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Discover Tahoe’s Backyard: What to Do in Sierra & Plumas Counties

Plumas-Sierra Lakes

Summer at Lake Tahoe is stunning, but Big Blue can sure get crowded. Head just an hour north of Interstate 80 into Tahoe’s “backyard” and visit the alpine lakes, lodges, breweries, and bars of Plumas and Sierra Counties.

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.

10 New Summer Activities to Try in Tahoe

Summer activities are in full swing at Lake Tahoe and they range from drive-in movies by the lake and interactive art in the forest to flying through the air with your best friends.

10 Must-Do Summer Hikes in Tahoe

With its strong Sierra sun, enticing shoreline, and stunning natural beauty, Lake Tahoe just may embody the perfect locale for a summer mountain getaway. Whether you're looking for a picturesque beach from which to take a swim or paddle, a secluded cove for some clothing optional bathing, or a panoramic trail that is sure to get the heart rate going, Lake Tahoe has you covered this summer.

From Hiking to Paddling, 5 Must-Do Tahoe Adventures

With so much to see and do in Lake Tahoe, sometimes it's nice to have a few go-to adventures that everyone in your group will really enjoy. Here is our list of easy, beautiful, and fun outdoor adventures in Tahoe. 

Playtime in Reno: Where to Climb, Bike, and Shop in the City

Whitney Peak Reno

Playing in Reno used to mean hitting some of the gaming tables or pulling a few slot handles, but now, hanging out in the Biggest Little City can mean jumping on giant trampolines, hunting for vintage clothing, and braving the world’s tallest climbing wall while dangling over the Reno Arch. Here's where to climb, bike, and shop on your next trip to Nevada. 

Take to the Skies with Stargazing in Tahoe

This summer, stargazers are invited to experience the night sky with Tahoe Star Tours at the new mountainside viewing venue at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. On the open meadow in The Backyard of the resort, guests will learn about the night sky and have the opportunity to view various constellations and intergalactic objects through high-powered Celestron telescopes with personalized service offered by The Ritz-Carlton staff.

Hike in Lake Tahoe This Weekend

As San Franciscans, we've all been to Tahoe—skiing in the winter, Truckee River in the summer, and all kinds of adventures in between. As the snow melts and more trails open up, it’s the perfect time to pack the car, head east, and do some hiking around our favorite crystal blue lake.

Gastronomes Hit the Jackpot in Reno

Reno Provisions Lunch

There are many things you may not know about the Biggest Little City. For one, the locavore and microfarming philosophies championed in the Bay Area have reached this mountain town, where sushi lunches, food trucks (and bikes!), and curry and basil ice cream are now a thing. Here are the best places to chow down in Reno.

Road Trip! 5 Spring Mountain Destinations in Driving Distance of SF

Mammoth Spring Skiing - San Francisco Escape

Spring Break is typically celebrated on the beach, but these five mountain locations less than 350 miles from San Francisco can give you a unique spring trip experience. Whether you want to do some spring skiing, drink and dine, hike and bike or mellow out in a hot spring, these mountain destinations are close to home.

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