Tahoe City, CA

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Inspiration Point Vista

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 Tahoe City

Americas Best Value Inn Lake Tahoe-Tahoe City
Americas Best Value Inn Lake Tahoe-Tahoe City
2 out of 5
455 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA
The price is $91 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in the heart of Tahoe City, this golf motel is steps from Lake Tahoe, Watson Cabin Living Museum, and Watson Cabin Museum. Commons Beach Park and Tahoe ...
3.9/5Very Good! (925 reviews)
"Service very nice"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Americas Best Value Inn Lake Tahoe-Tahoe City
Pepper Tree Inn
Pepper Tree Inn
3 out of 5
645 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $109 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in the heart of Tahoe City, this motel is steps from Watson Cabin Living Museum and Tahoe City Marina. Commons Beach Park and North Lake Tahoe Visitors ...
3.9/5Very Good! (972 reviews)
"Wonderful staff, accessible by text, and amazing location. We parked our car and didn’t get in it again until it was time to leave!"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Pepper Tree Inn
Basecamp Tahoe City
Basecamp Tahoe City
3 out of 5
955 North Lake Blvd, P.O. Box 6328, Tahoe City, CA
The price is $179 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Tahoe City Marina and Watson Cabin Living Museum. Commons Beach Park and North Lake Tahoe Visitors ...
4.4/5Excellent! (415 reviews)

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Basecamp Tahoe City
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 City House: Modern A-Frame w/ Large Deck!
Tahoe City House: Modern A-Frame w/ Large Deck!
Tahoe City, CA
Located in Lake Forest, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tahoe City Field Station and Tahoe ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Beautiful views but filthy
"Upon arrival the location was beautiful however the home was filthy the couch smells like throw up the floors were filled with dog hair the kitchen was dirty the bedroom Comforters had stains on it for having such a high cleaning fee I’m very disappointed"

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Tahoe City House: Modern A-Frame w/ Large Deck!
Fun and Relaxing in Tahoe City!
Fun and Relaxing in Tahoe City!
Tahoe City, CA
This family-friendly Tahoe City cabin is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken Resort Ski Area and St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)
Cozy a frame cabin
"Lovely location. Comfortable beds. Well stocked kitchen"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Fun and Relaxing in Tahoe City!
Kennedy: Unique "Dome Home" on West Shore of Tahoe
Kennedy: Unique "Dome Home" on West Shore of Tahoe
Tahoe City, CA
This family-friendly Tahoe City vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tahoe and St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. Granlibakken Resort Ski Area and Gatekeeper's ...
4/5Very Good! (12 reviews)
Tahoe dome house
"Very comfortable 3 br house, which was spotlessly clean. New mattresses were very comfortable. My only suggestion would be better towels and some deck furniture."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Kennedy: Unique "Dome Home" on West Shore of 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.

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