Don’t go chasing waterfalls—or actually, go chase ‘em in Tahoe this May and June, when the snow starts to melt and the hikes are instagrammable. Eagle Falls is surely the most popular option, with plentiful parking and seriously stunning waterfall views in Emerald Bay State Park.
Shoulder season is the best time to get your paddle on in Tahoe with the locals, before the droves of tourists arrive. Avoid the massive crowds, get in while the water is fresh and crisp, and pack your waterproof camera. Too cold to swim, most definitely—so make sure you book a guided paddle to learn some tricks that won’t make you tip! Our favorite kayak destinations are DL Bliss State Park and Carnelian Bay—where the beach is your final destination and even in the spring will give you all the beachfront feels.
Hit the Beach
No two Lake Tahoe beaches are the same—each with their own panoramic views and activities. Grab your leash and head to Kiva Beach for dog friendly fun. Emerald Bay State Park offers unmatched views of Fannette Island and the Vikingsholm Estate. Plus, a pro tip: beaches on the western side of the lake see more early morning sun and the east side are great for catching an infamous Tahoe sunset.
Tahoe South’s legendary trails draw mountain bikers from far and wide. From Saxon Creek Trail (locally known as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) to Flume Trail and Bijou Bike Park and Tahoe Rim Trail, there's a ride for every skill level. South Lake Tahoe is also a designated Bike Friendly Community, with many family-friendly bike paths and local bike shops with rentals. After a long day on the bike path, we love to head to the beach for a cooling plunge.
Sip & Savor on the Lake
Craft cocktails aren’t just for the likes of NYC and LA–Gar Woods boast some seriously tantalizing tiki drinks. Their world-famous Wet Woody and the classic preparation of Trader Vic’s Mai Tai are enough to set your night right, but the views of the lake and the Polynesian-inspired cruising are enough to make you stay for an extra rum floater.
Along with our on-site entertainment offered at Ten Crows BBQ, residents and visitors flock to venues including Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena (formerly known as Harveys Outdoor Amphitheater) for the hotly anticipated Summer Concert Series.
Things are Happening
Check out what’s happening in South Lake Tahoe. Hotel Becket is just across the street from Heavenly Village, South Tahoe's gathering place for entertainment, dining, shopping, and more.