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Autumn vacations in Lake Tahoe

The days become shorter and shorter as the sun drops over the lake. The air gains a crisp sensation and the throngs of summer visitors head home. The waters revert to a calm, serene beauty, and the trails return to peaceful, natural wonders. The trees showcase an oasis of red, gold and orange set against the incomparable emerald-blue color of Lake Tahoe. Autumn at Lake Tahoe affords visitors a charming holiday retreat.

Several trails offer breathtaking views of fall foliage and create ideal photo opportunities. A few trails to hike: Page Meadows outside Tahoe City, Meeks Bay Trail just north of Emerald Bay on the west shore, Five Lakes Trail in Alpine Meadows and Ellis Peak Trail in the west shore’s Blackwood Canyon. The paved bike path along the Truckee River from Olympic Valley to Tahoe City delivers an equally magical view.

Considered the off-season, Lake Tahoe jam packs events into the autumn months. The premier fall event, The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, celebrates culinary delights in the Lake Tahoe area. Other notable events to check out: The Art Bark Festival for pet lovers, the Great Pumpkin Carnival, Tahoe City’s Harvest Festival and Oktoberfest. For outdoor adventurers, the Lake Tahoe Triathlon, Tahoe Rim Trail Hike-a-Thon and the Lake Tahoe Marathon tests athletic prowess.

After summer’s gone but before the snow flies, Lake Tahoe extends several activities to enjoy. A few entertaining outings in Lake Tahoe: hiking, fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, biking, golf and tennis. Lake Tahoe’s south shore offers tourists the glitz of casinos and headlining entertainment. A cruise on the lake provides stunning views and exquisite scenery. The possibilities abound when it comes to activities at Lake Tahoe, there’s something for everyone!

Autumn weather at Lake Tahoe is spectacular. High temperatures reach between 50-70 degrees and lows dip into the 30’s. September high temperatures average about 65 degrees, while October temperatures drop by 10 degrees. Expect light snowfall through October, not enough to ski or snowboard. Light dustings start in late September or early October. Generally, ski season begins in late November. Most resorts like to open for the Thanksgiving Holidays. Remember the weather at Lake Tahoe changes on a dime so watch weather forecasts and the sky.

Lake Tahoe offers guests the opportunity to escape on a few quick day trips. Reno, a 45-60 minute drive, provides the closest airport. Carson City lies just under an hour to the east, and Sacramento sits about two hours to the west. A little farther away, Lodi, CA home to several California wineries. Yosemite National Park rests three to four hours south of Lake Tahoe. Before traveling, check road conditions and the weather forecast.