Trip time! Discover the lake views, skiing, and beaches in quaint Lake Tahoe.

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.

Known for

Skiing, Casinos and Lakes

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Where to stay in Lake Tahoe

Brockway
Kayaking to Speedboat beach in Lake Tahoe #BVSBLUE
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Brockway

Known for Lakes, Family-Friendly, Beaches

5/5(1 review)

Unique features of Brockway include the lake views and beaches. Make a stop by Stateline Lookout or Agate Bay while you're exploring the area.

Lakeside Park
South Lake Tahoe
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Lakeside Park

Known for

4/5(456 reviews)

When in Lakeside Park, you can plan a visit to Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Al Tahoe
Snowmobiling in the back country. Enchanting!!
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Al Tahoe

Known for

4.5/5(50 reviews)

While visiting Al Tahoe, you might make a stop by sights like Regan Beach and El Dorado Beach.

Lake Forest
Winter in Tahoe
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Lake Forest

Known for

5/5(1 review)

Though Lake Forest might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area and Tahoe City Marina.

Tahoe Paradise
Awe...the Sierra Nevada. 🌲
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Tahoe Paradise

Known for

5/5(1 review)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Tahoe Paradise and surrounding area, you can visit Lake Tahoe Golf Course and Adventure Mountain.

Downtown
Truckee which includes snow

Downtown

Known for

4.5/5(6 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Commercial Row and Old Jail Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Lake Tahoe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
$104
per night
Oct 15 - Oct 16
4.1/5Very Good! (6,188 reviews)

"It was in a good location and the staff was great."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
4 out of 5
55 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
$60
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
3.7/5Good! (2,674 reviews)

"Kids loved the pool and spa. Good room. Only thing was showerhead was a little cheap for such a nice walk-in shower"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 out of 5
931 Park Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA
$37
per night
Oct 28 - Oct 29
4.1/5Very Good! (5,055 reviews)

"Great place to stay! The heater turns on and off at night which was a little annoying but other than that we had a very pleasant stay. Recommend! Would come here again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club

Popular things to do in Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Ski Resort
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Heavenly Ski Resort

4.5/5(1,321 reviews)

Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, climbing and partying at this massive resort with heavenly views of Lake Tahoe and the desert.

Squaw Valley Resort
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Squaw Valley Resort

4.5/5(591 reviews)

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.

Northstar California Resort
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Northstar California Resort

4.5/5(592 reviews)

Amid the beautiful landscapes along Lake Tahoe is a mountain resort with family-friendly snow sports, hiking trails, golf and boutique shopping.

Heavenly Gondola
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Heavenly Gondola

4.5/5(802 reviews)

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.

Sugar Bowl
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Sugar Bowl

4/5(32 reviews)

This Bavarian-style ski resort with spa, restaurants, shops and powdery slopes is a favorite with visitors year-round.

Homewood Mountain Resort
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Homewood Mountain Resort

4.5/5(48 reviews)

This intimate and sheltered ski retreat, popular with couples, families and small groups, offers spectacular lake views from its slopes.

Top activities in Lake Tahoe

Guided Pony Express Trail Tour to Virginia City with Historic Train Ride
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Guided Pony Express Trail Tour to Virginia City with Historic Train Ride

$65

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.

Guided Lake Tahoe & Olympic Valley Luxury Shuttle Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe & Olympic Valley Luxury Shuttle Tour

$55

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.

Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour

$179

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.

Wine and Harvest Tour
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Wine and Harvest Tour

$85

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.

Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Tahoe
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Tahoe

$42

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.

Self-Guided Reno United States Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided Reno United States Scavenger Hunt

$11

This adventure will take you through the heart of Chicago and let you see how it has changed over time, while also having fun. This hunt has been evolving over time to be as entertaining as possible, while showing you as much as possible.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Lake Tahoe

Snowshoeing Lake Tahoe
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Snowshoeing Lake Tahoe

Getting to know Lake Tahoe, one step at a time

On and off the slopes in Tahoe
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On and off the slopes in Tahoe

What to do on and off the slopes in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe foodie guide
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South Lake Tahoe foodie guide

Wining and dining around South Lake Tahoe in style

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