LAKE TAHOE

Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe is California's premier year-round playground. With camping, fishing and boating in the summer, and alpine skiing, ice skating and gambling in the winter, there is always plenty of fun to be had in Tahoe. At 22-miles in length and 12-miles across, Lake Tahoe is California's largest Alpine lake. But it doesn't belong to California alone because the California Nevada state line runs right through the middle. On the Nevada side of the borders are several large-scale casinos offering gambling, dining and entertainment. World-renowned ski resorts like Heavenly and Squaw Valley are among over twenty downhill & cross-country ski resorts in the region. Lake Tahoe activities include white water rafting, mountain biking, snowshoeing, water-skiing, hiking, swimming and so much more. Summer is the busy season at Tahoe when it can be quite crowded. Driving around Tahoe Lake can be a bumper-to-bumper experience. Winter is often deserted and with so many ski resorts, deals are easily found and slopes can be relatively empty. Consider a day at one of the lesser known, but just as fun, Tahoe ski resorts like Mt. Rose, Homewood or Diamond Peak.

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State Parks

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe - image provided by Zephyr Cove Resort

Sand Harbor State Park is situated on the northeast shore of Lake Tahoe and is one of the most popular beaches in Tahoe offering swimming, picnicking and unparalleled beauty. Enjoy sunbathing or swimming from the sandy beach or photographing the boulder-laden turquoise shoreline that Tahoe is known for worldwide. Sand Harbor is undoubtedly the most photographed location in all of Tahoe's 71-miles of shoreline. MORE DETAILS


D.L. Bliss State Park is situated on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe and features hiking trails and panoramic vistas of the lake. Enjoy a hike on Balancing Rock Nature Trail with its precariously perched, 130 ton granite boulder. Activities at D.L. Bliss State Park include lake camping, fishing, hiking and swimming. MORE DETAILS


Emerald Bay State Park was once separated from Lake Tahoe and contains some of the clearest water on the lake. A featured attraction is the Vikingsholm, which is a small stone castle-like home of Scandinavian architecture and is now managed by the park. Activities at Emerald Bay State Park include swimming boating, lake camping and hiking. MORE DETAILS


Sugarpine Point State Park is situated in a pristine forest on the western shore of Lake Tahoe. A featured attraction is Hellman-Ehrman Mansion built in 1903 - also known as Pine Lodge. Activities at Sugarpine Point State Park include fishing, swimming, hiking and cross-country skiing on groomed trails. MORE DETAILS


Attractions

Old Jail Museum is located north of Tahoe in Truckee. It's housed in an historic jail that was used from 1875 to 1964. Notorious characters that have spent time in the 'Bastille' include Baby Face Nelson, Ma Spinelli and Machine Gun Kelly. Old Jail Museum exhibits focus on local history of lumbering, ice harvesting, film, gambling and bootlegging. MORE DETAILS


Western SkiSport Museum is situated at the Boreal Ski Resort. It showcases the history of snow sports including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and Alpine skiing. Western SkiSport Museum exhibit topics include the 1960 Winter Olympics, mail carrier Snowshoe Thompson, 10th Mountain Division, Western Ski Hall of Fame, early ski resorts and more. MORE DETAILS


Taylor Creek viewing window

Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located in South Lake Tahoe and offers short paved walking trails through wetlands along Taylor Creek. Rainbow Trail has a Stream Profile Chamber where a portion of Taylor Creek is diverted along side a below-ground viewing chamber for salmon and rainbow trout. Souvenirs and reference materials such as nature books and maps are available at the visitor center. MORE DETAILS


Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm was constructed in the late 1920's of a castle-like Scandinavian design. It features stone walls, intricately carved wood framing, a sod roof and period furnishings. Tours of the interior are held during summer months. The Tea House portion of Vikingsholm is situated atop a small island in the middle of Emerald Bay. MORE DETAILS


Winter Olympics Museum is situated mid-mountain at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort. Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics and all kinds of memorabilia from the event can be viewed at the museum. Take time to rent ice skates and skim across the Olympic-sized ice skating arena with astounding panoramic views of the Tahoe region. Other amenities found at High Camp include a huge heated swimming lagoon, hot tubs, restaurants and shops. MORE DETAILS


Tallac Historic Site features several wooden structures built in the late 1800's to the early 1900's that once comprised an elite, lakeside resort community. Today the property is maintained and managed by the U.S. Forest Service and offers a glimpse into the luxury living of a bygone era. Also available at the Tallac Historic Site is a museum, tours and concert & theatre events through the summer. MORE DETAILS


