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5 reasons to visit South Lake Tahoe in August

August is a fantastic time to visit South Lake Tahoe, where the beautiful landscape and countless outdoor activities come together to create an unforgettable experience. Not only that, but with the US schools going back, rates are cheaper, and queues are shorter! Here are 5 reasons to book a late August holiday to South Lake Tahoe. 

1. Back to school for some

The school summer holidays in California and Nevada finish in the middle of August meaning that the domestic travel is quieter towards the end of August. So there is no need to pre-book activities or stand in queues for lunch stops, with a quieter atmosphere, there is plenty of room to be a little more spontaneous!

It’s easier to access popular spots, whilst the quieter atmosphere will also make for a more enjoyable overall experience. For instance, taking a scenic gondola ride at Heavenly Mountain Resort will be easier, with shorter lines, and you’ll have more time to take in the panoramic views from the observation deck. Similarly, renting a bike and cycling along the South Lake Tahoe Bike Path will be more pleasant, allowing you to fully appreciate the stunning lakefront scenery.

Reduced crowds also mean you can secure reservations more easily at popular restaurants such as Edgewood Restaurant or Jimmy’s at The Landing Resort, where you can enjoy fine dining with spectacular lake views. Attractions like the Tallac Historic Site and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center are also less crowded, making it an ideal time for families and nature enthusiasts to explore and learn about the local history and environment at a leisurely pace.

2. Better rates

Out of the USA peak season also means that there are better accommodation rates up for grabs. A variety of offers can be found on the Visit Lake Tahoe website at: visitlaketahoe.com/special-offers

Lower rates will also mean you can upgrade your experience. Whether it’s staying in a lakeside cabin at the historic Zephyr Cove Resort or indulging in a premium suite with a view at the Landing Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa, the savings allow you to upgrade your stay without breaking the bank. These deals also open up the opportunity for longer stays, giving you more time to explore and enjoy everything South Lake Tahoe has to offer.

3. Robust events schedule

Don’t miss out on the exciting events and festivals that dot the summer calendar, featuring live music, art shows, wine tastings, and more. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and celebrate the season in style. 

Late August is particularly special as it often hosts the “Sample the Sierra” festival to celebrate local food, wine and art from the Sierra Nevada region. Visitors can enjoy farm-to-fork dishes, craft beers and regional wines while mingling with local chefs, artists and farmers. Another highlight is the “Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series”, which offers free live music every Thursday evening at Lakeview Commons, where you can enjoy performances against the backdrop of stunning sunsets over the lake. For those interested in arts and crafts, the “Tahoe Art League’s Artist Studio Tour” provides a unique opportunity to visit the studios of local artists, watch live demonstrations and purchase original artwork directly from the creators.

4. Soak up the sunshine

In August, the snow has melted away, revealing stunning vistas and all the plants that have been patiently waiting for the summer sun. Temperatures sit comfortable around 25+ degrees Celsius – perfect for sun soaking or biking and hiking on the trails.

The long daylight hours also mean you can make the most of your time outdoors, whether that be a scenic hike along the Rubicon Trail or a relaxing day at Pope Beach. Or why not a picnic at Emerald Bay State Park, where you can bask in the sun while taking in breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains?

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5. Embrace the lake

Colder water swimmer or not, South Lake Tahoe’s stunning turquoise waters are a sight to behold. Spend your days doing all sorts of activities on the water like swimming, paddleboarding, or kayaking. For a unique experience, consider renting a boat and cruising along the lake’s pristine waters, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Or, for a bird’s-eye view of the lake and something a little different, try parasailing over the lake and its picturesque shoreline. Late August also offers excellent opportunities for fishing for trout and bass, with various guided fishing tours available. Alternatively, explore hidden coves and secluded beaches by kayak or paddleboard for a more intimate connection with the lake’s natural beauty.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. That’s interesting. We’re thinking of doing a road trip around California in the Autumn. No reason why shouldn’t add in a couple of days around Tahoe as well.

  2. We visited in April for a very enjoyable week though I take your point about August and better deals.

  3. You’ve reminded me that I should do more research before I travel, looking out for art events, live music and festivals etc.

    Too often we’ve been away on holiday only to discover that a great gig is already sold out. It’s silly because nowadays it’s so easy to check things out online and to book tickets too.

  4. For me temps of around 25 C are nigh on perfect. Anything else is getting too warm. Especially if you want to be active with walking and biking.

    With all these global warming temperature spikes early Autumn is beginning to look a better bet for vacationing.

  5. Being empty nesters brings a double whammy. Not only are you freed of having to pay for holidays for your kids you can also go off-peak when it’s so much cheaper. What’s not to like about bargains around Tahoe???

  6. Last time I did a road trip around California I remember seeing some road signs to Lake Tahoe. Good to read this post letting me know that Lake Tahoe’s well worth a visit on my next road trip.

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