Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Lake Tahoe

The best times to visit Lake Tahoe are from March to May and from September to November, but the area welcomes visitors throughout the year thanks to the wide variety of attractions and activities. With warmer weather comes beachcombers: In July and August, Tahoe's shores are lined with oversized umbrellas and sun-drenched kids. There's a small break in tourist activity during the fall, but as the temperatures decline, visitors re-emerge with skis in hand, ready to tackle the powder. Traveling in March or November specifically will allow you to experience the area at a fraction of the price.

Weather in Lake Tahoe

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Average Temperature (°F)
43
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44
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49
23
54
27
64
32
72
37
81
41
80
40
74
35
63
28
51
22
43
17
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Average Precipitation (in)
2.67
2.73
2.87
1.04
1.07
0.59
0.43
0.43
0.68
1.8
3.24
2.93
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

With temperatures steadily on the rise (from the high 40s to the low 60s), spring marks Lake Tahoe's transition from skiing mecca to beach destination. During this in-between time, crowds are fewer and prices are lower. Plus, you might be lucky enough to catch a few lingering snowflakes still on the slopes.

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June-August

Summer is the most popular time to visit Lake Tahoe. Thanks to temperatures in the high 70s, the trails are ready to be hiked, the beaches are ready to be dozed upon and the lake is ready to be paddled. Prepare yourself for large crowds and soaring prices on any given weekend (you might save some money by traveling during the week). Make sure you book at least three months in advance to ensure availability.

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