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 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

Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
3901 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $58 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Situated in South Lake Tahoe, this hotel is steps from Heavenly Valley and Heavenly Ski Resort. Van Sickle Bi-State Park and Heavenly Gondola are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,243 reviews)
"Tahoe seasons has everything for a relaxing stay. The pool and hot tub are great as well as the steam/sauna room. Great place to get away from everyday stress."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $127 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in the mountains, this resort is within a 10-minute walk of Heavenly Gondola and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. The Shops at Heavenly Village ...
3.9/5Good! (3,189 reviews)
"We were disappointed in the complimentary breakfast. It was not creative or tasty"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Hotel Azure
Hotel Azure
3 out of 5
3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $107 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
This family-friendly South Lake Tahoe hotel is located in a shopping district, just steps from Lake Tahoe and El Dorado Beach. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake ...
4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)
"We loved this place... tastefully decorated and I loved how it was away from all the hustle and bustle of the casinos and Heavenly mall. Right across the street from a beach and bike trails nearby. Would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Hotel Azure
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.
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 $49 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Heavenly Valley and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe and ...
4/5Very Good! (2,382 reviews)
"Very nice property in an excellent location for Lake Tahoe."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe
Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe
4 out of 5
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $148 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Lakeside Park, this eco-friendly vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Heavenly Gondola and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. The Shops at ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,539 reviews)
"Cost a lot, offered little"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2021

Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe
Lakeland Village at Heavenly
Lakeland Village at Heavenly
3.5 out of 5
3535 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Nestled on the beach, this South Lake Tahoe condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of The Shops at Heavenly Village and Heavenly Ski Resort. Zephyr Cove Beach ...
3.9/5Good! (556 reviews)
"Very old unclean property , the location is perfect"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Lakeland Village at Heavenly
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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