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summer in south lake tahoe

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summer in south lake tahoe

i'll be vacationing/honeymooning in june at tahoe. this will be our first trip to this area and don't know anything about it except what i've read on the internet. sounds divine - can't wait to get there! we are in our mid 20's and would like to do a lot of sightseeing? any suggestions for the best places to see and do? thinking about the balloon ride over lake. pricey but sounds like it would be worh the $. also would like to travel and sightsee sacremento and possibly sf. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks

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1. Re: summer in south lake tahoe

Live near Sacramento and don't think you should leave LT to sight see in Sacto. I have vacationed in LT every single summer of my life so I have a few places for you to visit.

Make sure you take a lake tour either on the Dixie Queen or other boat out of south shore. Make sure the trip goes to Emerald Bay.

Drive to Emerald Bay. Look for the Bayview camp ground sign. Drive to the end of the campground and find a place to park. Take the trailhead to Cascade Falls. Fairly easy hike with amazing views of LT and Cascade Lake on the way if you get winded.

The hike to Angora Lake is pretty easy. Once there you can rent a row boat if you like. You should make sure you get the lemonade when you get there. (They are famous for this).

Take the new gondola up to the top for great views of the lake. Take a picnic lunch.

Beaches worth a look: Zypher Cove, Sand Harbor, Camp Richardson, DL Bliss

Ronatic restaurants; Evans, Cafe Fiore

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2. Re: summer in south lake tahoe

I live in Incline Village on the north shore of the lake. If you want to splurge, stay at the Hyatt there. They have a beautiful beach and they just upgraded their rooms and pool. Great spa as well. It's quiet, though. Not the action of south shore. Make sure to rent a car, the drive around the lake is gorgeous. The beaches on the east side are beautiful, especially Sand Harbor. The south shore has many casinos, if you like that sort of thing. The water at that end isn't as pristine, either. Personally, I think that the south shore is the least attractive area and doesn't do Lake Tahoe justice! Look into the Zepher Cove area if you want to be close to the south shore, but you are away from the ugly high rise casino area.

If the Hyatt is too expensive, I'd look into smaller hotels on the north and west shores. Many are rustic. Try to get something on the lake, its just so beautiful. Sunnyside lodge on the west shore is supposed to be nice. Its close to Tahoe City.

June is a great time to go. The crowds don't usually arrive until July 4th. The water will be cold, but if the day is hot enough, you may find yourself taking a dip. Bring warm clothing for evenings, as they can be cool.

SF is a 3 hour drive away, so if you plan to go, you'd want to stay a few days.

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