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Sustainable Adventures in Lake Tahoe

Curated by Debbie Bezalel
Curated by Debbie Bezalel
At Localbird, we believe that sustainable travel is the key to preserving the natural beauty of destinations like Lake Tahoe for generations to come. This iconic region, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains, is a pristine wonderland of crystal-clear waters, towering peaks, and diverse wildlife. Check out below our collection of low-impact experiences in Tahoe, including guided kayaking tours and scenic bike tours, for an immersive yet sustainable adventure in this natural paradise.

Tips for Sustainable Travelers

Besides booking low-impact tours, there is far more that you can do to travel responsably. Here are 5 tips for sustainable travelers:

1. Say No to Single-Use Plastics One of the easiest ways to reduce your footprint in Tahoe is to ditch single-use plastics. Bring your own reusable water bottles and shopping bags to avoid contributing to plastic waste. Tahoe’s tap water is safe to drink and comes directly from the lake, one of the purest water sources in the world.

body of water under sky

2. Respect Wildlife and Their Habitats Tahoe’s natural areas are home to an array of fascinating wildlife, including black bears, mule deer, raccoons, and the Douglas squirrel. Observe these creatures from a safe distance and avoid feeding or disturbing them, as it can disrupt their natural behaviors and put both you and them at risk. Appreciate their beauty while allowing them to thrive in their natural habitats.

a squirrel is sitting on the ground in the woods

3. Opt for Eco-Friendly Transport Reduce your carbon footprint by choosing sustainable transportation options during your Tahoe adventure. E-bike rentals offer an exhilarating and eco-friendly way to explore Tahoe’s scenic trails and breathtaking landscapes. At Localbird, we partner with reputable e-bike rental shops that allow travelers to make sustainable travel choices.

black hardtail mountain bike parked in front of tree

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4. Support Local Businesses Ditch the chain restaurants and shops, and support local businesses instead. Not only will you contribute to the local economy, but you’ll also have the opportunity to experience Tahoe’s unique flavors and products. The Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge is a prime example, offering classic American dishes crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients that capture Tahoe’s rich agricultural bounty.

Sunnyside Resort

(For more restaurant recommendations checkout our blog: Top 10 dinner restaurants in Lake Tahoe)

5. Volunteer for Conservation Efforts If you have extra time during your visit, consider volunteering with organizations like the League to Save Lake Tahoe or the Tahoe Fund. Opportunities range from beach and trail clean-ups to educational programs and habitat restoration projects. You can also become a Citizen Scientist by downloading apps like the Tahoe Citizen Scientist app and reporting your observations around the lake.

still waters overlooking snow-covered mountains during day

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