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Going to South Lake Tahoe September 2013. What to do?

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Going to South Lake Tahoe September 2013. What to do?

I am planning a trip to South Lake Tahoe probably from Sept 14 - 21, 2013. I will be driving (rental car) from the Reno airport with a stop at Carson City Wal-Mart to pick up groceries and other things. Any comments on the drive from Reno/Carson City/South Lake Tahoe?

I like to drive so going to see places is on my list.

I will be staying at the Tahoe Beach & Ski Club (a timeshare we have).

I have never been to this area so I have a lot of questions.

I will be 71 then and I have degenerative arthritis. I can walk but not far (sometimes use a walker). Anyplace I can rent an electric scooter? My nephew who is coming with me will be 57 and has a bad back. So I am looking for senior citizen type of pursuits that are not too spendy as I am paying for everything on a limited senior citizen budget.

Any comments on the boat cruise? Our timeshare is next door to the Tahoe Queen. Is it boring like I have read?

I'm thinking about taking the gondola ride to Heavenly Mountain as i like to take pictures and I read the view is great from there. Any comments?

Any comments on the train tour? Is it far from S. Lake Tahoe?

We will be going on a tour bus to Yosemite. (I once wanted to be a geologist). I know this isn't enough time to see the entire Yosemite area but I planned a trip there a year ago (May) and snow canceled my plans. So I still want to see Yosemite and a bus tour with someone else driving is best for me especially since the drive down 395 doesn't look very scenic from South Lake Tahoe. Any comments on Yosemite?

Any comments on the buffets in town. I read that Harrah's had a good, but expensive $30 buffet - is it worth it? Not interested in gambling.

We plan on going to the Picchetti Winery Tasting Room. Any comments?

Are there any events going on in September? I would like to avoid excessive crowds so I thought September would be a good month plus the timeshare "Quiet " - least amount of points - season runs from the middle of September to beginning of December (too much snow especially for driving).

Any other comments?

ATLANTA
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11. Re: Going to South Lake Tahoe September 2013. What to do?

You may enjoy a drive around the lake. It takes about 2 hours without stops. I've been there 15 times and, unfortunately, lots of things to see there involves walking. One place you may enjoy is Sugar Pine Point State Park. It has two houses (one with a tour) and the grounds are nice and flat. There are also old cars to see. The gondola ride @ Heavenly will be nice with a nice view.

Kent

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12. Re: Going to South Lake Tahoe September 2013. What to do?

1. My husband is the driver of the Mount Rose Hwy. and takes in everything. We are in no hurry, just drive regular. There are no sheer cliffs where you might feel you'll drop off, it's not a white knuckle like Hwy. 1 in CA along the coast. Roads are wide and it good condition.

2. We stayed at the new Hyatt Place, Reno Airport once. Free pick up and drop off, or if you want to rent your car right away, free parking lot at the hotel. Breakfast provided.

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You can always check out rates at the Peppermill Casino, too. We used to stay there and they have expanded.

Minneapolis, MN
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13. Re: Going to South Lake Tahoe September 2013. What to do?

I found some excellent pictures of the landing at the mid-point for the Heavenly Gondola ride. I can see that it will be very easy for me to do this stop with my limited mobility. I also saw that there is an elevator at the last stop for me to use. So all my fears have been put to rest.

Minneapolis, MN
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14. Re: Going to South Lake Tahoe September 2013. What to do?

I am wondering if there is a difference between the Wal-Mart in Reno versus the Wal-Mart in Carson City? A couple of people have suggested the Reno Wal-Mart over the Carson City Wal-Mart and I am wondering why.

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15. Re: Going to South Lake Tahoe September 2013. What to do?

The Walmart on Damante Ranch Pkwy in Reno is a SuperCenter and is open 24 hours. It is a few miles north of Mt. Rose Highway.

The Walmart in Carson City at 3770 US Highway 395 is also a SuperCenter and is open 24 hours. It is south of Highway 50. It is 25 miles from South Lake Tahoe.

If it is the Pharmacy hours you are concerned about, then I would call them direct.

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