5 Activities When Visiting Lake Tahoe During the "Shoulder-Season"
|Some call autumn in Lake Tahoe the "shoulder-season," but others refer to it as the "secret season." The crispness in the air breathes new life into the corridors of Lake Tahoe welcoming in bright fall colors and the eagerness for snowfall. With fewer crowds on the trails, around town, and on the road, fall in Lake Tahoe is ideal for taking in the picturesque sights before the ski season slides in. Here are just a few things to take advantage of during the in-between season when visiting Lake Tahoe.|
1. Take a Hike or Bike Ride
No matter where you are staying, chances are, a hiking or biking trail is never too far. The diversity in trails offers something for every activity level and all family members. A Mountain Bike ride through the North Tahoe Single Track is great for the adventurists while the Truckee River Bike Path delivers a calm ride on a paved path with rich river views. Hikers can also take in the nearly 360degree views at the top of Martis Peak Lookout, or enter a sense of seclusion hiking into the serene meadows of Spooner Lake.
2. Shopping and Dining
For those looking for a casual stroll through the local shops and eateries, Tahoe boasts world-class restaurants paired with unique local shops. The Downtown Truckee area offers convenient shopping with divers restaurants. Just 20 minutes away on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City showcases a quaint downtown of shopping and dining accompanied by lakeside views. The South Lake Tahoe area features a multitude of conveniently located lodging option with shopping and dining within walking distance.
3. Take in A Show
Although many places shut down after dark, both north and south Lake Tahoe feature large and small on-stage lineups year-round. Live music every weekend at venues across the lake will keep you entertained well into the midnight hour.
4. Learn the Local History
Stretching across each shoreline and into outer lining towns, Lake Tahoe as we know today has been shaped by both natural and human historical events. First home to the Washoe tribe of American Indians, Lake Tahoe has been a passageway to the gold rush miners, the well-known American Pioneer group The Donner Party, and was famously written about by author Mark Twain. In addition to several 19th and 20th century palatial mansions available for tours today, the Lake Tahoe area offers a wide range of historical museums that cover the diversity of this high alpine lake.
5. Take a Scenic Drive Around the Lake
It's no wonder why Lake Tahoe has been the backdrop to multiple silver screen productions. It's organic, jaw-dropping beauty is recommended to be experienced at all angles. A day trip around the lake by car is a great way to see the area stopping at various "look-outs" and historical points.