I’ve never been to Lake Tahoe and had no idea what to expect when I went there for Easter weekend. To my surprise, it was picturesque and full of greenery covered in white powder. I have never been so in awe of Mother Nature than right then. For those of you wanting to explore what the United States has to offer, but you don’t have enough time or want to travel too far, I highly suggest taking a weekend to visit Lake Tahoe. It is breathtaking during all times of the year!
I haven’t been to the snow since I was 5-years-old when I lived in Minnesota, so I was ecstatic when I got to play around in the snow. There are several things to do and sights to see, but here is a sample itinerary of what I did for those 48 hours that I was there.
If you have more time to spend here I would suggest doing so, but if you don’t, a weekend will do the trick to feed your wanderlust soul and keep you satisfied for a few months.
Fly in, drive to your desired destination, get settled and enjoy the scenery.
Getting to Tahoe will take a good chunk of time. If you can get a Monday or Friday off I would do so to give yourself ample travel time.
I took a plane ride to Sacramento, CA and then rented a car to drive to South Lake Tahoe. The drive from Sacramento to Tahoe takes about 2and a half to 3 hours.
Once you get to your cabin or hotel, take the time to settle in, get familiar with your surroundings and enjoy the nature.
Ski or snowboard day on Heavenly Mountain
Heavenly Mountain is the place to do any of your snow activities. There are also a bunch of shops and places to eat nearby.
This will most surely take up your day, but if you’re not in the mood to do this I suggest at least traveling to the top to enjoy the scenery.
You can always drive to the Emerald State Park after visiting Heavenly Mountain. The drive and the park will not disappoint.
For dinner I was told of an amazing pizza place there, Base Camp Pizza. I haven’t been there myself, but I know I have to try it next time I go. A lot of people speak highly of this place.
Enjoy a nice lazy brunch or breakfast then head home.
If you do have time before or after your meal I recommend walking along the lake before you head home.
Sundays can be hard to find a place that is open early if you are an early riser. Head towards the shopping village next to Heavenly Mountain and you will find some delicious choices there!
Sometimes it’s not about the quantity of days you spend somewhere, but the quality of time that you spend there. I believe in enjoying your time and appreciating what is right in front of you no matter how short or long the trip is.