Planning a trip to Tahoe? We have some suggestions for alternatives to the typical days spent on the beach, or taking in the view from vista points. Escape the crowds and enjoy a fall getaway at Tahoe with one of these five activities.

Kayak Emerald Bay1. Kayak in Emerald Bay

You can kayak anywhere, but it's well worth spending an afternoon kayaking around Tahoe's only island and in Tahoe's most photographed area, Emerald Bay. You won't regret renting a kayak or paddleboard to make your way to the mouth of the bay and then back--stopping for a break and a swim at Fannette Island. Rentals are available from Kayak Tahoe.

2. Escape the crowds and opt for a quieter hike.


the Mt. Judah loop in Truckee for spectacular views of the Sierra. If a 6 mile hike isn't long enough for you, extend that loop out and hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Sugarbowl to Squaw. Just be sure to park a shuttle vehicle at Squaw! Sugarbowl to Squaw is approximately 15 miles.

Interested in lake views? Give Ellis Peak here on Tahoe's magical west shore a try. This trail steeply ascends for the first mile or so, then descends and ascends again, but you are rewarded with spectacular views of both Granite Chief Wilderness and Lake Tahoe.

3. Practice YogaHike Tahoe

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ny amazing yoga studios in North Lake Tahoe, and now, Granlibakken offers yoga every Saturday in the Soul Shelter. Can't make it to yoga on Saturday? Try out The Yoga Room in Tahoe City, The Sanctuary in Crystal Bay, or the Truckee Yoga Collective in Truckee.

Want to kick your practice up a notch? Indulge in a paddleboard yoga class--Mountain Lotus Yoga in Tahoe City and Well-Being in Kings Beach offer weekly classes.

4. Visit a Museum

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py the little ones on a rainy day? KidZone in Truckee offers just the thing. Plenty of activities and features will teach kids new things, while allowing them to play freely.

Interested in the rich history of skiing in North Tahoe? Check out the Museum of Sierra Ski History in Tahoe City, or Squaw's Olympic History Museum for artifacts, information, and education on skiing in the Sierras.

Interested in the watercrafts found on Lake Tahoe? You won't want to miss the Maritime Museum, located just a half-mile from Granlibakken.

Gatekeeper's Museum and Watson Cabin are also located nearby, and both offer a unique glimpse into the early days of settlements at Lake Tahoe.

5. Mountain Bike

This burgeoning sport isn't as hard as it seems. If you're nervous, A Singletrack Mind and Northstar offer clinics to hone skills.

Renting a bike? Olympic Bike in Tahoe City offers mountain bike rentals, and is a great jumping off point to explore the nearby Tahoe XC Center, with miles of trails for all abilities.

Enjoy a fall getaway at Granlibakken Tahoe. Book your stay here.

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