Tahoe City

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.

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