How to Travel Smart in Lake Tahoe

Many travelers who are “Not in the Know” almost always find their selves stuck in gridlock in Lake Tahoe. Many easily fall trap into time-wasters and fun-busters activities, like queuing in line at popular restaurants. To make the most of your Lake Tahoe trip, here are some smart tricks you need to learn first-hand.   

Be organized

Make an itinerary of your day-to-day activities. Use a map to cover nearby areas or attractions all at the same time. While being spontaneous sounds fun, backtracking around the lake can be a waste of time.

If you want to eat at a popular restaurant or stay at a nice hotel, book everything in advance. Making reservations guarantees that you will receive what you expect at the time and place you planned. It also saves you from the trouble of waiting and being put on a waiting list or, worst-case scenario, needing to transfer to another place.

Travelers also tend to overlook the possibilities of forest fires, especially in the summer. It is best if you check the California Statewide Fire Map before you start your trail or hike. You can also ask your hotel or any tourism-related businesses.

Finally, make sure you also know where to go, how to go there, and where to find cheap deals. Several options will be laid on the table, but picking the cheapest and safest card is the smartest move.

Stay hydrated

If you plan to go on long walks, bring some water with you. Carry some light snacks like biscuits, cookies, or protein bars too. You will not find any stores while hiking on the mountain or trailing on the forest.

Furthermore, it is best if you avoid alcoholic drinks. Their effects tend to be greater at 6,000 feet. You also do not want to ruin your vacation and spend it behind bars. Police authorities are serious in implementing its drunk-driving laws.

Screen Test

Before you go on any activities, determine your sustainability first. Make sure you are familiar and comfortable with what you are dealing with. For instance, the lake’s surface is around 6,225 feet elevation, while the mountains surrounding it are higher. You can search for some high elevation checklists online.

Avoid traffic jams

Lake Tahoe, particularly South Lake Tahoe, can experience heavy traffic congestion at times. Nobody wants to deal with traffic during their vacation, right? You can avoid gridlock by taking advantage of the Blue Tahoe Trolley or Emerald Bay Shuttle.

But if you want to avoid the crowd totally, it is best to visit Lake Tahoe on weekdays during summer. You can go either in June or after Labor’s day. For the winter season, come before Christmas or early spring for some skiing.  

Keep warm

Lake Tahoe can share sunny and wintry conditions within 24 hours. Cold nights are expected even during the summer season. So a warm jacket and a long pair of pants or warmers are pretty handy.  During the winter season, layering is key. It is easier to remove clothes in case the temperature rises than shivering from cold.

Lastly, make sure you pack lots of patience and the spirit of adventure before you embark on your Lake Tahoe journey. Every trip has its ups and downs, and these are good memories and lessons ought to be learned and remembered.

If you want to learn even more, you can check out the Lake Tahoe Travel Guide from U.S. News.


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