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Thinking of visiting Lake Tahoe? You are about to experience an amazing and beautiful place. It’s perfect for your June, July or August vacation because there are a wide variety of things to do in Lake Tahoe in the summer months. Of course, Tahoe is also an excellent winter destination with world-class skiing and winter sports, but today we will just focus on all the different summer activities that are available there.

Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest alpine lake at 22 miles long and 12 miles wide and contains enough water to cover the entire state of California to a depth of 14 inches. The lake straddles the states of California and Nevada and the drive around the lake is 72 miles long. And one of the things I love the most – the water is 99 percent pure.

things to do in Lake Tahoe in the summer

Check out The Most Beautiful Drive In America featuring the drive around Lake Tahoe.

Tips On Visiting Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe’s summer season is relatively short in terms of warm summer days. Spring and fall can also be beautiful, but due to the altitude (Lake Tahoe is at 6200+ feet), the weather is cool in the spring and fall. So if you’re looking for summertime water activities, Memorial Day through Labor Day is the best time to go.

And because the season is limited it can and does get crowded.

If you’re planning on staying in the area, you must arrange your accommodations well in advance or you could find that everything is sold out.

Lake Tahoe Summer Activities

You won’t run out of things to do in Lake Tahoe in the summer months. If you love the water there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy that crystal clear alpine water. But when you get waterlogged you can take a break and try some of the many land-based activities.

Here are some ideas for some summer activities at Lake Tahoe.

Water Activities

Land Activities

Day Trips From Lake Tahoe

Where To Stay in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe has lots of accommodations options depending on whether you’re looking for resorts, condos, houses or cabin rentals.

Check out a selection of what’s offered here.

How To Get to Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe straddles the states of California and Nevada.  The closest major airports are Sacramento, CA (SMF) and Reno, NV (RNO).

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Mary Emmer
Mary Emmer

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Mary is an online entrepreneur here at Still en Route where she uses her knowledge from a travel industry career beginning in 1984 to write about everything travel-related, sometimes with a baby boomer twist!  Read more.

2 thoughts on “Things To Do In Lake Tahoe In The Summer”

  1. 99% pure water – sounds amazing. We have talked about planning a trip out west and this sounds like a stop with many fun activities. We enjoy water activities along with hiking, so this would definitely be something for the whole family to enjoy. How far is the Yosemite National park from Lake Tahoe?

    • Hi, there are actually 5 entrances to Yosemite National Park. It’s huge! From South Lake Tahoe, I believe the closest entrance would be the Tioga Pass Entrance and the drive time would be about 2 1/2 hours.


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