Arguably one of the most beautiful locations in California, if not the United States, Tahoe City is the perfect place to spend a weekend, any time of year. With summer activities like kayaking and hiking, along with skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, Tahoe City the ideal location for adventures of all kinds. Set on Lake Tahoe, this destination combines local charm with tourism amenities, making it perfect for a weekend away!
1. Mountain Biking
At the adventure capital of California, you cannot pass up the opportunity to go cross-country mountain biking while in Tahoe City! There is no need to bring your own bike, as the Tahoe Adventure Company has you covered with rentals for bikes, helmets, and any equipment you may need. Spend anywhere from an hour, half a day, to a full day on the trails where you will ride your way through trees with lake views and across endless trails Tahoe City has to offer.
Tahoe Adventure Company: Mountain Biking
Address: Tahoe XC / Tahoe City Nordic Center, 925 Country Club Drive, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Website: Tahoe Adventure Company
2. Kayaking and Hiking Day Adventure
Do a two-in-one adventure tour with a combination of kayaking and hiking offered by the Tahoe Adventure Company. This 10:00 am to 3:00 pm adventure is suitable for people of all fitness levels with 2-10 miles of hiking and 2-3 miles of kayaking. This tour includes all the gear, a knowledgeable guide, entrance fees, snacks, drinks and a lunch, meaning all you need to do is show up! At $125, this adventure is well-worth the price.
Tahoe Adventure Company: Kayaking and Hiking Day Adventure
Address: 7010 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148
Website: Tahoe Adventure Company
3. Zip through the trees at Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park
Spend an afternoon up in the trees where you can swing, climb and zip your way across the treetops from platform to platform. With more than seventy tree platforms, this adventure park is certain to impress you with its variety of attractions including rope swings, climbing walls, cargo nets and tightropes among others. Not for the faint of heart, this two and a half hour adventure will test your confidence and give you plenty of fun. Grab a pair of tennis shoes, comfortable athletic clothing, and a smile and you will be ready to go!
Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park
Address: 39.1554980, -120.1559610 (Located behind Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City)
Website: Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park
4. Try a stand-up paddleboard
As an inexpensive way to adventure and spend some time on the water, paddleboarding is one of the best ways to spend a hot summer day. Rent a board at Tahoe City Kayak because they offer rentals off a pier, ensuring you do not have to carry the heavy board anywhere but directly into the water! Each rental includes your choice of paddleboard style and a paddle. Be sure to book online before going to make certain a board will be there waiting for you. Spend a full day on the lake for $75, a half day for $50 or an hour for $25.
Tahoe City Kayak: Paddleboard
Address: 521 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Website: Tahoe City Kayak
5. Twilight round of golf
Spend an evening on the Tahoe City Golf Course with a twilight round of golf, starting daily at 4 pm. With beautiful views of the surrounding scenery, an evening on the course will be as relaxing as it is enjoyable. You can choose between a quick round with 9 holes, or spend your entire evening on the course with 18 holes. Go alone or bring some friends - the 30 USD fee comes with unlimited time on the course, which means more than enough time to make it through all 18 holes.
Tahoe City Golf Course
Address: 251 N. Lake Blvd. Tahoe City, CA, 96162
Website: Tahoe City Golf Course
6. Hike Eagle Falls Trail
As it is one of the most popular hiking trails in Tahoe City, make sure to make it to the entrance of Eagle Falls Trail early to beat the crowds, grab a parking spot and enjoy the views! A relatively easy hike, Eagle Falls does not disappoint on the scenery, with bright green forest, marked paths, rocky bluffs, and cascading water running towards the lake. Rated one of the must-do activities in Tahoe City, a summer weekend is not complete without a trek along Eagle Falls Trail.
Eagle Falls Trail
Address: Highway 89, Tahoe City, CA 96150
Website: Eagle Falls Trail
7. Take a stroll along Commons Beach Park
Once you have had dinner and the sun slowly starts to set, make your way to Commons Beach Park for an evening stroll. A relatively small beach, it is perfect for a relaxing evening, a small picnic or grab a spot to read your favorite book. There is plenty of room for everyone, with a playground for children and water access for paddleboarding or kayaking. Whatever activity you plan to do on the beach, it is the best place to see the sunset, providing exactly what people come to Tahoe City for: beautiful, natural scenery.
Commons Beach Park
Address: 400 North Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Website: Commons Beach Park
8. Don't forget about Tahoe City in the winter: Tahoe City Winter Sports Park
Tahoe City is not just a great place to get away for a summer weekend, it is an all-season city! With plenty of mountains to ski on, snowshoeing trails, tobogganing hills and skating rinks, you will never be bored in Tahoe City. Plus, you can do all of these activities in a single location at Tahoe City Winter Sports Park. Whether you go with a season pass or a day pass, you will not run out of activities to do while you are there, making the price not just fair but inexpensive for how much you gain access to! Pick up the Sports Park Season Fun Pass (rink fee, sledding hill with disc, ski trail fee) for just $95, while is valid for the entire season, or stick to an ice-skating package (rental and rink access) for just $15!
Tahoe City Winter Sports Park
Address: 251 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA, 96145
Website: Tahoe City Winter Sports Park
9. Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
You cannot go to Tahoe City in the winter without hitting up some of the local ski hills. The best of them all is arguable Alpine Meadows, ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. This resort boasts fantastic views of the surrounding area including Lake Tahoe, an unusually long season, great snow, and smooth lifts. Book your pass for the day or the season, either way you know it will be worth it on your first ride down.
Address: 2600 Alpine Meadows Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96146-9854
Website: Alpine Meadows
An Adventurer's Haven
It does not matter if Tahoe City is covered in a few feet of snow, or is in the middle of a heat wave, there is always something to do. This adventure town is perfect for a trip filled with activity, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Make Tahoe City your next destination and enjoy any of these amazing activities!
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