe, passes through two states and even six counties. Hikers are not the only ones to enjoy the view; horses and mountain bikes are allowed in specified areas. There are also three wilderness areas if you’re feeling extremely adventurous.

If you’re looking for something the whole family is sure to enjoy, head out with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for a “Vistas, Lakes and Wildflowers” this Saturday, July 30th at 8:00am. This hike focuses on a climb to Twin Peaks and Granite Chief Wilderness with breathtaking vistas and an abundant bloom of wildflowers in season. Click here for further details.

If you would like to head out on your own, a popular and famous spot for Lake Tahoe hikers is Eagle Falls. It is a relatively short and easy hike (surprisingly so), with rewarding vistas and waterfall views. With our incredible snowfall this year, the waterfalls are raging. Normally waterfalls to this degree appear in May or June, but visitors can enjoy the water level well through summer this year.

Whether you choose to ride the Cable Car up to High Camp and hike down through Shirley Canyon, or take a short drive to Paige Meadows or Eagle Falls to hike with loved ones, we know you will enjoy the breathtaking flora and fauna this time of year.


Wanderlust California 2011

We are pleased to welcome Wanderlust for its third year in a row at Squaw Valley, July 28th to 31st. You don’t want to miss this four day festival of yoga and wellness, music and an outdoor experience with one of the most beautiful backdrops on earth. Learn from the top yoga instructors in the nation. Dive into a session on mediation. Explore the trails of High Camp and take your practice to the mat at 8200 feet. Get your groove on at the Globetrotter Stage, featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead. Chill in the Kula Village with other yogis and “Rock the Casbah” at another musical venue, The Casbah.


Commons Beach Live Concerts

It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon in Lake Tahoe and the whole family is up for a shoreline picnic. Grab your beach chairs, a great spread and head on down to Common’s Beach for free live music. Concerts at Commons Beach begin at 4:30pm and usually run until 7pm. It has been a highly popular event this year, and you definitely want to arrive early to snag a great spot.

Next Sunday, July 24th,  features The Eric McFadden Trio. The season runs until September 4th as the “Grand Finale” with The Mother Hips and The Beer Gardeners.


Rich History: The Gatekeeper’s Museum

Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe are not only beautiful places to vacation, they are also rich in history.  While your summer activities may include hiking, biking and boating, exploring the rich history of this area is a great excursion the whole family can enjoy together!

At the Tahoe City Dam, where the Truckee River meets Lake Tahoe, you will find the Gatekeeper’s Museum.  It was originally built by Robert Montgomery Watson, as the home of the Watermaster, who controlled the water out of Lake Tahoe.  The dam still has a Watermaster, but s/he no longer lives at the cabin. The cabin on site stands today as a reconstruction of the original, since it burned in an arson fire in the early 1980′s.  It serves as a local museum and event venue; showcasing Tahoe history, spanning back from the native Washoe people into the logging and mining days that boomed in the Sierras.

Not only can you visit the museum on your own accord, but the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society hosts many fun events for all ages!  Try a Historic Walking Tour or Bear Brunch BBQ; perhaps a Free Tahoe Movie Matinee or Living History Day.

For further information visit the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society.


Independence Day: Tahoe’s True Summer Start

In most areas, the June Solstice marks the start to summer. The school year has finally ended, temperatures rise as flowers bloom, lawn sprinklers are out in full effect, and suddenly; the seasons have changed.

That’s not the case in Tahoe. There are years when locals endure snowstorms into late June, perhaps even July. If there were many snow days for local schools, then children study away as June passes by. The air feels different; it should be summer; it should be warm. They why is town still so quiet? The crowds have yet to descend.

And then it happens in a flash. 4th of July weekend — Tahoe comes alive! The grocery stores are packed. Donner Pass Road, Highway 89 and North Lake Tahoe Boulevard become LA thoroughfares. Bumper to bumper traffic of cars, vans, and trucks packed with rafts and bike racks. Aw, summer in Tahoe. You have returned in full force.

Whether you flock here for the premier golfing, or the emerald green waters; to ski Squaw in July or sip a pint at the Auld Dubliner; to hike or boulder; to lounge by the Donner Docks or ride The Tahoe Queen; Tahoe is definitely the place to be for 4th of July. And this year, Squaw Valley is serving up The Ultimate Independence Day Weekend!

Here is a lowdown of what’s lined up at Squaw this weekend, and how to squeeze out every last bit of fun! (Don’t forget to pack your winter gear! You’ll need it for skiing/riding Saturday-Monday).

  • Because of the killer winter season, there’s still great snow to be enjoyed. This is the fourth time in Squaw Valley USA’ s history to open for Independence Day. Take a few runs in the morning, and hit up High Camp in the afternoon for a swim, or relax poolside while the DJ spins. You could also check out Gold Coast from 12pm-2pm for some live music – still a chance to kick back.

  • Easy like Sunday morning, enjoy brunch in the Village and head over to The Cushing Pond for the 21st Annual Cushing Crossing.  This is the first ever summer pond-skim, opposed to spring, so it should be lots of fun to not shiver in the cold like years past. Also on the docket is Big Head Todd and the Monsters before the big show at 9:15pm.

  • Don’t fight the traffic or the crowds, and catch the Squaw Valley Fireworks Show at 9:15pm from anywhere in the Village!  Lounge by the pool at the Lodge and take in the brilliant sight.

We promise you won’t be disappointed at Tahoe’s true start to summer!



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