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 RM425 per night from 18 Aug to 19 Aug
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! (1,543 reviews)
South Tahoe
"Great stay. Very clean."

Reviewed on 12 Aug 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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM661 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
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! (2,398 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Quick checkin."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Station House Inn
Station House Inn
3 out of 5
901 Park Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is RM627 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,009 reviews)
"liked the amenities provided...front desk, pool, restaurant, pleasant outdoor seating areas"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2022

Station House Inn
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
The price is RM550 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
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! (2,641 reviews)
"Property is walking distance to the lake, restaurants and marketplace. It is family friendly with a court yard for grilling and lounging, a game room, heated pool, and jacuzzi. My only complaint would be that parking was across the street."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
Lakeland Village at Heavenly
Lakeland Village at Heavenly
3.5 out of 5
3535 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is RM852 per night from 13 Sep to 14 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a private beach. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.9/5 Good! (647 reviews)
"Great location and lots of space"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Lakeland Village at Heavenly
Marriott's Timber Lodge
Marriott's Timber Lodge
4 out of 5
4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is RM942 per night from 29 Aug to 30 Aug
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! (1,573 reviews)
Great!
"A wonderful family stay in Tahoe at the Timber Lodge. Hotel was modern, lively and just a pleasure all around with its location and convenience to so much. The valet and guest care texting services were super smooth and responsive. Everybody was great. The pool, kids sprinklers and 3 hot tubs were ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2022

Marriott's Timber Lodge
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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