South Lake Tahoe in November

By: Sam Pinsky

Tahoe Sunrise Winter Sunset over Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe in November is a Traveler’s Paradise

When it comes to the most beautiful months around Lake Tahoe, November has to be at the top of the list. It’s when the autumnal tapestry is slowly disappearing and the highest reaches of the mountains that surround the lake begin to frost over from the first snows. November is a time for all-season fun. Check out these great things to do in Lake Tahoe in November that are sure to keep you coming back for more – and keep the autumn spirit alive all season with our list of fall activities at Lake Tahoe.

cave rock sunset in November
Sunset at Cave Rock

Lake Tahoe Weather in November

In November, South Lake Tahoe brings in the transitional charm of autumn with the occasional hint at the impending winter. The weather is a delightful medley of crisp, refreshing air and hints of winter’s early embrace. You can expect to see the landscape bursting with the hues of fall foliage as the mountainsides are painted in vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold. The average highs during this time hover around 50°F, with the nights gradually cooling to average lows of around 25°F.

While November is relatively mild, it’s not uncommon to witness occasional winter storms sweeping in, dusting the region with its first snowflakes, so be sure to pack various layers of warm clothes to stay comfortable. South Lake Tahoe experiences an average of 4 to 7 snow days in November, creating a captivating blend of fall and winter landscapes that makes it a perfect destination for those seeking a unique seasonal crossover. Check out our South Lake Tahoe weather dashboard for the most current conditions, live webcams, and more. 

What to Wear for Lake Tahoe Weather in November

When packing for a trip to South Lake Tahoe in November, it’s important to be prepared for the transitional weather. Layering is key, so bring a mix of warm clothing such as an insulated coat, sweaters, long-sleeve shirts, and a good waterproof jacket to fend off occasional rain or snow. We recommend packing a pair of comfortable, waterproof boots suitable for light snow as well. Thermal base layers and gloves can come in handy, especially for chilly evenings around a campfire with friends. And, of course, include a cozy hat and a scarf to keep warm while exploring the beautiful fall foliage or if early winter storms make their not-so-uncommon appearance. Having a variety of clothing options will ensure you’re ready for the ever-changing conditions of our beautiful destination.

Things to Do at Lake Tahoe in November

November at Lake Tahoe is a month of dynamic possibilities, offering plenty of things to do for every type of traveler. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast eager to explore the vivid fall landscape through foliage-filled hikes or a winter sports aficionado gearing up for the upcoming ski season, Lake Tahoe’s South Shore has it all. And if winter makes an early appearance, there are abundant indoor options, from cozying up with a warm drink in mountain lodges to unwinding in the spas, endless shopping opportunities, and unique culinary experiences, making Lake Tahoe in November a versatile destination for all.

Outdoor Activities in November at Lake Tahoe

Peep Some Fall Foliage

a family takes a hike in early November in South Lake Tahoe
A family takes a hike in early November in South Lake Tahoe

Whether you prefer to view Lake Tahoe’s fall colors from the comfort of a car on a scenic drive, or directly under the canopy from the many hiking trails, South Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas offer an incredible array of fall foliage that will take your breath away. 

Hit the Trails

early fall hikes in South Lake Tahoe
Two friends soaking up the last few weeks of South Lake Tahoe’s hiking season

Hitting the trails is one of the best things to do in South Lake Tahoe in November. Summer may be long gone, but there’s still plenty of daylight to get out and explore the dozens of hiking and biking trails around Lake Tahoe. On bike or foot, you are sure to find trails that push you to new heights or help get away from it all. 

Not looking to push it too hard? Lam Watah Nature Trail to Nevada Beach is a 2.8-mile trail near Stateline, Nevada that features beautiful scenery and ends at a dog-friendly stretch of Nevada Beach, so don’t forget your furry friends (and a bag to clean up after them).

Check out more great hiking spots around South Lake Tahoe here.

For pedal-powered explorers, you can learn more about biking in South Lake Tahoe here.

Slide Into Ski Season

a skier overlooking Lake Tahoe at Heavenly Mountain Resort
A skier making turns at Heavenly Mountain Resort

Even if the famed Sierra storms haven’t rolled in just yet, Heavenly’s impressive snow gun arsenal will be doing its part to get the season rolling this month. Heavenly Mountain Resort currently has a tentative opening date of Friday, November 17th, and Kirkwood Mountain Resort is planned to open on Friday, December 1. For those looking for certified unserious fun, Sierra-at-Tahoe is looking to open on Saturday, December 2.

