Spring is one of our favorite times of year in Tahoe. As the snow melts from the winter and spring storms and the flowers start to bloom, we all get excited to head to the garage to dust off our spring gear. Or, for those that visit our area, it’s time to sign up for some fantastic spring activities and adventures.
Clear Kayaking on Big Blue
Photo: Wild Society
Lake Tahoe is known for its clear, blue water. Head to Wild Society in Kings Beach to rent one of their single or tandem transparent kayaks for a memorable view of the lake like no other. Head out on Lake Tahoe with your closest friends for a 1, 2 or 3 hour rental or head out solo on a single kayak or SUP. Or, for a very cool and truly unique night time experience, book their “Lit Up After Dark Tour” where each of the kayaks is equipped with a lighting system allowing you to see up to 20 feet down.
Sail on Lake Tahoe
Photo: Tahoe Sailing Charters
For locals and visitors alike, nothing beats getting out in the middle of Lake Tahoe on a beautiful spring day. With multiple departures from Tahoe City each day, Tahoe Sailing Charters offers a relaxing and fun way to take in the breathtaking views of North Lake Tahoe from the middle of the lake on a 50’ sailboat. Book a calm and serene morning cruise, an afternoon cruise with the sun high overhead or a sunset cruise to watch the alpenglow over the mountains with a drink in hand.
Biking and Hiking at North Lake Tahoe’s Ski Resorts
Photo: Palisades Tahoe
Did you know Northstar California offers the only lift assisted biking in the region? Whether you want to learn how to downhill bike on a full-suspension bike or just want to cruise around on a cross-country trail bike, they have the rentals for you to have a day of fun. After you get your rental bike, you can choose to pedal to Northstar’s bike park, singletrack trails or just cruise around the village and surrounding areas. More interested in the views than the workout? They also rent EBikes for the trail or paved paths.
Want to lace up your hiking boots instead? Skip the bikes completely, and head out on the hiking trails around Palisades Tahoe. A local favorite in the springtime is the Shirley Canyon Trail with gorgeous views of the waterfalls and rushing water along the way to Shirley Lake. Or download their hiking trail map to choose your own hiking adventure! Don’t forget to swing by the outdoor decks at Rocker for their famous nachos or Auld Dubliner for some Irish pints in the Village when you’re done.
Outdoor Dining Done Right
Photo: Sunnyside Lodge
One of the best ways to end a spring day is on one of our region’s outdoor decks for one drink or a whole meal. Snag one of Jake’s on the Lake outdoor tables for some of the best restaurant views of Lake Tahoe, especially at sunset. Stop in on a Thursday night for Aloha Thursday’s all night happy hour and a Hawaiian inspired menu special or on Friday nights for live music.
Another local’s favorite is the deck at Sunnyside. Just 5 minutes down the west shore from Tahoe City, enjoy the fried zucchini, a cold beer and unsurpassed views of Lake Tahoe. Relax, unwind and make plans with your loved ones for your next adventure-filled Tahoe spring day.