South Lake Tahoe

Travel Guide
Emerald Bay State Park showing general coastal views
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 centre 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 centre 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 centre to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Admire the views from the observation deck perched on a 9,123-foot (2,780-metre) 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-metre) 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 centre. 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

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 out of 5
931 Park Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is RM226 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec
RM226
per night
1 Dec - 2 Dec
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,444 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2022

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is RM535 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov
RM535
per night
27 Nov - 28 Nov
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly resort in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,196 reviews)
"Nice place to stay"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2022

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
3901 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is RM299 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov
RM299
per night
29 Nov - 30 Nov
Stay at this 3-star hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy a rooftop terrace, room service and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,091 reviews)
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Reviewed on 23 Nov 2022

Tahoe Seasons Resort by Diamond Resorts
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.
Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
3.5 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,700 reviews)
"Great location, pretty, nice people, all very well, except that it is the first time that I am in a hotel and they do not clean the room or change towels, I had to ask for them"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2022

Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
Marriott's Timber Lodge
Marriott's Timber Lodge
4 out of 5
4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Stay at this 4-star ski aparthotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 hot tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,615 reviews)
"Spacious and clean. Friendly staff"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2022

Marriott's Timber Lodge
Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe
Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe
4 out of 5
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly holiday home in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a health club. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,647 reviews)
"The staff at the property was so kind and gracious"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2022

Marriott Grand Residence Club, 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.

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