I am so happy to run across this great forum. I need some advice. We are in Seattle and are planning a trip to Lake Tahoe in mid-August for 3 nights and 4 days. We want to rent a rental car to check drive around and also perhap go to Reno at nights for some casino and sight seeing. We check out Alaska Air and it will cost both of us about $500/roundtrip. The car rental is about another $300/for 4 days. My questions are:
1. Do we really need to rent a car in Lake Tahoe (Southend area)?
2. Should we drive or fly? I figure the miles from Seattle to Lake Tahoe is about 650 mile/each way which make it about 1300 miles total and the gas will be around $275 for the trip. So basically, we will saving $500/airfare for other things. I know we will adding 6 hrs+ each way (driving) compare if we were to fly (only 2 hours).
3. If driving which route would be the shortest to take because we want to spend more time relaxing than sitting in cars.
Thanks very much for all your response.