South Lake Tahoe, CA

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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 toHeavenly 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, 96150
The price is $57 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,507 reviews)
"This property has great amenities and is close to everything. I will definitely return for another visit"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is $119 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly resort in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,264 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
3.5 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is $124 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,672 reviews)
"Every employee was very friendly and helpful. Great crew."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

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.
Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe
Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe
4 out of 5
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly vacation home in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a health club. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,624 reviews)
"The property was great, great location and close to everything. Walking distance to many shops and restaurants. Service was great!"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
3.5 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,672 reviews)
"Every employee was very friendly and helpful. Great crew."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Marriott's Timber Lodge
Marriott's Timber Lodge
4 out of 5
4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Stay at this 4-star ski aparthotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,592 reviews)
"I didn't like that we had to pay for Valet services when I booked this property it states that parking was included. When I got there there was option but Valet. That pretty much left a bad taste in my mouth but I had no choice. Went to front desk and showed them that Expedia had parking included ..."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

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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