Spring Activities: Lake Tahoe

Isaac Flores, Staff Reporter

We all know that our Spring activities are extremely limited because of this unexpected Pandemic, but just because they are limited it doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything we can do. One of my go-to spots for vacation has always been Lake Tahoe, specifically South Lake Tahoe. I had the opportunity to go a couple weeks ago, and fortunately, I am able to say that there are still plenty of things to do in Lake Tahoe. 

To my surprise mostly everything was reopened to the public, but even if it wasn’t, being in Lake Tahoe itself is a relaxing experience. The city is flooded in beautiful huge pine trees, trails to go biking/walking, snow (depending when you go), and most importantly an astonishing lake that stretches out over twenty miles. You’ll never be left with nothing to do in Lake Tahoe.

Fortunately though, like I stated earlier, Lake Tahoe was pretty much up and running at full throttle. The place was packed with people over the weekend. All the shopping centers, stores, and especially casinos were filled with people just enjoying their time. There are pretty much no regulations in the casinos, as long as you have a mask you could play as much and for as long as you’d desire. Although I do believe they shortened Heavenly Villages (Shopping Center) hours, you still have from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to walk around and shop. I would not see myself being there any later than 9 though, so it all works out. In the Village, there is an ice skating rink open during the business hours. There are dozens of places that sell delicious food ranging from Asian to Mediterranean to the best pizza you will ever try. There is also a huge cinema where they usually perform magic as well as screen popular movies. Unfortunately, the cinema is currently closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which makes little sense when you see all the other things that are opened.

There are enough things to do during a week’s stay in Tahoe without getting bored. If you do decide to go, take in count my recommendations. If you’re old enough to play in the casino, keep in mind that the chances you’re going to leave the place profitable is extremely low. So if there’s a point where you do have a profit, I suggest you leave the casino immediately, and explore the area.

I suggest you check out Trapped In Tahoe, a place with multiple escape rooms that will have you puzzled for an hour or less if you’re able to get out in time. I also suggest you go out for a run or a simple walk, there’s something about doing that in Tahoe that is just really satisfying to be out in the city or in nature. I don’t know if it is because of the high altitude or just simply because of the scenery, but there’s nothing like it! Also try eating in local spots rather than eating in chain restaurants; they really do have amazing local food for everyone. Lastly if you are brave enough, you could take a ride to an even higher mountain in Heavenly Village to go skiing. It is open for everyone of all ages, just be careful!