While summer and winter are the obvious times to visit Lake Tahoe for many travelers, most locals will admit that Fall might actually be the PERFECT time to experience the best of Tahoe. The crowds have thinned with the waning daylight, but the temperatures are perfect for getting outdoors and really discovering the area. Need a little more incentive? Here is our list of the top 10 Reasons to Visit this Fall:
1. Fall Colors.
It’s that time of year when the Aspen leaves turn from green to incredible colors of gold, orange, & red! Whether you're looking for a challenge hike the rewards you with a variety of fall hues, or an easy walk to a viewpoint and picnic area, North Lake Tahoe has you covered. Check out some of our favorite leaf peeping locales.
Beer, brats, games, dancers, & live music! Nothing says "festive fall celebration" quite like an authentic Oktoberfest. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Tahoe City put on two of our favorites, and for the first time this year Tahoe City's Oktoberfest will be held at Commons Beach, a four acre beach park right on the lake. Keg rolling, anyone??
3. The Food.
No longer does a trip to the Sierras mean choosing between mediocre slopeslide eats or corner diners. North Lake Tahoe and Truckee are becoming increasingly recognized for innovative cuisine, craft beer and cocktails, and locally roasted coffee. Take a look at the North Lake Tahoe Chamber's recommendations for Fall Flavors or view our Dining Guide for more inspiration.
4. Amazing Weather.
Cool mornings give way to warm afternoons, the sky is blue and the water is often warmer than it was in July. Slightly cooler temperatures are ideal for tackling those longer hikes and rides, and even your canine companion will appreciate a break from the summer heat.
5. Time to Relax, Rejuvenate and Restore.
Fall is a season of rejuvenation and renewal, and what better place for it than the shores, peaks, and historic towns of North Lake Tahoe? From events like Granlibakken's Wellness Weekend to local yoga studios, spas, and the peace found in the great outdoors, you'll return home refreshed ready to conquer the year ahead.
6. Great time to Climb, Bike, or Hike.
With fewer visitors, trails are wide open, and North Lake Tahoe and Truckee abound with hiking and biking perfect for all ages and skill levels. We boast some of the areas best rock climbing as well. Click here for some favorite climbing spots!
7. Cruises on the Lake.
Get a different perspective of Lake Tahoe on the water. Enjoy daily cruises aboard the Tahoe Gal, a large paddlewheel vessel berthed in Tahoe City. Great opportunities to tour Emerald Bay with Daytime Scenic Lunch Cruises.
8. Go Fishing!
As water temperatures drop, it brings in an influx of Rainbow trout to the shallow waters to feed. Fall is the perfect time to go fishing with the family, as you will most likely catch a good amount of Rainbows and even some Mackinaw on Lake Tahoe.
9. Reduced Rental Rates.
What’s better than sneaking away for a long weekend to enjoy the last warm days of the year? Saving a bundle while you do it! Off season rates are in full effect at all of our homes, and we're currently offering a number of lodging specials as well.
10. You’re on Tahoe Time.
Tahoe is great place to visit year-round, but there’s something very special about the fall when the pace is more relaxed and much less hectic. Traffic is no longer an issue, and getting into parking areas for sightseeing, trailheads, and even popular restaurants is a breeze. Of course, if you’re really on Tahoe time, you may choose to simply do nothing at all….