Lake Tahoe is a crown jewel of the Sierra. Formed approximately two million years ago, it’s the largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest in the United States. North Lake Tahoe features:
- Incredibly scenery spanning two states
- Two dozen beaches
- 12 ski resorts
- Hundreds of miles of mountain biking trails
- Half a dozen communities
- Growing number of nationally recognized human-powered events, festivals and races — including the Blueprint for Athletes Tahoe Trail MTB
Check the list below for all the things to see, hear, do and explore during your visit.
Whether you pedal, paddle or hike, the watering hole at the end of a long day exploring is the incentive that pushes many adventurers through that last mile. The innovative North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail Campaign offers the perfect pairing of singletrack and suds or paddling and pints. Boasting an interactive online map and video series, visitors and locals are inspired to experience new trails and tours, followed by a drink at one of the north shore’s favorite summer après destinations. The campaign highlights North Tahoe’s burgeoning craft beer scene along with its world-class hiking, mountain biking, road cycling and kayaking options.
The North Lake Tahoe summer season is in full swing after the wettest winter on record, resulting in an abundance of wildflowers, year-round skiing and lake levels that exceed Lake Tahoe’s natural rim by multiple feet. Water recreationists will surely enjoy the extra 750 billion gallons of water in the lake this year. Locals abide by the saying, “We came for the winter, but stayed permanently because of summer.” The sentiment rings true for many return visitors as well, and for the newbies there has truly never been a better time to experience the north shore.
North Lake Tahoe’s summer-long music series, High Notes, brings music outdoors with live performances every night of the week. A full lineup of free music, national headliners, multi-day festivals and signature events await locals and visitors alike. Enjoy well-known artists and discover new talent while looking out over the shores of Lake Tahoe under the alpenglow of surrounding mountain peaks or at legendary showrooms and intimate pubs. Whether it’s lively bluegrass, late-night DJs, or blues and funk you’re in search of, North Lake Tahoe is your destination for incredible entertainment at world-class venues.
This summer in North Lake Tahoe is packed with can’t miss festivals and events offering culture, music, dance, art and so much more. May through October, enjoy everything from week-long celebrations of life in the mountains and human-powered sports, to summer-long theater and world-renowned yoga and wellness retreats. Whether you’re a foodie, family, artist, athlete, or dog and wine lover, there’s something for you here.