We're in the midst of summer, which means there's no better time to plan a weekend getaway. This week, we're choosing to spotlight Lake Tahoe, which is known for its beauty and its family friendly activities. We've listed a few below.

  1. Kayak from North Lake Tahoe: Head to the Hyatt at North Lake Tahoe and rent a kayak for a few hours or for half the day. From the Hyatt's beach, kayak to the east side of the lake to Secret Cove, a small secluded beach that's surrounded by boulders and clear water.
  2. Tour the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion: This mansion, from 1903, gives viewers a peek into the life of the rich on Lake Tahoe. The tour of the mansion's rooms plus the servant areas lasts less than an hour, so it's perfect for families.
  3. Take a gondola ride in South Lake Tahoe: For an unbelievable view of Lake Tahoe, take a ride on The Heavenly Mountain Gondola, a 2.4 mile ride up. A ride for a family of 4 is $150.
  4. Bike Along the Truckee River: For more active families, rent a bike (or bring your own) and bike for miles along the Truckee River on Highway 89. A bike rental shop at Why 89 and Squaw Valley Road offers bikes for both adults and kids.
  5. Walk along Squaw Valley Meadow Trail: Expansive green fields and blue skies await on this walk in the center of Squaw Valley. The hike/walking path is super quiet and is especially beautiful in the early evening.
  6. Relax at King's Beach State Recreation Area: This area is ideal for families. The long stretch of sandy beach is perfect for young kids, and kayak and paddle board rentals create a fun atmosphere. You can also take advantage of shared picnic tables, a playground for kids, and restaurants within walking distance.


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