Lake Tahoe Dam and Gatekeeper's Cabin

Gatekeeper's Cabin is a reconstruction of an early Tahoe cabin with a Native American basket collection. The cabin was originally used by the Gatekeeper who controlled the flow of water out of Lake Tahoe. The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum is a phenomenal collection of baskets, pottery, jewelry, clothing and tools from Indian tribes throughout California and North America. MORE DETAILS


Thunderbird Lodge is an historic 1936 home resembling a castle. This National Historic Site features a lodge, lighthouse, card house, boathouse and many servant and guest quarters. The boathouse contains the Thunderbird Yacht, which is one of the most exquisite examples of wooden pleasure boats found in the world. MORE DETAILS


Watson Cabin is an early pioneer home built in 1908 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Watson's were one of the first year-round residents of Tahoe. Period furnishings and decor offer a glimpse into the lives of these early pioneers. MORE DETAILS


Hellman-Ehrman Mansion was once considered one of the finest lodges in the Sierras and featured the most modern utilities of the day. Also known as 'Pine Lodge' the home today stands as one of the finest examples of opulent living in Tahoe. Tours are held July through Labor Day in September. MORE DETAILS


Emigrant Trail Museum features exhibits on Native Americans, early pioneers, the Donner Party and more. Thousands of people migrated to California during the gold rush including the ill fated Donner Party. Pioneer Monument is a short distance from the museum and marks the location of one of the Donner Party's camps. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe Maritime Museum focuses on the history of Tahoe including prohibition, pleasure boating and more. More than 30 vessels are on display from steam-powered boats to works of art like Chris Crafts and Gar Woods that have almost become synonymous with Tahoe. Other exhibits include a raised sunken vessel, boat engines, motors and historic photographs. MORE DETAILS


Waterfalls with easy access are located along the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. From 60 to 200 feet tall, these waterfalls are best viewed in spring and early summer. Eagle and Cascade Falls are both located near Emerald Bay, while Glen Alpine Falls is located at Fallen Leaf Lake. MORE DETAILS


Donner Lake

Many other lakes are located throughout the Tahoe region including Donner Lake, Caples Lake and Topaz Lake. MORE DETAILS


INCLINE VILLAGE

Activities

Tahoe ski resorts are some of the best in the nation. Whether it be Heavenly Ski Resort where you can ski in both California and Nevada on the same run with expansive lake views, Mt. Rose for its high altitude peak where the snow is always the deepest and best, or Squaw Valley Ski Resort for its huge bowls and Olympic history, Tahoe has something for every level of skiing or snowboarding. MORE DETAILS


Snowshoeing Spooner Lake

Cross-country trails are available at several locations throughout the Tahoe region. Choose from Royal Gorge, one of the largest cross-country resorts in the nation, or one of the many lakeside locations offering everything from groomed trails along access roads to steep mountain traverses. MORE DETAILS


Several Tahoe ski resorts have ice skating rinks including Northstar, Squaw Valley, Kirkwood and Heavenly. The skating rink at Squaw Valley Ski Resort is and outdoor arena situated mid-mountain and was used during the 1966 Winter Olympics. It has been rated one of the top locations for ice skating in the nation. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe snowmobiling - image provided by Zephyr Cove Resort

Visit a state run Snow Park or go through one of several companies that offer rentals, lessons and group excursions. MORE DETAILS


Dog sledding is available south of Tahoe in Hope Valley and at Sugar Bowl & Squaw Valley ski resorts. Bundle up with your loved one and whisk through forest trails using only dog power. MORE DETAILS


Lake Tahoe can yield huge lunkers. Kokanee Salmon and 3 different species of trout including Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout populate the lake. It's not unheard of to haul in a trout more than 3-feet in length upwards of 30 pounds. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe boating - image provided by Zephyr Cove Resort

Personal watercraft, speedboats, ski boats, sailboats, fishing charters and classic wood cruisers all have room to play on the 12 by 24-mile surface of Lake Tahoe. Choose to put-in your own vessel, rent from one of many harbors along the shoreline, or join a charter for sailing, fishing or a dinner cruise. MORE DETAILS


Sail across Lake Tahoe on one of several sailing charters available around the lake. Catch the brisk Sierra Nevada winds and glide across the deep blue waters. MORE DETAILS


Boat tours include classic wooden cruisers to a high-speed thrill ride, or a luxury yacht. Many Lake Tahoe boating options are available. MORE DETAILS


Mountain Biking trails of varying difficulty are available throughout Tahoe. Choose from mountain bike parks that offer a ski lift ride up and all downhill ride down, cranking through State Park wilderness to remote Alpine lakes, or traversing the renowned 'Flume Trail'. MORE DETAILS


Parasailing is available at several beaches around the lake. View the Mediterranean-blue waters of Lake Tahoe like few others have seen. Safely take off and land from the deck of a parasail boat. MORE DETAILS