Indoor Activities in November at Lake Tahoe

Catch a Concert At Lake Tahoe

The Summer Concert Series may be over, but there are still plenty of great shows to rock out to after the sun goes down. For Bluegrass music lovers, Greensky Bluegrass will perform in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, November 1.

Todd Snider is at Bally’s Lake Tahoe on Saturday, November 4.

Top Rank Boxing at the Tahoe Blue Event Center on Saturday, November 4.

Built to Spill, American Indie Rock will be at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Friday, November 10.

Violinist Lindsey Stirling brings her Snow Waltz Christmas Tour inside the Tahoe Blue Event Center, on Thursday, November 16.

There are plenty of more concerts and events happening. Check out our events page for the 411.

Nightlife & Gaming

Indoor concerts in November at Lake Tahoe

It only gets more fun as the sun sets around Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe’s nightlife is unrivaled and offers everything from dancing your heart out at nightclubs and catching a live show of your favorite musician to endless gaming opportunities, you’ll feel like you’ve won it big just by visiting.

Shop ‘til You Drop

Three women shopping at Heavenly Village
Three friends enjoying a day of shopping at Heavenly Village

Toward the end of November, South Lake Tahoe’s shopping scene takes on a cozy, holiday-inspired ambiance. Quaint boutiques and local shops offer a unique shopping experience, with a focus on handcrafted, artisanal goods that make for perfect gifts or souvenirs. Stroll through Heavenly Village, adorned with seasonal decorations, and explore specialty stores for winter apparel and gear. Whatever you’re in search of, South Lake Tahoe’s shopping scene in November offers a delightful and memorable experience.

World Class Spa Treatment

Two friends enjoying a post-massage libation

The numerous spas in South Lake Tahoe offer a relaxing sanctuary from the brisk fall weather. South Lake Tahoe Spas feature amenities such as hot tubs, a wide variety of luxurious treatments, and a tranquil ambiance, you’ll find everything you need to fully unwind and relax.

Unique Dining Experiences

Cruise and Eat on the Water

The M.S. Dixie II at sunset in November
The M.S. Dixie II at sunset

For those wondering what to do in Lake Tahoe in November who are looking for a bit less adventure, but still want to capture the essence of Lake Tahoe, a dinner cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II is a must. As the paddle-wheeler glides out of Zephyr Cove, you’ll be exposed to some of the best views of the region. The legendary vessel is climate-controlled so even on the chilliest evening, you’ll be cozy. The Dinner Cruise is paired perfectly with famous Tahoe sunsets, breathtaking views, local cuisine, and live music. Visit https://visitlaketahoe.com/boats/tahoe-boats/ for more boat options.

South Lake Tahoe Restaurants

Lakeview dining at Lake Tahoe in November
Sunset dinner views from Harvey’s Sage Room

South Lake Tahoe restaurants create a foodie’s paradise no matter the season. From incredible scenic views and equally impressive food at The Chart House, to waterfront seating at Riva Grill and Jimmy’s Restaurant at The Landing Tahoe Resort and Spa, we have the views to pair with any kind of food.

Looking for a more down-to-earth meal? The Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger will satisfy your taste buds whenever your stomach starts growling, and Blue Dog Pizza is sure to satisfy even the pickiest pizza lover. There are tons of restaurants, each with its own unique flavor waiting for your taste buds to discover. Check out our top picks of restaurants that let you savor the Sierra here.

Seasonal Favorites

Light Up Some Smiles at Heavenly Village

Heavenly Village Christmas Tree lighting

Ready to feel like 2023 was the shortest year ever? Then come on down to Heavenly Village Lake Tahoe to celebrate the lighting of their 70’ tall cut Christmas tree on November 24th. Be sure to peruse the many unique shops that give the village so much life. After all, you never know what you need until you see it.

There are a wide array of things to do in Lake Tahoe in November. With the holiday season fast approaching, use this time to relax and rest up. We guarantee you’ll go home more energized and ready to take on the world, or at the very least, will have a few good stories to tell.

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