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5 Things to Do at North Lake Tahoe, ‘America’s Most Beautiful Lake’

May 15, 2013
Lake Tahoe, "America's Most Beautiful Lake," has specials over Memorial Day and through the summer © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Lake Tahoe, “America’s Most Beautiful Lake,” has specials over Memorial Day and through the summer © 2013 Karen Rubin/

North Lake Tahoe has several Memorial Day packages and activities to launch the summer travel season:

  • Cal Neva Resort Casino Hotel is offering a $49 room special for those in our Armed Forces.
  • Tahoma Meadows Bed & Breakfast Cottages is giving guests a $50 voucher to use at Swiss Lakewood when they book three nights in a B&B cottage.

There are scores more of these special deals at

Meanwhile, the scenic destination is recommending five things to do at “America’s Most Beautiful Lake” over Memorial Day Weekend and throughout the summer:

Road Cycle Around Lake Tahoe

“America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride,” the immensely popular summer road bike ride around Lake Tahoe, is already sold out. But cyclists can circumnavigate the lake on their own, and for free, this spring, taking advantage of the spring shoulder season that means less traffic at Lake Tahoe and perfect weather for a long road ride. Hop on the road bike and pedal one of the world’s most scenic bike rides — a ride that gives you an open-air, front-row seat to some of the nation’s most stunning scenery, like the aquamarine waters North Tahoe’s east shore. The 72-mile ride is perfect for strong, recreational cyclists. Cyclists can take it slow by stopping at a lakefront restaurant for lunch or lounging on one of North Tahoe’s beaches as a rest stop.

Paddleboard Through Crystal Clear Waters

North Lake Tahoe’s clear waters are internationally famous, but most visitors experience Big Blue during the height of summer, when the lake’s clarity is not at its apex. In spring and early summer, North Tahoe still retains much of the winter’s stunning, gin-clear clarity, while the warming weather makes it comfortable for a lengthy paddle. Remember North Tahoe’s waters are still very cold, and only confident paddlers should venture well out into the lake. But even novice paddle boarders can hug the shoreline, and enjoy a paddle backdropped by snowcapped peaks, over shimmering, translucent waters.

Mountain Bike Dust-Free

Spring and early summer is the secret mountain bike season in North Tahoe. The trails are dust-free and grippy, and the meadows are lit up in iridescent green. While much of the Tahoe Rim Trail might still be under snow, low-elevation trails and south and west facing trails are primed for mountain biking. The world-class Flume Trail on North Tahoe’s east shore is melted out, and trails around Truckee, like the Emigrant Trail, are primed for early season riding.

Golf Under Snowcapped Peaks

Most of North Tahoe and Truckee’s many golf courses are open for business, and in immaculate shape after a very forgiving winter. Sunny skies and snowcapped peaks make a perfect backdrop for an early summer round of golf at North Lake Tahoe courses. Enjoy the thinner crowds and greener fairways before summer’s high season ramps up.

Fly Fish the Truckee or Troll for Monster Macks in North Tahoe, Donner or Stampede

River, stream or lake — the North Tahoe area has enough fishing options to last a lifetime. Stream fishing season is now in full effect, and a day spent reeling in rainbows and browns on a tranquil section of the Truckee River is an unforgettable mountain experience. The Truckee River offers it all — slow water between Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows, and a wild trout fishery below Truckee that harbors large, wild Rainbows and Browns. Or fish for the big boys, by trolling the waters of North Tahoe, Donner Lake or Stampede Reservoir for hungry Mackinaw that can grow up to 30 pounds.

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