Soar over Lake Tahoe from a specially modified boat that functions like a mini-aircraft carrier. Take off in a hot air balloon from the lake and land on the lake. MORE DETAILS


There are several public golf courses throughout the Tahoe region. From the historic, 9-hole, Old Brockway to the incredibly scenic Edgewood, find a Tahoe golf course to suit your game. MORE DETAILS


River Rafting

White Water Rafting is available in the Truckee and Carson Rivers. Several professional outfitters offer guided tours through class II & III rapids, or rent a raft and do it on your own. MORE DETAILS


Hiking trails are located all around Tahoe. Choose from the wheelchair accessible Rainbow Trail that parallels Taylor Creek to the more difficult and widely known Flume Trail on the east side of Tahoe. Many trails lead to high peaks, cascading waterfalls and isolated Alpine lakes. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe horseback riding - image provided by Zephyr Cove Resort

Horseback Riding is available at a half dozen stables throughout the Tahoe region. Choose from easy lakeside treks to mountain trails leading to waterfalls and panoramic views. MORE DETAILS


Follow the astoundingly picturesque Truckee River on a paved bike path. Choose to walk, bike, rollerblade, jog or fish this popular Tahoe attraction. MORE DETAILS


M.S.Dixie II

Cruise across Lake Tahoe aboard the Tahoe Gal, M.S.Dixie II or Tahoe Queen. Enjoy panoramic views from anywhere inside, the outdoor upper deck, or follow the bottom through a glass-bottom viewing table. Tours depart several times daily from multiple locations. MORE DETAILS


Follow the shores of Lake Tahoe aboard luxury yachts and paddlewheel boats. Sip champagne, sample hors d'oeuvres and dine on entrees like Alaskan salmon medallions, roast turkey breast, Angus beef top sirloin, macadamia-crusted mahi-mahi and more. Lake Tahoe dinner cruises depart at dusk each night from Zephyr Cove. MORE DETAILS


Soar silently through the sky for up to 30 minutes in a glider plane while taking in views of Lake Tahoe, Donner Lake and the western Sierras. Gliders are motorless planes that are towed by another plane using a cable. Once altitude is achieved, the tow cable is released setting the glider free in the wind. MORE DETAILS


Strap on a climbing harnesses and helmet and enjoy the thrill of this Treetop Adventure Park complete with bridges and zip lines anywhere from 15 to 50 feet in the air. Over 50 bridges & platforms cater to all ages and abilities include Monkey Courses and Flying Squirrel Courses for ages 5+. MORE DETAILS


Several trails and roads throughout Tahoe allow off-roading for dirt bikes, ATV and 4x4. Explore the National Forest trails surrounding the lake or head out for a multi-day trip deep into the wilderness on the Rubicon Trail. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe Adventure Company offers a multitude of outdoor adventure tours like kayak tours, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) tours, mountain bike tours, hiking tours, rock climbing tours and more. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe Jack's Adventure Authority is located in Zephyr Cove on the southeast shore of Lake Tahoe. They specialize in a multitude of outdoor tours and adventures including by kayak, mountain bike, paddleboard SUP, kiteboard, snowshoe, hiking, snorkeling, backpacking, rock climbing and more. MORE DETAILS


Beaches

North Tahoe Beach is located just west of the Highway 28 and 267 junction in North Lake Tahoe. North Tahoe Beach features a small sandy beach with plenty of shade trees and is known for its long expanse of shallow water. Amenities include a parking lot, grass picnic area, picnic tables, BBQ area, volleyball courts and restrooms. A grocery store is directly across the street for food and drinks.
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Kings Beach is located east of the Highway 28 and 267 junction in North Lake Tahoe. Kings Beach features a large sandy beach with a pier offering small boat rentals. Amenities include a parking lot, playground, basketball half-court, restrooms and grassy area. A beach-side grill shares the beach parking lot. A small dog beach can be found off Coon Street at the east end of Kings Beach.
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Commons Beach is located north of the Highway 28 and 89 on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe. Commons Beach features a small sandy beach that turns rocky heading north. The sand turns rocky past the shoreline, so it's not known as good swimming beach. Amenities include a small parking lot, large playground complete with a mini-climbing wall, grass area, BBQs and restrooms. Commons Beach hosts summer events like concerts and movies on the beach.
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Burnt Cedar Beach is located off Lakeshore Boulevard in North Lake Tahoe. Situated in Incline Village, a day pass is required for beach access but with it comes a small beach cove, various types of paddle boat rentals, grass picnic area, BBQs, volleyball court, Olympic-sized pool, kiddie pool and snack bar. Burnt Cedar Beach even comes with lounge chairs.
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Incline Beach Sunset

