Summer is Just Around the Corner: Memorial Day 2021 in Tahoe

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Katie Z

North Lake Tahoe and Truckee offer year-round activities and things to do in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After the mountains close and the snow melts, the Tahoe region blooms with wildflowers, and businesses begin to reopen after the mud season. One of the first opportunities to take advantage of everything Tahoe has to offer is Memorial Day weekend.

If you're looking for a quick getaway for the long weekend or you're planning a late spring or early summer trip here, read through a few of our favorite things to do this time of the year. 

Memorial Day Weekend 2021 in Tahoe

Memorial Day weekend is Friday, May 28 to Monday, May 31, 2021. While there aren't any big events this year, Memorial Weekend in 2021 is the perfect opportunity to escape to the mountains for a quiet excursion.  

Have a Picnic at the Beach

Grab some food at the grocery store or pick up a meal to do at one of the many Tahoe restaurants nearby for a beach picnic. In late May and early June, it's a bit too early to enjoy swimming at Lake Tahoe beaches, but you can still enjoy spending time out in the fresh air. 

A few of our favorite beaches and parks for a picnic include Kings Beach State Recreation Area, North Tahoe Beach, Commons Bech, and Watermans Landing.

Read Our Full Guide to Tahoe Beaches

Play a Round at the Golf Courses in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is home to some of the country's most beautiful golf courses, and they all begin to reopen in the spring. Whether you're looking to hit the driving range or play a round of 18 holes, you'll find plenty of options around Lake Tahoe. Hit the links at Northstar's 18-hole course, or experience Jack Nicklaus' Signature golf at Old Greenwood. 

Learn More About Golf Courses in Tahoe

If you've got little ones with you, there are mini-golf courses like Kings Beach Miniature Golf and Magic Carpet Golf. These courses also have arcade games, pinball machines, video games, and more for a full afternoon of fun. 

Dine at Tahoe Restaurants

Many restaurants in Tahoe and the surrounding area are open for the season, but be sure to check ahead of time to determine the most up-to-date restrictions and capacity. 

Between the Village at NorthStar, North Lake Tahoe, Historic Downtown Truckee, and beyond, there are so many great dining options. You can find just about any type of cuisine you're looking for, like pub fare, pizza, Asian, Italian, Mexican, breakfast, coffee, and more. Plus, there are some great local breweries for the hops fans.  

View Our Tahoe Dining Guide

Get Out on the Trails

The hiking trails around Lake Tahoe are among some of the most beautiful in the state, and you can find a trail that works for you no matter your skill level. Climb to the top of Mount Tallac for epic views of Lake Tahoe or take a walk along the Tompkins Memorial Trail that runs through the Martis Valley. 

The weather in Tahoe during spring is perfect for hiking. Temperatures are in the 60s and 70s during the day, and the high 30s and low 40s at night. 

Get Information About the Best Hikes in Tahoe

Go on a Kayak Excursion

Kayak the largest freshwater lake in the region along the Lake Tahoe Water Trail, a 72-mile water route along the shores of Lake Tahoe. 

While it might be too cold to swim, or even too cold to paddleboard for some, but this time of the year is perfect for kayaking. Kayaking Lake Tahoe is for all ages and skill levels, and there are options to rent or go on a guided excursion with a professional. It offers a unique perspective of the lake that you simply can't experience from land. 

Local Tahoe Kayak and Boating Rentals and Guides

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