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Lake Tahoe

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
3.5 out of 5
50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
RM193
per night
3 May-4 May

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Heavenly ...

3.6/5Good! (5,641 reviews)

"They let us check in early and was in close walking distance to everything."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
RM432
per night
3 May-4 May

Situated in the mountains, this resort is steps away from Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Heavenly Ski Resort and Lakeside ...

4.1/5Very Good! (6,862 reviews)

"Rooms were comfoable. Staff was extremely attentive."…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2020

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Harveys Resort & Casino
Harveys Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
Hwy 50 And Stateline Ave, Stateline, NV
RM213
per night
3 May-4 May

Situated in a national park, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Heavenly Valley, Heavenly Gondola, and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Heavenly Ski ...

3.8/5Good! (7,295 reviews)

"The property was accommodating to us for last minute needs. The staff were nice and made sure they took care of us."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Harveys Resort & Casino

Popular things to do 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.

Homewood Mountain Resort
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Homewood Mountain Resort

This intimate and sheltered ski retreat, popular with couples, families and small groups, offers spectacular lake views from its slopes.

Top activities in Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package
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South Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package

100% of travellers recommend
RM251
Per adult
South Lake Tahoe Snowboard Rental Delivery Package
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South Lake Tahoe Snowboard Rental Delivery Package

100% of travellers recommend
RM251
Per adult
Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour

92% of travellers recommend
RM775
Per adult
North Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package
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North Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package

100% of travellers recommend
RM268
Per adult
North Lake Tahoe Snowboard Rental Delivery Package
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North Lake Tahoe Snowboard Rental Delivery Package

RM268
Per adult
Park City Ski Rental Delivery Package
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Park City Ski Rental Delivery Package

RM277
Per adult

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Top 6 Winter Vacation Destinations

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On and off the slopes in Tahoe

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On and off the slopes in Tahoe
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South Lake Tahoe foodie guide

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South Lake Tahoe foodie guide
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Hiking Lake Tahoe with kids

Exploring the best of North Lake Tahoe with the family, on foot
Hiking Lake Tahoe with kids

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