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Lake TahoeUnited States of America

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.

Top hotels in Lake Tahoe

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM287 per night from 8 Oct to 9 Oct

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is steps away from Casino at MontBleu Lake Tahoe and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. Casino at Harrah's ...

3.5/5Good! (5,325 reviews)

"Our only complaint was there was no mini fridge in our hotel room. The rest was fabulous and the Oyster Bar was delicious!! Worth the wait!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
4 out of 5
The price is RM262 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

This family-friendly Stateline hotel is located in the mountains, steps away from Casino at MontBleu Lake Tahoe, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe and Casino ...

3.7/5Good! (2,078 reviews)

"A lot of wait to get a drink when you play on slot machine. There was just one waiter for the whole casino. The girl was amazing doing her best to bring the drinks quickly. At least if there was two or three, there will be good like before."…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2020

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM412 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct

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

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 21 Sep 2020

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
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 Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Village Condos
Heavenly Village Condos
4 out of 5
The price is RM499 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

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

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 28 Sep 2020

Heavenly Village Condos
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM221 per night from 19 Oct to 20 Oct

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

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

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

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2020

Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
Grand Residences by Marriott, Lake Tahoe
4 out of 5
The price is RM474 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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

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 29 Sep 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 Lake Tahoe

Heavenly Ski Resort
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Heavenly Ski Resort

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, climbing and partying at this massive resort with heavenly views of Lake Tahoe and the desert.

Squaw Valley Resort
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Squaw Valley Resort

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Two expansive ski resorts in North Lake Tahoe have joined to provide some of the finest snow experiences on the whole continent, with an added dash of celebrity sparkle.

Northstar California Resort
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Northstar California Resort

When you picture California, sunny beaches, surf, and the sea are sure to come to mind first. Don't forget that snow is falling down on the mountain, making Northstar Ski Resort one of the top destinations when ski season arrives. 

Heavenly Gondola
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Heavenly Gondola

4.5/5(7 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.

Sugar Bowl
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Sugar Bowl

This Bavarian-style ski resort with spa, restaurants, shops and powdery slopes is a favorite with visitors year-round.

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
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Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

5/5(1 review)

Beginner and advanced snow enthusiasts alike have their pick from more than 100 trails funneling down from two mountain peaks at this winter sports destination.

Top things to do in Lake Tahoe

Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour

RM750
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

RM276
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

RM251
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Half Day (3hr) Single Kayak Rental
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Half Day (3hr) Single Kayak Rental

RM209
Per adult
1hr Stand Up Paddleboard Rental
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1hr Stand Up Paddleboard Rental

RM105
Per adult
Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

RM292
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Truckee showing a small town or village, snow and a river or creek

Truckee

Emerald Bay State Park featuring mountains, a garden and landscape views

South Lake Tahoe

Squaw Valley Resort featuring snow, mountains and a gondola

Olympic Valley