No other lake is quite as alluring as Lake Tahoe. Located in the Sierra Nevada, it boasts gorgeous surrounding views and plenty to do. A few of the fun things to do at Lake Tahoe include:
- Go on a sightseeing tour or a dinner cruise
- Take to the trails on horseback
- Soak up the sun on the beach
- Participate in some water sports
- Dine in an upscale restaurant
- And much more!
There’s no doubt that there are plenty of opportunities for you and your family to relax and have fun, but some of the responsibility lies with you. Your trip will only be as fun and relaxing as you make it!
Whether you have been to Lake Tahoe before, or you’re planning your first visit, these tips will ensure your trip is a success.
Know Where You’re Going
If you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, it’s important to know where you’re going. Even if you have been there before, you can still get lost!
A GPS system is a must for finding your hotel and area attractions, but an interactive map can help too. You can use it to map out your adventures. That way, you aren’t wasting time in the car driving back and forth between various destinations.
Remember That the Lake Is Located in the Mountains
One of the most appealing features of the lake is the fact that it is located in the mountains. That provides visitors with gorgeous vistas and pictures that look like postcards. However, the mountain setting means more than just a beautiful view.
The lake is located over 6,000 feet above sea level, which means your body is going to be affected. High altitudes affect your body in ways that include:
- Heart rate and respiratory rate can increase
- An increase in the amount of red blood cells
- Low humidity, dry air, and an increased respiratory rate can cause dehydration
- Blood flow to the brain, heart, and lungs is increased
Some people experience physical symptoms, like nausea and nose bleeds. Fortunately, as your body adjusts, symptoms are likely to subside.
Don’t forget that the effects of alcohol are greater in the mountains! Less drink goes a lot further, so plan accordingly, which includes making sure you have a designated driver if you do decide to drink.
Pack for Chilly Temperatures
When you imagine a lake vacation, you probably think about packing tank tops, shorts, and swimming suits. It’s true that it can get quite warm during the afternoon, but when the sun goes down, things can get chilly fast.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you’re visiting the lake, you should always bring some warmer clothes. That includes at least one sweatshirt and a pair of pants. A throw blanket is nice to have too, especially if you have a deck or will be spending time on the sand in the evening.
Keep an Eye on Forest Fires
Forest fires in California and Nevada are a big deal. It is important to follow all wildfire safety tips to make sure you don’t contribute to the problem.
Unfortunately, a forest fire can completely ruin your vacation. Things change quickly, so simply keeping an eye on the news or checking online usually isn’t enough. Before you head out the door, call your hotel and ask them if any fires are likely to affect your stay. They will have the most up-to-date information.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
It is always important to protect your skin, but it is especially important at higher altitudes because there is less of the earth’s atmosphere to protect you from the rays of the sun.
You probably know to wear sunscreen, but do you know the right way to wear it? In order for sunscreen to be effective, you should apply it 30 minutes before you head out into the sun. It should still be applied on overcast days, because you can still get burnt, and it should be applied at least every 2 hours.
There are many other sunburn prevention tips you can follow that include:
- Wear a wide brimmed hat
- Wear protective clothing
- Wear UV blocking sunglasses
- Stay in the shade between 10:00am and 4:00pm
No other experience compares to a vacation at Lake Tahoe. Make sure your trip is positive in every way by planning your activities and accommodations carefully, but don’t forget about the tips on this list. These are the tips that are easy to overlook, but they can make or break your vacation!