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South Lake Tahoe

Travel Guide
Emerald Bay State Park

Come to this Lake Tahoe destination in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to ski in winter, swim in summer and enjoy a lively nightlife year-round.

South Lake Tahoe is the adventure capital of the spectacular Lake Tahoe region. Enjoy sandy beaches, ski resorts, hiking trails and year-round nightlife amid breathtaking natural scenery. South Lake Tahoe lies between the south banks of Lake Tahoe and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

South Lake Tahoe’s commercial center is at one end of the town adjacent to the California/Nevada stateline, home to restaurants, hotels and retail outlets. Learn about the region’s history at the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum. See wildlife and landscape photography displays at the Jon Paul Gallery and rotating exhibitions by local artists at the Tahoe Art League.

The beaches of South Lake Tahoe are ideal for relaxation and watersports. Rent a paddleboat or kayak from Ski Run Marina to explore the lake’s calm water. Try water skiing and wakeboarding or relax on the shore with a picnic while enjoying the scenery and sunsets. Just a 20-minute drive from the town center is Emerald Bay State Park. Discover secluded beaches lined with pine forests. Take a guided tour of the Scandinavian-style castle, Vikingsholm.

Ride the Heavenly Gondola cable car from South Lake Tahoe town center to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Admire the views from the observation deck perched on a 9,123-foot (2,780-meter) high peak. Come in the winter to ski and snowboard on almost 100 runs. When the snow melts the resort transforms into a summer sports hub. Travel on a 3,300-foot (1,000-meter) long zip line or enjoy a hot air balloon ride. Hike or bike along trails to enjoy panoramas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Go out after dark to experience South Lake Tahoe’s nightlife. Find bars and nightclubs situated in the town center. Alternatively, make the short walk into Nevada for a night out at the casinos and entertainment centers.

South Lake Tahoe is a popular destination offering a mix of culture, entertainment and natural beauty. Get here by flying to Tahoe-Reno International Airport, which is a 1-hour drive away. Rent a car to visit other Lake Tahoe outdoor recreation centers, including Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Where to stay in South Lake Tahoe

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 out of 5
931 Park Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is £133 per night from 23 Aug to 23 Aug
Situated in South Lake Tahoe, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Gondola, and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Lakeside Beach ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,702 reviews)
"We loved our stay"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £152 per night from 24 Aug to 24 Aug
Situated in the mountains, this resort is steps away from Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Casino at Harveys ...
3.9/5Good! (3,359 reviews)
"The room was big, great for a family of 5"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe
Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe
3.5 out of 5
3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is £201 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Nestled on the beach, this South Lake Tahoe resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Heavenly Gondola, The Shops at Heavenly Village and Casino at Harveys Lake Tahoe. ...
3.7/5Good! (1,219 reviews)
"The property was a little outdated as far as the rest of the properties on that strip but the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful with any questions. They implented all rules considering Covid and definitely plan on returning to this property considering the easy access to the beach and ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe
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