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Lake TahoeUnited States of America

Explore the shores of this stunning alpine lake and get active on the mountain slopes, with plenty of beaches, nature parks, casinos and ski resorts to choose from.

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.

Lake Tahoe Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Lake Tahoe

Lakeside Park, South Lake Tahoe, California, United States of America

Lakeside Park

4.5/5Wonderful!(8 area reviews)

Lakeside Park might not have many top sights, but Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Lakeside Park
Al Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, California, United States of America

Al Tahoe

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Al Tahoe, Regan Beach and El Dorado Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Al Tahoe
Lake Forest, Tahoe City, California, United States of America

Lake Forest

While there might not be top attractions in Lake Forest, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area and Tahoe City Marina.

Lake Forest
Tahoe Paradise, South Lake Tahoe, California, United States of America

Tahoe Paradise

While Tahoe Paradise isn't home to many top sights, Tahoe Paradise Golf Course and Lake Tahoe Golf Course are some notable places to visit nearby.

Tahoe Paradise
Truckee featuring snow

Downtown

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

Downtown
Brockway, Kings Beach, California, United States of America

Brockway

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.

Brockway

Top hotels in Lake Tahoe

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
3.5 out of 5
50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
The price is £94 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Heavenly ...

3.6/5Good! (5,341 reviews)

"We have always enjoyed staying at the Hard Rock in Lake Tahoe. They did a nice job with the Covid response and the actions they have taken. We had asked to be in the back of the house on the first floor to avoid the elevators and walking through the casino since were traveling with two senior citizens. ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
4 out of 5
55 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
The price is £95 per night

This family-friendly Stateline hotel is located in the mountains, within a 10-minute walk of Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Heavenly Ski ...

3.7/5Good! (2,049 reviews)

"Great hotel, location was awesome, service was great."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is £133 per night

Situated in the mountains, this resort is steps away from Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Heavenly Ski Resort and Lakeside ...

3.9/5Very Good! (3,354 reviews)

"The front desk staff were absolutely great, customer service was excellent!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Popular places to visit in Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Ski Resort
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Heavenly Ski Resort

4.5/5(12 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(2 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

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(7 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.

Donner Lake
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Donner Lake

4/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors at Donner Lake, a popular spot to commune with nature in Truckee. Wander the lakeside in this quaint area.

The Shops at Heavenly Village
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The Shops at Heavenly Village

4/5(14 reviews)

With a visit to The Shops at Heavenly Village, a favourite shopping spot in South Lake Tahoe, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this quaint area or seek out the ski slopes.

Top things to do in Lake Tahoe

Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour

£142
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
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

£51
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Tahoe
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Lake Tahoe

£196
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Cities near Lake Tahoe

Truckee showing a river or creek, a small town or village and snow

Truckee

Emerald Bay State Park which includes a lake or waterhole, forest scenes and a park

South Lake Tahoe

Squaw Valley Resort showing snow, a sunset and a gondola

Olympic Valley

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