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  • Divya Patel

The 3 day trip to Lake Tahoe

Who can say no to a spontaneous trip? Especially to a childhood memory like no other - Lake Tahoe.


Although my trip was short, I managed to visit quite a few places. I started by booking a private vacation rental in North Lake Tahoe, two days before we were due to arrive and check in. I always make sure to take some cash, grab a few snacks and water everytime I travel.


Day 1 : After checking into our cabin, we decided to eat out at Whitecaps Pizza. They have some nice outdoor seating that has a beautiful view of the lake when you eat. After dinner, we headed back to the cabin, and spent the night playing Taboo and Code Names.


Day 2 : Rise and shine! The last thing you want to miss is an early morning visit to Sand Harbor Beach. The beach was fairly empty when we arrived, so we could enjoy the jaw dropping views and crystal clear waters all to ourselves. Sand Harbor is in North Lake Tahoe, located in Nevada. It’s handy to have some cash on you, as there’s a $10 parking fee, and they only accept cash or check.


We were starving by the time we left the Sand Harbor beach, and ready to satisfy our growling stomachs with burgers. The restaurants were pretty crowded during the daytime, so we picked up our burgers and enjoyed them on our cabin patio.


Lake Tahoe offers some of the best hikes, like the Rubicon Trail. It’s a must for anyone. The whole trail is 16.4 miles long, but we opted out for a 4 mile round trip. The trail also happens to be a bear habitat, so if you’re lucky, you might just spot one during your hike. If you do plan on hiking in Lake Tahoe, make sure to read up on the wildlife in the area - especially what precautions you should take if you do encounter them.


By the time we ended the hike at 7:30, almost all restaurants had closed, so we ended up driving out to Truckee for some nice Mexican food. During these Covid times, things have been closing earlier than before, and I didn’t account for that - so if you do plan on going this year, remember to make reservations or bring groceries to cook your meals.


Day 3 : We saved the best activity for the last day! It was my first time on a kayak, and a CLEAR water kayak at that. We picked up the kayaks from The Wild Society - they’re the only clear water kayak rental business in North Lake Tahoe, so I would definitely recommend booking them online and ahead of time to secure your spot. We had the kayaks for 4 hours, and before we knew it, the time flew by.