North Lake Tahoe Summers

Relax and soak up all that the picturesque region has to offer

With an average temperature of 80 degrees in July and August, there is no better summer playground than North Lake Tahoe. The region encompasses some of the most photogenic country in the United States and if you plan to fly into the area, it is only 37 miles from Reno, Nevada. The second closest large airport is in Sacramento, California, 121 miles away.

Photo courtesy of North Lake Tahoe. [Jeff Dow]

Lake Tahoe is the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevadas and it is located on the state line between California and Nevada. Only the five Great Lakes contain more water by volume than Lake Tahoe and it’s the second deepest lake in the United States behind Oregon’s Crater Lake.

Beach Life

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One cannot visit North Lake Tahoe without spending time on the beach, after all, that’s what lake life is all about. There are more than 40 public beaches in the Tahoe Public Beaches guide. In the guide, you’ll find hours, parking, amenities and more. Perhaps you are bringing Fido on your vacation and are looking for pet-friendly beaches? Patton Beach, near Garwoods Grill & Pier, is dog-friendly and easily accessible. 

If you’d like a more secluded beach, consider hiking to the east shore of Skunk Harbor or Chimney Beach. The white sand along these beaches is well worth the effort. 

The view from any beach along Lake Tahoe is the best part of visiting. Snow-capped peaks soar into blue skies, making this a magical place to experience in the summertime. 

Music at the Lake

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Summer means that the shores of North Lake Tahoe are alive with music. You can find a full lineup of musical events at the lake here. Many of these concerts are free which means that adding them to your North Lake Tahoe itinerary is easy.

Kings Beach offers Friday night Music on the Beach, a series that boasts a lakeside setting. If it’s hot, cool off in the water between sets or get comfortable and enjoy the band. Bands include everything from funk groups to regional favorites.

Concerts at Common Beach take place on the other side of North Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City. This family-friendly, sandy beach features a playground and lake vistas. Hot Buttered Rum will share their bluegrass notes with audiences as will other of toe-tapping musicians such as Orgone and Dead Winter Carpenters.  

Festival Fun at the Lake

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Lake Tahoe is the perfect festival setting and Wanderlust has been coming here for a number of years. Held at Squaw Valley on July 18-21, this event crosses the country each summer.

The festival has set the bar for wellness events, providing participants with yoga classes, meditation, musical performances, celebrity chefs and so much more. It’s an immersion into a healthier life and there’s no better place to start living a better version of you than in North Lake Tahoe. 

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