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Tahoe CityUnited States of America

The “Heart of Lake Tahoe” offers cozy lodges, dining, shopping, nature tours, museums and plenty of information about the surrounding ski resorts.

Nicknamed the “Heart of Lake Tahoe,” Tahoe City sits on the northwestern shore. Visit the Tahoe City Visitor’s Center on North Lake Boulevard to pick up downtown maps and plan your stay. Check here for information on the free concerts and parades held during the 10-day SnowFest! Winter Carnival.

Tahoe City is a popular winter as well as summer destination. During the warmer months, enjoy outdoor activities on and around the lake, and festivals during holidays and weekends. Take a walk or jog alongside the Truckee River. Rafting tours on the Truckee River are an exciting way to see more of the surrounding area.

Commons Beach is an attractive area in the heart of the city. Photographers will appreciate the sweeping lake and mountain views from this section of the shore. Come here on a Sunday to enjoy live concerts or watch a film on Wednesday, during the Movies on the Beach season. Don’t miss the Tahoe City Farmers Market, held on Thursday mornings from May to October.

History buffs can get their fix at the museums run by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society. The Gatekeeper’s Museum, the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum and Watson Cabin all offer exhibits that unravel the local history.

The town is studded with a nice variety of restaurants. Dine by the lake and catch the gorgeous sunset while enjoying local river trout or Mexican cuisine.

Tahoe City is less than an hour’s drive from Reno and about a half-hour from Truckee. There are many free and paid shuttle buses, as well as boat services to get you around the lake. Lodges, motels, rental cabins and condos are all available in the city. Or, you could stay at one of the surrounding mountain resorts.

Where to stay in Tahoe City

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
Pineland, Tahoe City, California, United States of America

Pineland

Though Pineland may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Granlibakken Resort Ski Area and Homewood Mountain Resort.

Pineland

Top hotels in Tahoe City

Pepper Tree Inn
Pepper Tree Inn
3 out of 5
645 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £75 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

Located in the heart of Tahoe City, this motel is steps away from Watson Cabin Living Museum and Tahoe City Marina. Commons Beach Park and North Lake Tahoe Visitors ...

4/5Very Good! (952 reviews)

"Location was excellent, next to Commons beach, walking distance to everything. Older construction but everything works and the rooms were clean. Very responsive and warm staff"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

Pepper Tree Inn
Granlibakken Tahoe
Granlibakken Tahoe
3 out of 5
725 Granlibakken Road, PO Box 6329, Tahoe City, CA
The price is £160 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

Located near the slopes, this Tahoe City resort is situated in the mountains and within 1 mile (2 km) of Granlibakken Resort Ski Area, Tahoe City Golf Course ...

3.9/5Very Good! (469 reviews)

"Enjoyed my stay - midweek was quiet and pleasant. The perfect place to relax and take care of yourself ."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

Granlibakken Tahoe
Basecamp Tahoe City
Basecamp Tahoe City
3 out of 5
955 North Lake Blvd, P.O. Box 6328, Tahoe City, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £98 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Tahoe City Marina and Watson Cabin Living Museum. Commons Beach Park and North Lake Tahoe Visitors ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (358 reviews)

"This place was great! Sure cute, clean and welcoming! Would definitely come back again and again."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

Basecamp Tahoe City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Tahoe City

St. Francis Lakeside #1 Rosen
St. Francis Lakeside #1 Rosen
2560 Lake Forest Road #1, Tahoe City, CA

Located in Lake Forest, this condo is within 2 miles (3 km) of Tahoe City Field Station, Tahoe City Marina and Watson Cabin Living Museum. Tahoe Cross Country ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Easy stay

"Easy process and for the bill for our family!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2020

St. Francis Lakeside #1 Rosen
Fun and Relaxing in Tahoe City!
Fun and Relaxing in Tahoe City!
1850 Silver Tip Dr, Tahoe City, CA

This family-friendly Tahoe City cabin is located in Talmont, within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Granlibakken Resort Ski Area and Hurricane ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (46 reviews)
We loved the location with trails at the end of the block and easy drive down to nice private beach

"Great place for our family of five!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Fun and Relaxing in Tahoe City!
Honeymoon Cottage ~ One Dog Welcome!
Honeymoon Cottage ~ One Dog Welcome!
Tahoe City, CA

Situated in Tahoe City, this cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Tahoe City Marina and Watson Cabin Living Museum. Commons Beach Park and North Lake Tahoe Visitors ...

3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
Great Location walking distance to downtown

"I traveled to Tahoe with my mom and 15 month old and we had a great time at the honeymoon cabin. What we loved most was how close it was to downtown, we walked to the shops, restaurants and lake. A few suggestions for the property itself would be more hand towels and some wash cloths for the bathroom ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Honeymoon Cottage ~ One Dog Welcome!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Tahoe City

Hurricane Bay
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Hurricane Bay

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Hurricane Bay during your travels in Tahoe City. Amble around the area's lakeside or seek out the ski slopes.

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.

Top things to do in Tahoe City

1hr Single Kayak Rental
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1hr Single Kayak Rental

£38
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
North Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package
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North Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package

£41
Per adult
100% 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

£192
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
1hr Stand Up Paddleboard Rental
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1hr Stand Up Paddleboard Rental

£19
Per adult
Full Day Tandem Kayak Rental
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Full Day Tandem Kayak Rental

£84
Per adult
M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise
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M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise

£77
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend

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