An adventure in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is really fun to plan, particularly when taking an RV trip for your time away from home. Of course, Lake Tahoe is one of the premier destinations in the Sierras, and no matter the time of year, this is the place people go for a wealth of activities and events.
Lake Tahoe is split down the middle by the Nevada and California border, and has two areas to accommodate the traveler. One is the North Lake Tahoe area with all sorts of activities, attractions and events throughout the year. The other is South Lake Tahoe, with outdoor activities galore, such as biking, hiking, boating and more. Play all day and play all night at Tahoe. RV camping is abundant. One place you may like to stay is at the Lake Tahoe KOA, a great home base while you explore the beauty of Lake Tahoe.
On the South shore, you should be sure to stop in to see Vikingsholm, a castle at the head of Emerald Bay. Originally built as a summer home in 1929, it is an architectural beauty. There are plenty of hiking trails here, the favorite being one where you can hike to Lower Eagle Falls. Another South shore attraction is Pope Beach with a mile-long stretch of sand. Perfect for families!
When you want to add a little excitement to your vacation, it is suggested you try a balloon trip. At Balloons Over Lake Tahoe you’ll find a thrilling balloon ride awaits, taking you over the tops of the trees with a bird’s eye view of the lake. Soaring more than 3,000 feet high, you will be overwhelmed with the experience, but at the same time you will be perfectly safe. All the pilots are experienced and certified.
All summer you can experience Valhalla at Lake Tahoe Arts, Theater & Music Festival. Get involved in the arts and enjoy the music in the best setting imaginable. It is held at the Tallac Historic Site, another must-see. You can explore this site and really get the feel of what it was like living in the mountains in the 1900s.
Before leaving the South shore, go to Tahoe Keys Marina for some water fun. You can rent boats or water equipment. Take a private charter or do some sport fishing. The activities are plentiful, like scuba diving, jet skiing, sailing or tubing. The fun never stops. Then head for the North shore for more! Hopefully you arrive while the Lake Tahoe SummerFest is being held. Discover the music, arts and theater celebration that is an eye-opening experience to young and old alike.
Also on the North shore, you will find the Ehrman Mansion where guided tours are captivating. The Gatekeeper’s Cabin Museum is where you really find out all about Tahoe history. There is so much to see and do at Lake Tahoe, but if you are ready to head home, be sure to first stop in Truckee for some shopping, and at Donner Lake for some more boating and perhaps water skiing. This will be the perfect ending to a perfect RV vacation.