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Tahoe is a beautiful place to be in the fall with the changing leaves, crisp air and sunny blue skies set against the gorgeous autumn colors. It’s also the perfect time of year to get outside with the whole family. From hiking the trails to boating across Lake Tahoe to taking everything in from high above it all, the whole gang will be exhilarated by all this area has to offer as the weather cools and the colors change. We’ve put together a list of the best activities for families to get you started on your fall Tahoe adventure.


Soar to Higher Elevations

Photo: Tahoe Helicopters

We all know Tahoe is known for its beautiful fall colors along the miles of trails. But, why not take it all in from a new perspective? Tahoe Helicopters offers tours year-round and fall is an especially gorgeous time to head up to do some elevated leaf peeping. They offer several tours including a 45-minute tour that circles Lake Tahoe or a quick 10-minute tour to see the yellow trees set against the blue/green water in Emerald Bay. Take your family’s leaf peeping to new heights this fall!


Take a Hike

One of our favorite family activities to enjoy is a fall hike. The weather is perfect for some exercise while taking in the views of the crystal blue water and fall colors. Our first pick is Eagle Rock Trail located between Tahoe City and Homewood on Lake Tahoe’s west shore. At an average of a half hour to complete and a length just under a mile, this is the perfect hike to do with your little ones. The gorgeous views are worth the short trek.

Make your way to Incline Village on the Nevada side of the lake for our next family friendly hike with a view, Monkey Rock. The trail is short at just 2.5 miles, but it is considered moderately challenging so older kids might enjoy this most. Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with views of the adorable Monkey Rock set against the gorgeous lake below.

Both trails allow dogs on leashes so bring your four-legged family members along for the fun!


Experience the Lake by Boat

Photo: Tahoe Sailing Charters

Fall might just be the perfect time of year to get out on Lake Tahoe. Get your family out to enjoy it on one of the area’s boat tour offerings. Both Tahoe Gal and Tahoe Sailing Charters offer memorable and picturesque boat tours. For a family of history buffs, we’d suggest choosing the 3.5 hour lunch cruise to Emerald Bay on the iconic Tahoe Gal. You’ll get to see both the historic Ehrman Mansion and the Vikingsholm Castle as the captain narrates along the way. For those that like to sit back and cruise, we recommend a sailing cruise with Tahoe Sailing Charters. Whether you book a private charter for your crew or join one of their daily 2-hour cruises, you’ll be sure to see smiles on everyone’s faces as you sail across the water with the wind in your hair.

Yes, Tahoe is famous for summers on the water and winter on the slopes, but have you ever visited us in the fall? Read on for our favorite things about Tahoe in the fall, and make sure to plan your getaway soon! Fall is wonderful and fleeting at our high mountain lake.


Less Crowded

It’s no surprise that the crowds start to dwindle after Labor Day – with kids going back to school (however that looks these days) and summer vacations ending, the beaches and trails begin to feel emptier. With warm weather often lasting into October, you can still enjoy the picturesque Tahoe shores and sights, and you’ll have fewer crowds to compete with for the best spots. Bonus – the water in the lake is the warmest it will be right now!


Better Rates

It’s officially the low season! Many of our rentals have much lower rates after Labor Day, making it the perfect time to take advantage of all those vacation hours you have to use up before the end of the year. For even more savings, head up for a mid-week getaway – we have rates as low as $125/night. Check it out here.


Cooler Weather

Perfect for Daytime Adventures

Temperatures average in the 60’s in October, and with generally sunny skies it makes for perfect hiking and biking weather. Even though it’s cooler, don’t forget to wear sunscreen and pack plenty of water. You can still get sunburned and dehydrated more quickly at altitude.


Final Days on the Water

Most of the boating traffic has died down, but there are still plenty of beautiful days to get out on the water. Our friends at Lake Tahoe Boat Rides have plenty of rental options, from speed boats to party boats and even a private yacht charter. There truly is nothing like enjoying Tahoe out on the water. Make sure to check the weather often, as wind and waves can come up quickly on the lake.


Fall Colors

There is just something about the trees turning yellow orange that makes everyone want a cozy cup of apple cider and a warm fire. While we may not get the stunning array of colors the east coast is famous for, we do have a plenty of aspen groves and colorful leaves scattered among the pines. Tw of our favorite spots to catch the foliage are hiking to Marlette Lake, or taking a little drive to Hope Valley.

Ready to plan your visit to Tahoe this fall? Head on over to our booking page to find the perfect spot for your fall getaway.