With summer barely beginning to make an appearance in Toronto, chances are that you haven’t started thinking about your fall travel plans; but now is a prime time to start planning your autumn getaways and maximize your opportunity to score lower off-season prices on flights and accommodation.

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the border between Nevada and California, North Lake Tahoe is a rewarding fall travel destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Comprised of 12 communities that stretch along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe is well-known for the highest concentration of ski resorts in the nation and largest alpine lake in North America; however, the "secret season" of fall season offers a chance to discover a lesser-known side of this remarkable destination.

Although the summer is a popular time for exploring the region’s wonderful hiking trails, fall’s cooler temperatures and changing leaf colours can make it an equally (if not more) appealing time to admire North Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty by foot.

The area is celebrated for its vivid aspen groves, which turn bright shades of orange, yellow and red throughout September, October and November. Take in these fall colours on a walk around Alpine Meadow’s Five Lakes Hike, Emerald Bay or Spooner Lake; or for a more challenging trek, try the 17-kilometre hike to the summit of Mt. Rose, the tallest peak in North Lake Tahoe – you’ll be rewarded with views of waterfalls, alpine lakes and Lake Tahoe along the way.

In addition to hiking, fall’s milder temperatures make it a pleasant season for a range of other outdoor activities. Take advantage of award-winning and historic golf courses, including Old Brockway or The Links at Resort at Squaw Creek. The temperatures are still warm enough for watersports like paddleboarding, waterskiing and kayaking (although you might want to wear a wetsuit for extra warmth); and anglers will appreciate the top-notch trout fishing conditions.

However you like to enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll find something special to experience in North Lake Tahoe this autumn. Plan your trip at gotahoenorth.com and follow North Lake Tahoe on Instagram.

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