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South Lake TahoeUnited States of America

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 to Heavenly 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

South Lake Tahoe

Lakeside Park

4/5Very Good!(665 area reviews)

Lakeside Park might not have many top sights, but Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Lakeside Park
Snowmobiling in the back country. Enchanting!!

Al Tahoe

4.5/5Wonderful!(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
Awe...the Sierra Nevada. 🌲

Tahoe Paradise

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

While Tahoe Paradise might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Tahoe Paradise Golf Course and Lake Tahoe Golf Course.

Tahoe Paradise
I was caught in a snowstorm and Fireside Lodge's red vacancy sign saved me. I loved every minute of my unplanned stay there. Beautiful view out the windows, excellent room, friendly hosts, with wine, cheese, and hot chocolate in the lodge. #Trovember #LifeAtExpedia

Tahoe Island

5/5Exceptional!(12 area reviews)

Tahoe Island might not have many top sights, but Lake Tahoe Balloons and Pope Beach are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Tahoe Island
"Tahoe" fence behind Brothers Bar & Grill

Y Area

3/5(10 area reviews)

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

Y Area
#Delicious Y3K roll after a long gorgeous trip around Lake Tahoe. Samurai Restaurant is a cozy, intimate spot serving amazing sushi. Don't miss this little gem!

Sierra Tract

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While Sierra Tract might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena and Lake Tahoe Balloons.

Sierra Tract

Top Hotels in South 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 $99 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

Situated in the mountains, this resort is steps from Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola, and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and ...

3.9/5Good! (3,235 reviews)

"It was very good experience with Covid 19 , rooms are very clean ,front disk Sally was very helpful and she did help us a lot ."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
4003 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $47 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in South Lake Tahoe, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola, and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Casino at Harveys ...

3.6/5Good! (930 reviews)

"Hotel Becket offers comfort and affordability. Our stay began on a Thursday and ended on Sunday. Parking became more and more limited throughout the weekend. Saturday afternoon we could not find parking upon returning from a hike. The pool is in an obscure location and not very big. The room was ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 out of 5
931 Park Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $53 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

With direct access to the beach, this South Lake Tahoe hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola, and The Shops at Heavenly Village. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,733 reviews)

"The employees who I interacted with were all nice and helpful. The room was very clean and comfortable. Great location."…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
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.

Vacation Rentals in South Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Village Condos
Heavenly Village Condos
4 out of 5
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $120 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out condo resort in South Lake Tahoe is within a 5-minute walk of The Shops at Heavenly Village and Heavenly Gondola ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (760 reviews)

"Very clean and spacious. Did a good job with sanitizing and social distancing. The property is a bit loud though, you can hear everything people upstairs or across the hall are doing."…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Heavenly Village Condos
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $59 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

Situated near the beach, this condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola, and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Heavenly Ski Resort ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,939 reviews)

"Closed to restaurants and water. 24 hrs shuttle was available"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
4 out of 5
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $114 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 16

Located in Lakeside Park, this condo resort is within a 5-minute walk of Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola, and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Casino at Harveys ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,362 reviews)

"Everything was excellent. I wish they had allowed self parking. Its not that I don't want to pay, I just tend to forget stuff in the car and when I self park, its easier to just head back to the car to fetch your stuff. With Valet parking, we have to wait for the valets to get the cars."…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
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 South Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Gondola
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Heavenly Gondola

4.5/5(970 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.

The Shops at Heavenly Village
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The Shops at Heavenly Village

4.5/5(1,468 reviews)

With a visit to The Shops at Heavenly Village, a favorite shopping spot in South Lake Tahoe, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Stroll along the lakeside in this quaint area, or seek out the ski slopes.

Lakeside Beach
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Lakeside Beach

4.5/5(368 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Lakeside Beach, a popular beach in South Lake Tahoe. In the area, take in the entertainment choices and mountain views.

Regan Beach
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Regan Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Regan Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to South Lake Tahoe. Stroll along the area's lakeside or experience its entertainment choices.

Pope Beach
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Pope Beach

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Take the family to this well-equipped long strip of soft white sand, where the clean, clear waters of southern Lake Tahoe gently lap the shore.

Heavenly Valley
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Heavenly Valley

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Heavenly Valley during your travels in Lake Tahoe.

Top things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour

$179
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Guided Pony Express Trail Tour to Virginia City with Historic Train Ride
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Guided Pony Express Trail Tour to Virginia City with Historic Train Ride

$65
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Guided Lake Tahoe & Olympic Valley Luxury Shuttle Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe & Olympic Valley Luxury Shuttle Tour

$60
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
1hr Single Kayak Rental
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1hr Single Kayak Rental

$50
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
South Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package
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South Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package

$58
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Emerald Bay Tour
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Emerald Bay Tour

$87
Per adult

Reviews of South Lake Tahoe

4.6

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.219269102990033%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 23, 2020

one of the most beautiful places you can visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Overal it's an awesome place to visit if you're looking to get away from the city life, and if you miss the city you can just cross the state line and you got casinos.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Great place to visit. Lots to do, gambling, shows, excellent skiing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing. And of course there is Lake Tahoe which makes this are unique.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

South lake Tahoe is starting to lose that friendly welcoming feeling that it used to have. I lived there for several years late 90's through 2012 and can really see the changes not good one's

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

I loved all the snow it was beautiful.

4/5 - Good

GT

Mar 11, 2020

Close to Heavenly ski resort California main lodge.

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