Between major heat waves, seasonal humidity, and a long break from school leading to whines of "I'm bored", it really can start to feel like the dog days of summer. But fear not! We're here with four perfect ways to cool off this summer.
Take a dip in Big Blue
The simple things really are the best. With no entrance fee, no lines, and splashing encouraged, let the family loose on the shore of one of Lake Tahoe's gorgeous public beaches. If you're looking for a large park with all the amenities and watercraft rental nearby, try Commons Beach in downtown Tahoe City. Prefer somewhere quiet, where you'll see more locals than tourists? Venture down to Moon Dunes beach with a beach blanket and cooler packed with all the beach day essentials. For more options, check out all of our Lake Tahoe Beaches, or take a look at the pet-friendly spots if you are traveling with your dog.
Float the Truckee River
One of North Lake Tahoe's "must dos," conditions are perfect for floating the Truckee this summer. Spend a morning or afternoon on a leisurely float from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows. All ages welcome (even furry family members!) and sizable rafts allow room for lunch and refreshments. Local rafting outfits make the process a breeze with free parking and a shuttle to the entrance point, and the float ends at the River Ranch - a perfect spot to stop for a bite.
Visit High Camp Pool at Squaw Valley
How can you beat cooling off in a swimming pool at 8200 feet? One of the most breathtaking places you'll ever take a dip, the High Camp Pool is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and offers views of Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley's legendary granite peaks. Enjoy refreshments from the poolside bar, catch some rays on a chaise lounge, or read a book in the shade of an umbrella while the kids splash in the shallow end. Adults $10, Kids $5.
Enjoy a cone with your feet in Donner Lake
Is there anything more quintessentially summer than enjoying a cone on a dock, toes dangling into the refreshing waters of an Alpine Lake? Visit Little Truckee Creamery, and you can do just that! Located away from the crowds of downtown, this locally owned shop across the street from Donner Lake makes all their ice cream in house. Non dairy ice cream and sorbet available as well! Open 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily.
Intrigued by some of these ideas? Contact a Vacation Specialist today to help you plan your trip. And because we know summer is full of lots of plans, we're offering a special deal to help you beat the heat. Check out our Dog Days of Summer discount or explore all available vacation rentals.
Now we're off to enjoy this summer day ourselves. Just have to decide which flavor of ice cream to pick...