18 Jul 2023
As the summer sun shines brightly over Lake Tahoe, finding ways to beat the heat becomes a top priority for visitors and locals. Fortunately, this alpine destination offers countless refreshing activities and hidden gems to help you stay cool. Whether you prefer thrilling water sports or peaceful mountain escapes, Tahoe has something for everyone. Here are our top ways to beat this summer heat while enjoying all Tahoe offers.
Dive into the Refreshing Waters of Lake Tahoe
The simplest pleasures are truly the most enjoyable. Experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe's stunning public beaches without any entry fees or lines, and feel free to let the family splash around in the crystal blue waters. If you're seeking a spacious park equipped with various amenities and conveniently located near watercraft rentals, consider visiting Commons Beach or Waterman’s Landing. If you prefer a serene and local atmosphere, head over to Moon Dunes Beach with a beach blanket and a cooler filled with all the necessities for a perfect beach day. For more beach options, explore the wide range of Lake Tahoe's beaches or explore the pet-friendly locations if you're accompanied by your furry friend.
Escape the heat by exploring the enchanting waterfalls that dot the Tahoe region. Cascade Falls, Eagle Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Shirley Canyon are a few of the breathtaking waterfalls that provide a cool oasis amidst the lush greenery. Enjoy a scenic hike and reward yourself with the misty spray and natural beauty that awaits at the end of the trail. We recommend hiking in the early mornings to beat the afternoon heat and avoid the crowds.
Ride the River Rapids
For adrenaline seekers, nothing beats the exhilaration of rafting down the Truckee River. Join a guided rafting tour with either IRIE or Tributary in Truckee or get inflatable tubes for the whole family to enjoy the refreshing rapids. Pack the cooler with some snacks and refreshments to stop along the river for a picnic. As you float along, the cool river waters and stunning scenery will make you forget all about the summer heat.
Explore the Lake by Boat
What better way to explore the beauty of Tahoe than by boat? Spend your day exploring Emerald Bay, jumping off Rooster Rock, enjoying some tubing thrills, and catching waves while wake surfing on Big Blue. The best part? You can take a refreshing dip whenever you please! So, pack some sandwiches and refreshments, slather on that sunscreen, and prepare for an epic adventure-packed day.
Discover High-Elevation Excursion
Escape to the cooler temperatures and take a scenic Aerial Tram ride at Palisades Tahoe up to High Camp to enjoy the views of Lake Tahoe while hiking around and cooling off with the patches of snow. Embark on adventures like mountain biking, rock climbing, or even horseback riding in high elevations that will relieve you from the heat and breathtaking vistas, and unforgettable experiences. Added Bonus? Tahoe Getaways has teamed up with Palisades Tahoe and all guests receive DISCOUNTED cable car rides. Contact us for details!
Indulge in Delicious Cool Treats
What’s better than enjoying a cone on the lake on a hot summer day? Tahoe boasts charming ice cream parlors, frozen yogurt shops, and local cafes where you can savor cold treats. Treat yourself to a refreshing ice cream cone from Poppy’s in Tahoe City or Little Truckee Ice Creamery in Donner Lake. Sip on a frosty smoothie from Syd’s in Tahoe City while strolling along the lakefront or exploring quaint mountain towns. It's the perfect way to cool down and satisfy your taste buds simultaneously.
Staying Cool and Comfortable in Your Home
Unfortunately, most of the homes in the Lake Tahoe area have no A/C. However, take advantage of Tahoe’s cooler evenings and nights by opening windows and positioning the fans to facilitate cross-ventilation and draw in the cool mountain air. During the day, close the windows and curtains to block out the sun’s heat. Consider enjoying an evening BBQ out on the patio with friends and family to avoid additional heat in the kitchen.
Excited about these possibilities? Contact one of our Vacation Specialists today to assist you in organizing your summer getaway or explore all available vacation rentals.