The Lake Tahoe area itself is a group of tiny towns around a large, blue lake and there are many ways you can experience small town life while visiting the area. However, on your way to and from Lake Tahoe there are additional small towns scattered around the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Virginia Range that are also worth checking out…especially this fall.
Winter is on its way to the mountains and some of the best ways to stay warm, or get warm after hiking, skiing or boarding, is with a luxurious massage or weekend spa special. Several hotels and spas in the Tahoe area are offering specials this fall and winter that will have you running for your bathrobe.
Many animal loving visitors to the Tahoe area want to bring along their dogs to hike the mountain trails, splash around in the lakes or have a beer or cocktail. Wait…a beer or cocktail? Yes, several Tahoe bars, restaurants and resorts are dog-friendly and even have special treats for your pooch.
If you missed out on the Reno Air Races, get your own birds-eye view from a glider plane run by Soar Truckee, located just north of Northstar. Starting at only $139 for one person, you can soar over the valleys near Truckee and up into the skies above North Lake Tahoe — all without an engine.
It looks like the summer heat will be hanging around the Tahoe area for a few more weeks. Actually, September is one of the best times to jump into the blue waters of the lake: The weather is still warm, the water has been soaking up the sun's rays all summer, and the winds are calm.
Fall is hands-down the best time to visit the Tahoe area. Most of the summer crowds are gone, the winds have calmed down, and the water is actually warmer than it is in July.
For the past few years, my veteran Burning Man camp has played host to several virgin Burners, who usually suffer a few breakdowns here and there before heading out. Their issues are not the heat, the dust or even the nudity: They are thoroughly concerned that they don't know how to act.
After nearly ten years of going to Burning Man, I can admit the desert event is probably one of the most unique places in the world you can visit. After you've experienced it for a week or more, it is difficult to return to the Default World and face being ordinary again.