Last updated on October 24th, 2018 at 01:47 pm
Do you need a vacation? Have a tight budget and think you can’t make it work? You can plan a California trip without breaking the bank. South Lake Tahoe, CA is a popular vacation destination, and for good reason. It has the largest alpine lake in America, excellent skiing, golf courses, and an intricate network of hiking and biking trails for every skill level. Here are three ways to slash travel costs to help you enjoy a vacation in South lake Tahoe without blowing your budget.
Save on Eating Out
Eating out three meals a day is expensive. You can save a lot of money if you can cook some of those meals yourself. Airbnb rentals of entire homes cost as much as a hotel stay in many cases, plus they offer all the comforts of home including a full kitchen.
Some hotels offer rooms with kitchenettes. They do cost more than regular rooms, but you will recoup that cost and then some by not eating out. You can save more if you cook a big breakfast and skip lunch. This will save money for dinners out. Buying refreshments or food at the beach or at the trail head adds up, so keep drinks and snacks from the grocery store in the fridge and have them to take to the beach or on a hike.
Save on Hotels with a Central Location
Booking accommodations close to the things you want to see and do in a destination will save you money. In South Lake Tahoe, this is easy to do. Many hotels and attractions are concentrated in the center of town. Choosing a hotel close to public transportation will help you explore further for cheap. Look for hotels that offer free or cheap shuttle service to the airport or around town to the ski hill or casinos.
Save with Free and Cheap Activities
Finding free and cheap things to do can help you have a fun-filled vacation without spending a lot of money. In South Lake Tahoe, there are lots of choices! Enjoy scaling a 25-foot climbing wall, which is great for all skill levels, or sliding down a mountain in an inner tube. Each of these activities is 10 dollars at the Heavenly Mountain Resort. Try some mini golf at Magic Carpet Golf; they offer three courses and tons of cheap games for kids and adults.
South Lake Tahoe is an alpine paradise offering an extensive network of hiking and biking trails to help visitors discover all of its splendor. Bike rentals are a cheap way to explore a lot of the back country beauty, and if you enjoy hiking, there is a huge variety trails for every skill level.
If you have a small travel budget, South Lake Tahoe is a great place to vacation. With so much to do and so many ways to save money, it offers travelers a lot of value.