Lake Tahoe Road Trip
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4 Tips for Your Next Spring Road Trip to Lake Tahoe

The Mountains Are Calling, and You Must Go!

With miles of shimmering coastlines, pristine mountainous terrain and panoramic views of the Sierras, it’s easy to see why so many have Lake Tahoe on their road trip bucket list. The perfect destination for all things boating, biking and hiking, Lake Tahoe is an adventurer’s paradise, offering up ample opportunity to explore and enjoy this one-of-a-kind destination.

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Making the trek up to the Sierras isn’t always easy, but having the right vehicle for the journey can make all the difference, which is why we recommend checking out Ken Grody Ford’s all-new 2024 F-150 Raptor. This dynamic truck has all the features and technology to make navigating Tahoe’s winding mountain roads as easy and enjoyable as possible. Plus, with the added benefit of new FOX Dual Live Valve shocks, your road trip is sure to be smooth whether you’re on-road driving or off-roading. Here are four tips for your next spring road trip to Lake Tahoe.


1 | Drive With Confidence

Lake Tahoe Road Trip
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The 2024 F-150 Raptor is a road trip essential. Showcasing powerful features like a high-strength steel frame, best-in-class maximum towing capacity, modified bumper caps that increase capability, an optional light bar attachment to illuminate terrain in dark conditions and more, the 2024 F-150 Raptor makes getting to one’s destination safely and efficiently as simple as possible. And with impeccable off-roading capabilities, the 2024 F-150 Raptor is built to handle any and all road trips, helping you go the distance no matter the terrain. Other perks of taking this car on your road trip to Lake Tahoe include high-tech features like Ford BlueCruise hands-free technology for easy driving and Pro Power Onboard, which gives you access to electrical outlets (great for camping and tailgating!). This newly enhanced model from Ken Grody Ford is as thrilling to drive as it is powerful, making it perfect for a trek through the tree-bedecked roads of the Sierra Nevadas.


2 | Must-Have Essentials

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There is tons to do, see and explore in the Lake Tahoe area, which is why it is critical to make sure you have all your bases covered when loading up your Mach-E. A good place to start is with the award-winning Yeti 65 Hard Cooler, built with best-in-class insulation so you can enjoy cold drinks while lounging lakeside. Additionally, if you plan to go hiking or biking on any of the hundreds of scenic trails Lake Tahoe has to offer, it never hurts to pick up a first aid kit. We recommend Welly’s Excursion Kit to make sure you are prepared for any type of emergency. For those seeking extra comfort, Pura Car diffusers and air fresheners are always a good idea to help keep things fresh inside your 2024 F-150 Raptor even after a day outdoors. Other popular Tahoe essentials include personal hammocks for premium outdoor relaxation, sunscreen and bug spray to help protect you and your crew as you explore the area.

Local Insight: If you want to turn your ride into a full-on camper, consider installing the Egoé Nestbox—a camper conversion kit perfect for outdoor adventuring!


3 | Camp or Book an Airbnb

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Lake Tahoe is loaded with excellent options for lodging, including scenic campgrounds, spacious Airbnb rentals and luxurious resorts and lodges. But for those looking to experience all the natural beauty that Tahoe has to offer, camping is the way to go. Some of our favorite sites include the Camp Richardson Campground and the Nevada Beach Campground, each within walking distance of two of the lake’s most scenic shorelines as well as the Eagle Point Campground, which offers unparalleled views and access to Lake Tahoe’s beautiful Emerald Bay. Furthermore, if availability is scarce, there is also the great option of renting an Egoé rooftop tent. This one-of-a-kind lodging works with virtually any vehicle and offers up a comfortable place to stay no matter where you find yourself. Be sure to research rental and purchasing options in the area before heading out!


4 | Must-Visit Destinations Along the Way

Lake Tahoe Road Trip
Credit: Ken Grody Ford & Nick Valdovinos @nickbreakseverything

In some cases, road trips truly are all about the destination, but in the case of the trek to Tahoe, it can be about the journey too—there is plenty to do and see along the way. Northern and Central California are some of the most scenic places in the entire country, so taking some time to stretch your legs and explore is always a great idea. Stop and see some incredible sights, such as Yankee Jim’s Bridge in Colfax, or take in the views at scenic Mammoth Lakes or even Yosemite National Park. For the foodies and wine enthusiasts, adventurers will surely want to stop and check the iconic Miraflores Winery located just west of Lake Tahoe. In short, there is so much to do and see along your journey to Tahoe, so be sure to do some research so you don’t miss any of the breathtaking sites and stops along the way.

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A road trip to Lake Tahoe is an adventure unlike any other. Packed with stunning sites, fun stops and one incredible destination, the trip from SoCal to the Sierras offers up an unparalleled experience. And with the right vehicle, the right gear and of course, the right people, you’re guaranteed to have an outstanding time. So grab some friends, load up your 2024 F-150 Raptor and set your sights on the Sierras for one of the most quintessential California road trips out there!

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