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Things to Do in Lake Tahoe This Summer

By Viator, May 2018

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Lake Tahoe is an outdoor lover’s paradise in the summer, with prime opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, beaches, and watersports from North Lake Tahoe down the west shore to South Lake Tahoe, home to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy this alpine environment in the warmer months. 

  • Cruise from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay State Park by jet ski or boat. You’ll see Fannette Island and Vikingsholm, a Scandinavian-style castle, along the way. 
  • For an active, yet peaceful, mode of water transit, rent a stand-up paddleboard. 
  • Go rafting from Tahoe City down the Truckee River.
  • Ride the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram to the top of the ski resort, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains of the Sierra range.
  • Enjoy one of the many hiking trails; Eagle Falls is a favorite on the south shore.
  • Drive or take a tour around the circumference of the lake, which straddles Nevada and California. Just be sure to allot the whole day if you plan to stop for photo opps.  
  • Visit the old mining town of Virginia City, Nevada, to learn about the region’s Wild West history and take a ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II, Lake Tahoe, null
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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

4.5 star rating: Recommended 212 Reviews

Take a 2-hour sightseeing cruise on the M.S. Dixie II around magnificent Lake Tahoe to savor the wonders of this picturesque area. Discover breathtaking views ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00
M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise, Lake Tahoe, Day Cruises
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M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 175 Reviews

A delightful combination of dining, dancing and sightseeing make for an unforgettable evening on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Watch the sun go down over Lake Tahoe ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.00
Lake Tahoe Semi-Private Photography Tour, Lake Tahoe, Dinner Cruises
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Lake Tahoe Semi-Private Photography Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 56 Reviews

This semi-private photography tour offers a myriad of photo opportunities of stunningly beautiful Lake Tahoe and the snow capped mountains of the Sierra ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe
Duration: Flexible

From USD $169.00
El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Private Sightseeing Tours
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El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Discover more of the Lake Tahoe region than the lake itself on this day trip to El Dorado wine region, just west of South Lake Tahoe in the foothills of the ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Guided Tour of Historic Virginia City and Carson City from South Lake Tahoe, Reno, Wine Tasting & ... 
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Guided Tour of Historic Virginia City and Carson City from South Lake Tahoe

Step back in time on this narrated tour following the Pony Express Trail to America’s largest historic landmark Virginia City – the Comstock Lode founded in ...  Read more

Location: South Lake Tahoe, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
South Lake Tahoe Boat Rental, Lake Tahoe, Private Sightseeing Tours
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South Lake Tahoe Boat Rental

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Get out on Lake Tahoe in your own speedboat! With a boat rental from South Lake Tahoe, you can explore the lake at your own pace, checking out popular ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $154.00
Lake Tahoe Circle Tour Including Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, Boat Rental
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Lake Tahoe Circle Tour Including Squaw Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Admire Lake Tahoe from every angle on this scenic tour that takes you all the way around the lake with a local insider guide. As you travel a total of about 80 ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Wild West Tour from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride, Lake Tahoe, Nature & Wildlife
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Wild West Tour from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

Delve into Nevada’s Wild West mining history on this tour from South Lake Tahoe to Virginia City, a mining boomtown listed on the US National Register of ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
South Lake Tahoe Kayak Rental, Lake Tahoe, Day Trips
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South Lake Tahoe Kayak Rental

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore Lake Tahoe by kayak during a 1-, 4- or 8-hour rental. In an easy-to-paddle single kayak, go wherever you want to go, traveling from the marina in South ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $30.00
South Lake Tahoe Jet Ski Rental, Lake Tahoe, Kayaking & Canoeing
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South Lake Tahoe Jet Ski Rental

Discover Lake Tahoe from the water as you cruise around the lake by Jet Ski! It’s a great way to get out on the water, explore the shoreline and enjoy a little ...  Read more

Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $144.00

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