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Lake Tahoe, CA
Travel Guide

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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.

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Where to stay in Lake Tahoe

Harveys Resort & Casino
Harveys Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
Hwy 50 And Stateline Ave, Stateline, NV
The price is $99 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Situated in a national park, this spa resort is steps from Casino at Harveys Lake Tahoe and Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at ...
3.5/5Good! (2,634 reviews)
"No coffee machine In a VERY EXPENSIVE ROOM Bathroom was Nice. Resort FEES EXCESSIVE 😩. No MICROWAVE 😳 Staff was Very Nice 👍"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Harveys Resort & Casino
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 $129 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is steps from Casino at MontBleu Lake Tahoe and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and ...
3.4/5Good! (5,927 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $188 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Situated in the mountains, this resort is steps from Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Casino at Harveys ...
3.9/5Good! (3,350 reviews)
"Nice and clean"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
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.
Olympic Village Inn
Olympic Village Inn
3 out of 5
1909 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, CA
Situated in Olympic Valley, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Squaw Valley Adventure Center and Aerial Tram Ski Lift. Resort at Squaw Creek Golf ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (82 reviews)
"A hidden gem in one of the most beautiful places in the entire Lake Tahoe area. Nice and friendly staff always attentive to answering your questions. Family friendly…"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Olympic Village Inn
Cedar Pines Resort
Cedar Pines Resort
3 out of 5
1234 Melba Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Situated in South Lake Tahoe, this cabin is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Barton Memorial Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Magic Carpet Golf and Washoe Meadows State ...
3.9/5Good! (104 reviews)
"Great rustic ambience with modern conveniences. My son loved the loft area and I was glad to have a pretty stocked kitchen and kitchenware to use. It’s very cozy and very quiet. There’s 1 designated parking and a lot of shops and groceries close by. The Lake is a 10 min drive. We brought a little ..."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Cedar Pines Resort
The Cozy Aspen Condos Next to Heavenly ski Resort 2 BR With Loft
The Cozy Aspen Condos Next to Heavenly ski Resort 2 BR With Loft
Stateline, NV
Situated in Stateline, this condo building is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Heavenly Valley and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Heavenly Gondola and The ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Great time at a great property!
"Overall, the space was wonderful and accommodated most of our needs. It was an easy walk to Heavenly and not far from town. We had plenty of space for our family and friends and will definitely be back for our next vaca."

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

The Cozy Aspen Condos Next to Heavenly ski Resort 2 BR With Loft
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.

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