South Lake Tahoe, CA

Travel Guide
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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

Sugar Bowl showing mountains, landscape views and snow

Al Tahoe

4.5/5(80 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Al Tahoe, Regan Beach and El Dorado Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Al Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe

Lakeside Park

4/5(665 area reviews)

Lakeside Park might not have many top sights, but Casino at Harveys Lake Tahoe and Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Lakeside Park
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Tahoe Meadows

While Tahoe Meadows isn't home to many top sights, Casino at Harveys Lake Tahoe and Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe are some notable places to visit nearby.

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Tahoe Keys

Though Tahoe Keys might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Lake Tahoe Balloons and Pope Beach.

Tahoe Keys
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Montgomery Estates

5/5(2 area reviews)

Though Montgomery Estates might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Heavenly Valley Creek and Bijou Community Park.

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North Upper Truckee

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in North Upper Truckee and surrounding area, you can visit Lake Tahoe Golf Course and Mt. Tallac Trail.

North Upper Truckee
Margaritaville Resort Lake Tahoe
Margaritaville Resort Lake Tahoe
4 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $116 per night from May 27 to May 28
$116
$181 total
includes taxes & fees
May 27 - May 28
Book a stay at this business-friendly resort in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (345 reviews)
"We liked everything about our stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful and went put if their way to make sure we were happy. Room was well decorated quiet and comfortable! Shower was awesome! We enjoyed all the meals and drinks we had and would recommend to others."

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Margaritaville Resort Lake Tahoe
Quality Inn South Lake Tahoe
Quality Inn South Lake Tahoe
2.5 out of 5
4127 Pine Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $80 per night from May 22 to May 23
$80
$95 total
includes taxes & fees
May 22 - May 23
Book a stay at this beach hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
7.8/10 Good! (1,002 reviews)
"The room was a good size, two queen beds, very comfortable. We had a lovely bathroom with a great shower and large sink. It felt like a newly done space."

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Quality Inn South Lake Tahoe
Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort South
Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort South
4 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $105 per night from May 22 to May 23
$105
$154 total
includes taxes & fees
May 22 - May 23
Stay at this hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and valet parking (surcharge). Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
8/10 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Awesome experience!!! Can’t wait to stay again!!!"

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort South
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.
Tahoe Beach & Ski Club
Tahoe Beach & Ski Club
3 out of 5