If you’re thinking about heading to Lake Tahoe in the fall, you’re in for a real treat. This is the time when Mother Nature paints the town red (and orange and gold), and the summer crowds start to thin out. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about the top ten things you can’t miss when visiting Lake Tahoe during the fall season. Get ready for a cozy, colorful adventure!
1. Take in the Fall Foliage:
Let’s start with the obvious – the fall colors in Lake Tahoe are absolutely breathtaking. You can’t miss taking a drive or a hike to see those vibrant leaves turning all shades of autumn. It’s like stepping into a postcard. One of the best spots around the lake is Hope Valley. Make sure to check out the newly renovated Desolation Hotel. It is a perfect combination of Wilderness and luxury!
2. Go for a Scenic Hike:
The cooler weather makes hiking in Lake Tahoe an absolute delight. Whether you’re exploring Taylor Creek, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, or the Tahoe Rim Trail, you’ll be treated to stunning views and crisp, fresh air.
3. Cruise the Lake:
Why not see those fall colors from a different perspective? Hop on a boat cruise and let the scenic beauty of the lake and the changing leaves take your breath away. LakeTahoe.com did a great review of the top ten boat cruises on the lake, check it out: Top 10 Best Lake Tahoe Boat Tours.
4. Visit Emerald Bay State Park:
Emerald Bay is always a stunner, but in the fall, it’s next level. Take a hike down to Vikingsholm and immerse yourself in the charm of this Scandinavian-style castle by the bay.
5. Enjoy a Bike Ride:
6. Taste Local Ciders and Wines:
It’s fall, which means apples and grapes are in season. Head to a local orchard or winery to sip on some delicious apple cider or wine while soaking in those fall vibes.
7. Attend Fall Festivals:
Lake Tahoe knows how to do fall right. Check out local festivals like Oktoberfest celebrations, pumpkin patches, and holiday fairs for some good old-fashioned autumn fun. The annual Valhalla Holiday Faire is one that you don’t want to miss.
8. Wildlife Watching:
Fall is the time when critters start getting active. Keep your eyes peeled for black bears, mule deer, and all sorts of birds enjoying the season. Taylor Creek is an annual must-do for seeing the spawning Kokanee salmon and black bears trying to fatten up for hibernation.
9. Relax by the Fire:
As the evenings get cooler, there’s nothing like cozying up by the fire. Artemis Lakefront Cafe, Tahoe Coldwater Brewery & Grill, and Azul Latin Kitchen are just a few of the outdoor spots you can cozy up to and unwind.
10. Spa and Wellness Retreats:
If you’re in the mood for some serious relaxation, treat yourself to a spa day at one of Lake Tahoe’s wellness retreats. Massages and hot tubs in a serene fall setting? Yes, please! Tahoe.com has a great review of the top spas around the lake here: 10 Exceptional Spas in Lake Tahoe.
So, there you have it – the top ten things to do in Lake Tahoe during the fall. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or just looking to chill by the fire with a hot beverage, Lake Tahoe in the fall does not disappoint. Don’t miss out on this cozy, colorful season in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Happy fall travels!