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!

Fun Summer Tahoe Vacation: July 4th Holiday Week!

You’re staying with us for July 4th(yay – welcome!) or maybe you’re lodging around the North Lake Tahoe area and wondering what summer activities to line up while vacationing with your kiddos, parents, grandparents, dog, ten bikes, and Thule car rack. We’ve got you covered!

The good thing is summer really comes alive during the July 4thholiday week. That can prove to be really fun, or challenging when it comes to traffic, depending on how you approach your vacation in the North Lake Tahoe area. If you’re staying in the valley (Squaw, that is) we recommend you take advantage of the plethora of fun activities lined up that require no roundtrip transportation:

When you’re vacationing in the area during the July 4 holiday you don’t want to miss the fireworks show! There are several to choose from around North Lake Tahoe, from the show on July 3 at Kings Beach to the July 4 festivities at Tahoe City. The fireworks usually begin at 9:30PM and we advise you park yourself early with a sunscreen, cozy blanket, snacks, and drinks. They are certainly worth the excursion to the lake to watch the night sky ablaze above tranquil Lake Tahoe.

Aside from the beloved annual Truckee July 4thParade(a taste of local patriotism), there are other fun ways to get out and enjoy the lively holiday, like the Run to the Beach 5K and 10K, and after you’ve worked up a good sweat swing by Garwoods for a quintessential taste of Tahoe: the famous Wet Woody.

You’ve watched movies on the big screen in the great outdoors, biked to Tahoe City and floated the Truckee River, run a 5K or 10K at North Lake Tahoe, tried a famously tasty Wet Woody, but be sure to enjoy the simple summer pleasures. Hike up Shirley Canyon. Walk through Squaw Valley along the bike path and admire the peaks that rise up from the valley floor. Pick wildflowers at High Camp. Jump off the public docks that sprinkle the north side of Donner Lake. Kayak Lake Tahoe at dawn with the birds, and soak in the solitude.

There’s so much summer fun to be had while staying with us at Squaw Valley Lodge. The question is, where to begin?

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Summer’s Here with Memorial Day at Squaw Valley!

It’s been an incredible winter at Squaw Valley with Miracle March dropping 18 feet of snow for great spring skiing for the whole family! Monday, May 28th marks your last day of the season to get in turns at Squaw Valley, and then it’s time to bid farewell to Old Man Winter. Memorial Day weekend signifies the start to summer, and Lake Tahoe is full and ready for warm weather family fun!

Squaw Valley Lodge celebrates summer by opening their pool Friday, May 25! Lounging in the sun not your thing? Enjoy a round of golf on 250 acres of beautiful mountain terrain in the valley (check out Resort at Squaw Creek to book your tee times). Rent bikes at Factory Bike Rental, and cruise along the Truckee River Bike Trail into Tahoe City for a scoop of ice cream, or ride even farther down the West Shore for a drink on the infamous deck at Sunnyside Restaurant. All are iconic ways to kick off summer at Tahoe!

Or join in the fun with the sixth annual The Village at Squaw Valley’s Made in Tahoe Festival where you can enjoy all things local (over 100 vendors), great food, and live music and performances. The Festival runs from 11am-7pm on Saturday May 26 and 11am-5pm on Sunday May 27. Family friendly and free admission. For more details see

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Enjoy a Romantic Getaway to Lake Tahoe

Surprise that special someone when you book our Lake Tahoe Romantic Getaway Package. You’ll enjoy relaxing accommodations along with a three-course meal and Swedish massage for two. Rates start at just $167. Click to book now!


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Spend an Unforgettable Father’s Day in Lake Tahoe

Do you want to surprise dad this Father’s Day? Plan a weekend of adventure in Lake Tahoe! Dad will love the beautiful mountain scenery and fun activities at our Squaw Valley Resort.


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The Future of Skiing: IKON PASS and Major Savings!

Welcome to the future for ski resort pass holders.

We’re stoked to share the latest and greatest news from Squaw Alpine – the IKON Pass! Imagine the ability to ski or ride your home mountain at Lake Tahoe, and enjoy a ski getaway with unlimited access across North America at the following ski resorts:

Mammoth, Steamboat, Stratton, VT; Tremblant, Winter Park Resort, Big Bear Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain, Snowshoe, June Mountain, Eldora and Blue Mountain!

Pretty mind-blowing and exciting? For an adult pass at $899 you’ll receive unlimited access with no blackout dates at 11 resorts across the country, and limited access at an additional 15 ski resorts (Jackson Hole, Big Sky Montana, Aspen Snowmass, and Revelstoke to name a few). That’s 26 resorts and 63,000 acres of skiable terrain on one pass in North America! Benefits also include discounted Friends and Family Lift Tickets (10 days at 25% off window rates), 15% off retail food and beverage, summer access, and our favorite: FREE spring skiing!

With 8 new inches of snow last night at Squaw, it’s the perfect time to sign up for your 2019/20 IKON Pass and take advantage of the fun FREE spring skiing at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Even better, stay at Squaw Valley Lodge with our featured low rates for IKON pass holders. Book online and use promo code IKON to save or contact one of our Reservation Agents to book now and get some powder turns in soon! 

IKON pass holder rates increase after May 1. Don’t miss out on the savings!

April 16, 2018 at Squaw Alpine. 


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28th Annual Cushing Crossing in Squaw Valley

Are you ready for spring? Don’t miss the 28th Annual Cushing Crossing in Squaw Valley! This world-famous pond skimming event brings out athletes to compete for prizes. Find out more about this fun spring event near our Lake Tahoe lodge.


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27th Annual Snowsports History Celebration at Squaw Valley

Come celebrate the history of skiing and snowboarding at the 2018 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction. This year marks the 27th annual Snowsports History Celebration at Squaw Valley. Click to see how you can join in on the fun!


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