Don’t Drive to Tahoe on Fridays from the Bay Area
The much-needed rain in Northern California has brought white powdery snow to Lake Tahoe’s popular skiing resorts. We can expect many people, including those in the Bay Area, to hit the slopes this President’s Day weekend. However, the drive to Tahoe can take much longer than expected.
Everyone knows traffic in the Bay Area can be messy, but throw in a trip to Lake Tahoe, and it’s a complete nightmare. Travel experts said it doesn’t matter whether motorists take Interstate 80 or US Highway 50 over the Sierra Nevada, traffic delays are inevitable if traveling on a Friday, especially on a holiday weekend.
Why Friday is the Worst Day to Travel
The drive to Tahoe from the Bay Area can take over three hours without traffic. Still, the travel time can change excessively and become unpredictable on holiday weekends, making the freeways seem more like a parking lot.
If you’re returning from Tahoe on Sunday, it is best to leave by 10 am. If you wait until noon to get on the road, traffic congestion near Davis can worsen, adding another hour to your trip.
If you can’t leave in the morning, it is a good idea to maximize your time in Tahoe. Enjoy the afternoon by having lunch, going shopping, taking a stroll through the town, and then making your descent down the hill at around 5:30 pm.