Lake Tahoe Stories and Tips

Summer & Fall in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is known as a winter wonderland, but if you don't ski, Lake Tahoe can also be wonderful in the summer and fall. We chose to visit Lake Tahoe a few days before Labor Day and stay until after Labor Day 2005.We were warned that Lake Tahoe would be crowded, and were surprised when we arrived there and it wasn't crowded. We learned that the crowd arrives late Friday or on Saturday, mostly from California.I highly suggest if you fly into Reno to take the back road over the mountain to Lake Tahoe. The view is unbelievable as you wind up the mountain and then back down the other side.One also needs to ride the gondola to get a complete overview of this very large lake. Lake Tahoe is a very big and very deep lake, and riding the gondola from the center of South Lake Tahoe is quite an experience. Tahoe also has casinos located both on the north side and the south side of the lake for those who want to gamble. I recommend Harveys, as they were very accommodating to us and upgraded us to a suite at no extra charge since it was our first visit.As for accommodations, there is a wide variety of mom and pop hotels and the major chains. Condo's are also quite popular here. If you're looking for the better chains, take a look at the Marriott, Best Western Timber lodge, and Holiday Inn. Those are all nice properties in a central location.The drive around the lake is also quite wonderful as you get to see a lot of different perspectives of the lake. Driving can be a bit harrowing at times, as some of the curves are pretty steep.Tahoe is a wonderful resort village but there are also some excellent day trips from there to places like Dodge City, Reno and some of the near by lakes. All in all, we loved Lake Tahoe in the summer/fall. While it is a winter wonderland, it is also quite beautiful without snow, and the people we met were friendly.

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