6 Reasons Why You Should Plan a Trip to South Lake Tahoe in the Summer Now

Drive anywhere around Lake Tahoe, and you’ll see stickers plastered on shops and cars with these three words:

Keep Tahoe Blue.

It’s the slogan of the League to Save Tahoe, and its mission includes combating pollution, promoting restoration, tackling invasive species, and protecting Tahoe’s shoreline.

But, we don’t want you to be blue, having missed out on yet another summer break to vacation to this great destination with your family. And for that reason, keep scrolling to discover why South Lake Tahoe in the summer is too good to pass up!  

First, what’s the deal with North vs. South Lake Tahoe?

Long story short, while doing your Lake Tahoe research, you’ll come across different things to do and see on two sides of Lake Tahoe—North and South. Having stayed in both North and South Lake Tahoe, we tend to favor South Lake thanks to its abundance of fun. While North Lake is known for being the quieter side, South Lake offers excitement, from the easy access to Heavenly Village to endless food options, festivals, and some of the best hiking in the basin. 

So all that to say, here are…

6 Reasons Why You Should Plan a Family Trip to South Lake Tahoe in the Summer:

1. The Weather

Tahoe’s shores are lined with umbrellas and beach towels during the summer months, and for a good reason. The mountain peaks shed their snow (or the bulk of it), and the opportunities abound for outdoor fun in the sun. Hence the reason why it’s a good idea to plan your vacay early!

And while the days are warm (although you’ll appreciate the low humidity), the nights are chilly, calling for a light jacket and possibly even long pants!

2. The Lake

The water may still be a bit chilly during the warmer months. But that doesn’t stop the kiddos from splashing around and having fun, so why should it stop you? 

Take your pick from more than 70 miles of shoreline, with favorites being Kiva Beach, Emerald Bay, and Nevada Beach. Though, speaking from experience, because of Kiva Beach’s popularity, be sure to arrive early to claim a close parking spot (if you’re not Ubering, of course). Otherwise, be prepared to walk a good amount with your beach gear in tow before arriving at your proclaimed patch of sand. 

Once you do stake your spot with your umbrella and beach towels, wade into the crystal blue waters and kick back on a floatie. Or, if you’re up for a little more action than that, head over to SUP Tahoe on Emerald Bay Road to rent a paddleboard or kayak for the day, which tends to be much easier on your vacation budget than booking a 1- to 2-hour tour or excursion. 

The best part? If you’re renting a car for your trip, SUP Tahoe will also supply your vehicle with the right rack system to get your paddleboard or kayak to the beach or lakefront area of your choice—free of charge!

3. The Hikes & Heavenly Village

While you can take your pick from plenty of iconic hiking trails in South Lake, many will recommend you take the scenic Heavenly gondola up the mountain for 2.4 miles for a day in the great outdoors. 

Keep in mind, however, this is a splurge. But one that’s well worth it, especially if you save some of your vacation budget by cooking up some meals of your own (yes, this is possible at our favorite South Lake Tahoe resort, which we’ll give you the scoop on here soon)! 

Summer dates generally begin mid to late June, during which you can choose your own adventure! Whether that involves embarking on hiking trails, taking in the views atop the Observation Deck, or purchasing an activity pass for access to EPIC Discovery (aka a zip line, mountain coaster, snow-free tubing course, ropes course, and a climbing wall), the opportunities are endless. 

4. The Live Music

During the warmer months, there are plenty of spots to enjoy live music from local and out-of-town artists. But our favorite, which we think you’ll love, too? California Burger Co., serving up good tunes and delicious food every single day! Yes, you read that right. And it’s located smack-dab in the center of all the Shops at Heavenly Village hubbub. So if you’re not necessarily feeling a burger night, you can dine at the nearby Azul Latin Kitchen and still tap your feet to the music or, better yet, sing along, while savoring specialty tacos and smokey jalapeno margaritas!

5. The Celebrity Sightings 

In the past, the Lake Tahoe area was a retreat for coveted stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, and today, Aaron Rodgers, Mike Love, and Mark Zuckerberg. 

But, if you happen to be vacationing in Tahoe during a popular event, in particular, the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood South Lake Tahoe, you can most definitely look forward to celebrity sightings! It’s just a mere six minutes from our preferred resort of Wyndham South Shore. And up to two kids, ages 10 and under, get into the tournament for free per each paying adult (adult tickets start at $20/day).

6. The Views

Last, but certainly not least, there’s honestly nothing quite like the views you’ll have the chance to take in at Lake Tahoe. You’ll be looking out to the blue waters while admiring the stunning backdrop that is the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It really is a relaxing, awe-inspiring destination. You’ll want to come back time and time again!

Where should you stay? 

south lake tahoe in the summer

Look no further than a sweet suite experience at our favorite vacation rental resort in the area: Wyndham South Shore. With spacious two-bedroom accommodations complete with home comforts such as a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and living area, as well as access to the beach, outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, and more, you may have just found your go-to annual home away from home. 

If you skipped straight to the end, do you really need a list of reasons as to why you should plan a trip to South Lake Tahoe in the summer now? After all, it is Lake Tahoe. So what do you say? Get in touch with our team of Resort Specialists today to book your affordable suite stay!

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