My husband Matt and I road tripped to South Lake Tahoe, NV for our friends wedding in September! It was a beautiful destination for a wedding, and we are so happy we could be there to celebrate with the new Mr. & Mrs. Orr! Tahoe is about an 8 hour drive from Salt Lake City, but we made a couple of stops along the way to break the trip up.
On Friday we road tripped to Reno, NV and stayed with some friends from Wisconsin. Saturday bright and early we went to the largest Air Balloon Festival in the country! People from all over the world come to race their air balloons around different parts of the city. It was amazing to be up close to see them inflate take off the ground. We got to see the sunrise as all of the air balloons were taking off, and it was one of the coolest experiences!
After the air balloon festival, we drove about an hour to Lake Tahoe where we had a beach day! The beach is hard to come by in Utah, so it was something we missed from back home in the Midwest and wanted to do while we were here. We parked at the Chimney beach trail head at the east end of Lake Tahoe and made the short hike down to the beach. It was a beautiful, quiet beach and we were some of the first people there that morning. The water was so blue, calm, and clear, something we had never seen before in a lake! The temperature was perfect for swimming and felt so refreshing. We hung out, swam, had a picnic, took a nap, and rode the waves in our inflatable tubes as the water picked up in the afternoon. It felt like we were at a wave pool back home in the WI Dells! It was definitely worth the trip.
After the beach, we drove about a half hour to South Lake Tahoe, were the wedding would take place. We got ready at our hotel and walked to the Edgewood Tahoe venue. It was a beautiful venue right on the water, and it had the prettiest views! We attended the wedding and got to meet so many new friends! It was a perfect night to celebrate and the sunset was amazing!
The next morning we checked out and went on a short hike overlooking the lake on our way out of town. It was a perfect 1 mile hike to stretch our legs before the long drive home! We definitely made the most of our 24 hours in Lake Tahoe, and we can’t wait to make this a yearly trip! Next time we’ll make it a long weekend and do some more hiking! 🙂