With its mountainous backdrop and cobalt-blue water, Lake Tahoe is a striking sight. It’s situated in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which makes it a magnet for winter-sports enthusiasts. When the snow melts, the crowds keep coming for summer activities. Choose between skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and much more. Vacationers will also enjoy fishing, fine dining, spa time or visiting a casino.
Lake Tahoe has 72 miles (116 kilometers) of shoreline. It straddles the border of California (west) and Nevada (east) and is the second deepest lake in the United States. The sun shines most of the year and the snowfall averages 600 inches (15 meters) per year.
Shuttle buses from Reno-Tahoe International Airport will bring you to all sides of the lake. The wider area is best explored by car, while the water shuttle is great for hopping between docks along the shores in summer.
Sprawling forest reserves, such as Emerald Bay State Park, cover the Californian side of the lake. Tahoe City and Kings Beach offer good lake-side attractions. Nearby ski resorts are Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain. The Bavarian-style Sugar Bowl Resort is located near Truckee. Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe spreads from California to Nevada and beats all the other resorts in size and attractions.
The Nevada side of the lake has casinos and more resorts and beaches. In summer, swim at Sand Harbor or Zephyr Cove Beach.
Lake Tahoe is a popular destination for its easy access, amazing scenery and year-round activities. Arrive early in the day and ride the slopes or kayak on the lake. By afternoon, try horseback riding or simply relax and read a book by the shore. In the evening, dine in one of the restaurants overlooking one of America’s most beautiful lakes.
Skiing, Casinos and Lakes
Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, climbing and partying at this massive resort with heavenly views of Lake Tahoe and the desert.
Two expansive ski resorts in North Lake Tahoe have joined to provide some of the finest snow experiences on the whole continent, with an added dash of celebrity sparkle.
Amid the beautiful landscapes along Lake Tahoe is a mountain resort with family-friendly snow sports, hiking trails, golf and boutique shopping.
Glide across the sky and appreciate breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Tahoe on this scenic gondola ride to a summit where exciting adventure activities await.
This Bavarian-style ski resort with spa, restaurants, shops and powdery slopes is a favorite with visitors year-round.
This intimate and sheltered ski retreat, popular with couples, families and small groups, offers spectacular lake views from its slopes.
Take a step back in the time on this trip to the historic silver mining town of Virginia City. From South Lake Tahoe, travel along the Pony Express Trail to the tiny spot that sprang up as a boomtown in 1859, enjoying time to peruse the shops and saloons, and go for a ride on the old-timey Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
Explore the breathtaking beauty of Lake Tahoe and the nearby Olympic Valley on this luxury shuttle tour around the entirety of the lake. Stop along the way for photo ops at various lookouts, see the site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, and learn about the spectacular flora and fauna throughout the region.
Admire the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada and brush up on your photography skills during a guided tour of Lake Tahoe. Under the tutelage of a skilled nature photographer, this tour takes you to Tahoe's southern and western shores for the chance to snap image after image of the dazzling alpine scenery.
Experience a sampling of the extensive flavors on this narrated and catered tour to the foothills of El Dorado County. Like nowhere else, this region invokes elegant, and rustic themes throughout its diverse landscapes, climates, and rich history.
Connect with a local photographer to capture your most memorable Lake Tahoe moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on what to eat, see and do and return from your trip with beautiful, high quality, holiday memories. The best souvenir ever.
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Getting to know Lake Tahoe, one step at a time
What to do on and off the slopes in South Lake Tahoe
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