Take a Scenic, ‘Free’ Trip to Lake Tahoe

February 7, 2012

As the popular saying goes, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”  As any vacationer knows, when it comes to taking the family on a trip, all those lunches – and the rest of the expenses – can get rather pricey.

Emerald Bay in Winter

Good thing when it comes to popular winter destinations such as Lake Tahoe, people can feast their eyes upon the incredible natural beauty at no charge.

While most people do in fact come to the Sierra Nevada to go skiing or snowboarding, the alpine scenery is so soothing and stunning, some just sit back and bask in the mountain glory on the back or front porch.

Another popular activity that doesn’t cost anything is simply taking a walk around town or the lake’s shoreline. Since many beaches are public – and some private ones such as Incline Village are open in the winter – there are plenty of great locations to take a stroll along the water’s edge and take in the postcard views.

With so many fantastic stops along the 72-mile Lake Tahoe loop, another superb idea is a sightseeing trip. Places like Sand Harbor, Zephyr Cove, Camp Richardson, Emerald Bay, and Crystal Bay offer such amazing views, enjoying a day out may be as simple as going for a drive in the car.

The Tahoe Basin also provides many fantastic trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or just a picnic. In the shoulder months or years of low precipitation, many of these trails may also be ideal for hiking and mountain biking. Two popular spots for a little off-road north shore fun are the Mt. Rose Meadows and Brockway Summit.

It is a well-known fact that vacations can get rather expensive. Airfare, rental car, rental property, food, and the price tags that come with all the many activities to entertain the family.

Good thing there are places like Lake Tahoe where visitors don’t have to pay anything to feast their eyes upon the incredible natural beauty.

As the popular saying goes, “Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.”

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Vacationers Still Flocking to Tahoe

September 13, 2011

Despite no summer break or snow on the ground, visitors are still flocking to Lake Tahoe in greater numbers than Canada geese.

View of Lake Tahoe from high above Incline Village

While afternoon thunderstorms seem to be more frequent, all the amenities that greeted vacationers during the summer are still open and just as fun. And judging by the rather large amount of visitors in and around the area over the weekend, it appears many are still managing to get away for the weekend.

Despite that nice I-80 construction.

Perhaps fall is no longer the quiet time for locals to finally enjoy the Tahoe Basin by themselves. Since it’s still extremely hot throughout most of the country – especially in the West – Tahoe is still the perfect escape. Boating, golf, canoeing, rafting, hiking, biking, and just sipping an afternoon beverage under the towering pines are still fantastic options.

For the rest of September the high daily temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. What that basically means is there is still plenty of time to join all the locals and tourists who are taking advantage of the great weather and all the activities Tahoe has to offer.

In case the busy schedule impeded a summer visit to the Sierra, or the views and laid-back attitude are drawing that mountain-man (and woman) soul back, it’s not too late to squeeze in another vacation before the temperatures drop and the interest switches to skiing and snowboarding.

And the Canada geese again flock to the vacant beaches and golf courses.

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