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50 Things to Do in Tahoe This Summer

There's probably nothing better than the mountains in summer. The days are hot and sunny and the nights are cool with that perfect temperature for sleeping in a tent. Lake Tahoe really comes alive in the summer months with various outdoor sports and special events. Even though this list could go on ad infinitum, we narrowed it down to the top 50.

1.  Kayak to Fannette Island, hike up to the tea house and jump off the rocks into Emerald Bay

2. Hit a few golf balls into the water at Edgewood and then go snorkeling to find them again

3. Get an all-over tan on the nude beach at Secret Cove.

4. Hike to the top of Mount Tallac for views of Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Lake, Desolation Wilderness and South Lake Tahoe.

5. Bring a picnic and cheer on Puck at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Sand Harbor.

6.  Grab a beer and chat with the locals at the Genoa Bar (Nevada's Oldest Thirst Parlor) in Genoa

7. Hike from Emerald Bay to Lester Beach on the Rubicon Trail

8. Paddleboard from King's Beach to Crystal Bay on the North Shore.

9. Find your balance at the Wanderlust yoga festival at Squaw Valley.

10. Go kayak or boat camping at the Emerald Bay Boat-In Campground

11. Go Euro and get a crepe at Coffeebar in Truckee or a gelato at Where We Met café in Tahoma.

12. Fly along the water on a jet ski from Tahoe Sports

13.  Hike to the top of Mount Rose and a get a view of Reno/Sparks, Carson City, Washoe Valley and all of Lake Tahoe.

14. Hike or mountain bike portions of or the entire 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail

15. Knock back a few Tahoe cocktails: the Wet Woody at Gar Woods, the Summertime Sangria at the Ritz-Carlton at Northstar or the Crystal Bay Cooler at the Lone Eagle Grille at the Hyatt

16.  Tube the Truckee river through downtown Reno

17. Jump off the rocks into the cold, blue water in the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park 

18. Admire some beautiful boats at the Concours d'Elegance

19. Get the beer sampler and a Bad Ass Pizza at the Brewery in South Lake Tahoe. Eat on the outside deck.

20. Take the ferry and then hike the Echo Lakes Trail into Desolation Wilderness

21. Hang glide off the top of Slide Mountain with Thermal Sky Sports

22. After all the hiking and biking, get deep tissue or foot massage at Mountain Lotus Yoga

23. Go shopping in downtown Truckee

24. Jump off the Donner Lake public docks at sunset

25. Kayak from Sand Harbor to the Thunderbird Lodge

26. On a hot day, enjoy the spray from Eagle FallsGlen Alpine Falls and Horsetail Falls

27. Go green and stay at the Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe

28.  Hike along a portion of the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail

29.  Drink wine and play bocce at the Truckee River Winery

30.  Parasail over the North Shore

31. Go backpack camping in Desolation Wilderness

32. Have an evening picnic at Nevada Beach

33. Head down to Reno for Artown

34. Stay at the Camp Richardson Cabins before heading to Baldwin and Kiva beach

35. Go camping at D.L. Bliss State Park

36. Take a sunset sail on the Tahoe Cruz or the Woodwind II

37. Bike from Sugar Pine Point to Tahoe City on the bike path

38.  Pretend you're a viking warrior while touring the Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay

39. Get together 12 of your best friends and stay at the Tahoe Castle

40. Enjoy the sound of the river while drinking a beer at the Bridgetender in Tahoe City

41. Go river rafting on the Truckee in Tahoe City

42. While in Reno, bike along the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway

43.  Get interactive with your kids at the Nevada Discovery Museum in downtown Reno or the KidZone Museum in Truckee

44. Explore the North Shore in a kayak

45. Have a waterfront view while you dine at the Riva Grill or Christy Hill

46. Get high above the lake in a hot air balloon

47. Sleep close to nature in the rustic Clair Tappaan Lodge on Donner Summit

48.  Hike to the top of the paved Stateline Fire Lookout trail with the kids

49.  Chow down on an ice cream cone from the Camp Richardson Resort ice cream parlor

50. Get some great gifts at Gaia-Licious Gifts or Jai Yen Treasures