10 Fun, Safe, and Socially-Distanced Things to Do In Lake Tahoe This Summer


Social distancing in the mountains is just easier! With miles of waterfront access, hiking trails, and recreation galore, there’s no shortage of ways to have fun and experience Mother Nature — all while being responsible and keeping your distance from other travelers. So, if you’re looking to just get away from it all, Tahoe is the place to visit this summer. Whether you’re planning a Lake Tahoe road trip or a quick getaway, we’ve put together a few of our favorite safe and socially-distant things to do in Lake Tahoe this summer!

1. Hot air balloon rides.

Soar high and experience Lake Tahoe like never before. You’ll get stunning mountain and lake views in a calm and serene environment. It’s a worthwhile and unique adventure that you’re sure to remember for a long time! Check out Lake Tahoe Balloons to get started.

2. Biking.

From Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride to the Powerline Trail, there are so many great trails and mountain biking opportunities for both experienced and novice riders. If you’re visiting the area and in need of a bike, the experts at Anderson’s Bicycle Rental, Camp Richardson Mountain Sports Center, and other local cycleries can get you on two wheels and ready to go quickly! Be sure to check out the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition for extra tips and an interactive map to plan out your cycling adventure.

3. Fishing.

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a day spent fly fishing. Lake Tahoe offers some of the best Kokanee and trout fishing in all of California and Nevada! Whether you’re an expert angler or you’ve never tied a fly before, we’ve got you covered. Check out Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, Tahoe Sport Fishing, or our plethora of other fishing guides and sporting equipment stores around Tahoe to give you the lowdown on where the big ones are and get you set up with all the necessary gear!

4. Golfing.

18 holes of pure beauty and bliss! Tahoe offers an amazing array of world-class golf courses — from Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course to Genoa Lakes. With breathtaking views, knowledgeable staff, and training opportunities, there’s a reason why people travel from all over the world to play golf in Tahoe.

5. Hiking.

Lace up your shoes and get ready to hit the trails. Enjoy fresh air and explore waterfalls and other hidden treasures along Eagle Falls, Emerald Bay, and the miles of other Tahoe mountain hiking trails. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the wildlife and stunning views along the way.

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6. Horseback riding.

We love horses — they make great companions when exploring all of Tahoe’s natural beauty. Whether you jump in the saddle yourself or prefer wagon rides, there are lots of options to let your equestrian side shine through. Camp Richardson Corral is a great place to start — they offer pony rides for young riders as well!

7. Rock climbing.

Climb to new heights and embrace your adventurous side this summer with rock climbing. Lover’s Leap is a popular climbing spot near Strawberry. The Pie Shop — named after an actual pie shop that used to be near the trail — is another destination worth your time to check out. In general, there are a number of routes, which makes it easy to avoid other climbers and go at your own pace. You can also check out Tahoe Via Ferrata, which combines climbing and hiking for a truly new experience.

8. Parasailing.

Parasailing has long been a popular activity in Lake Tahoe, but has increased in recent years as people realize how awesome (and fun) it is. It’s the perfect mix of serenity, adrenaline, and amazing Tahoe views! There are lots of places to go parasailing in Lake Tahoe, including Action Water Sports, Tahoe Sports, and Zephyr Cove. Be sure and give it a try — there’s a reason it’s one of our favorite water activities!

9. Kayaking or paddleboarding.

Paddling is a great workout and a fun way to experience the water! Baldwin Beach and Sand Harbor are great places to try some kayaking or paddleboarding — with rentals right on site! Be sure to check out the Lake Tahoe Water Trail, which includes all sorts of day and overnight trip ideas and tips for exploring the largest alpine lake in North America.

10. Have a picnic.

Is there a better way to spend an afternoon than a fun outdoor picnic? Breathe in the fresh air, soak up the sunshine, and, of course, indulge in delicious foods! Plan a locally-inspired menu with some California wine, brews, cheeses, and more. You can even have Picnic drop off a whole spread of local and organic foods to try! Or, support local and do a carryout order from one of our amazing Lake Tahoe restaurants. Check out Tahoe South’s list of Lake Tahoe restaurants offering pick-up, take-out, and delivery.

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After a long day of fun in South Lake Tahoe, we’ll be here waiting with clean, safe, and sanitary suite-style rooms, friendly staff, and all the amenities you need to make your Tahoe vacation one to remember. What are you waiting for?

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