Incline Beach is located off Lakeshore Boulevard in North Lake Tahoe. Incline Beach features a large sandy beach backed by a grass park with mature pine trees. Amenities include public restrooms, picnic tables, barbecue grills and a playground. Incline Beach is neighbor to Ski Beach which is a private beach that is sometimes accessible with volleyball courts, a bocce ball court, boat launch ramp and more.
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Secret Beach is located off Highway 28 between Incline Village and Sand Harbor in North Lake Tahoe. Access by parking along Highway 28 and follow the narrow dirt trails to the beach. Secret Beach offers a small narrow sand beach with few crowds due to limited parking.
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Sand Harbor State Park is located south of Incline Village off Highway 28. Situated on the northeast shore of Lake Tahoe, Sand Harbor is without a doubt Tahoe's most photographed section of lake. Stacks of rounded boulders protruding from the Mediterranean turquoise and blue water make Sand Harbor a mecca for photographers and beach goers alike. Sand Harbor features three sandy beach coves that vary in size. Amenities included a visitor center, fee parking, picnic areas, snack bar & grill, BBQs, restrooms, boat launch, boat anchoring, vista trails and kayak rentals. Every summer Sand Harbor hosts the Shakespeare Festival on the beach. Sand Harbor is one of the most popular beaches in Tahoe so parking lots fill quick during the summer.
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Chimney Beach is located on the east shore of Lake Tahoe off Highway 28. Watch for the unmarked turnout between Incline Village and Spooner Lake. Park in the small parking lot and follow the dirt trail down to the shoreline. Chimney Beach features several small beach coves with limited accessibility. Chimney Beach is one of the most secluded beaches in Tahoe. The smaller, more secluded coves can sometimes be clothing-optional nude beaches. No facilities.
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Cave Rock State Park is located on the east shore of Lake Tahoe off Highway 50. Situated just south of the Cave Rock tunnels, Cave Rock Beach is a small beach cove adjacent to a large parking lot with a boat launch ramp. Minimal amenities include a few picnic tables and restrooms.
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Zephyr Cove is located on the southeast shore of Lake Tahoe off Highway 50. Zephyr Cove is a full-scale resort with cabins, camping, dining, activities, tour boats, rentals and more. Zephyr Cove features a large sandy beach with several concession piers. Amenities include a bar & grill, beach chairs & umbrellas, volleyball courts and restrooms. Beach boat rentals include paddle boats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUP). Other boat rentals include powerboats, ski boats, pontoon boats, WaveRunners and equipment like water skis, wakeboards, knee boards, tubes, towables and wetsuits. Tours from Zephyr Cove include a paddlewheel boat, dinner cruise, parasailing and more.
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El Dorado Beach is located in South Lake Tahoe off Highway 50. El Dorado Beach features a small sandy beach in a busy section of south shore. Amenities include two parking lots, a boat launch ramp, picnic area with shade trees, BBQs, restrooms, and stand-up paddleboard, personal watercraft and kayak rentals.
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Pope Beach is located in South Lake Tahoe off Highway 89. Situated approximately 2-miles northwest of the Highway 50 and 89 junction, Pope Beach features a long narrow beach with plenty of parking, picnic areas, shade trees and restrooms. Pope Beach connects seamlessly with Jameson Beach and the Camp Richardson Resort to the west.
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Jameson Beach is located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe off Highway 89. Jameson Beach is situated at the Camp Richardson Resort which features cabins, a campground, lakeside bar & grill, ice cream parlor, general store, coffee & chocolate store, horseback riding stables and personal watercraft rentals. Jameson Beach is a long sand beach that connects seamlessly with Pope Beach to the east. Beach boat rentals include paddle boats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUP). Other boat rentals include powerboats, ski boats, pontoon boats, WaveRunners, SeaDoo and water ski equipment.
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Kiva Beach is located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe off Highway 89. Situated approximately 2½-miles northwest of the Highway 50 and 89 junction. Turn off Highway 89 at the Tallac Historic Site & Kiva Picnic Area and veer left to the Kiva Beach parking lot. Follow the dirt trail a short distance from parking lot to Kiva Beach. Kiva features a small cove beach next to Taylor Creek that is a popular dog beach. Restrooms are available at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.
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Baldwin Beach is located on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe off Highway 89. Situated approximately 3-miles northwest of the Highway 50 and 89 junction. Turn off Highway 89 just west of the Taylor Creek Visitor Center at Baldwin Beach Road. Baldwin Beach is flanked on both sides by Taylor Creek and features a large sandy beach with restrooms located at two separate parking lots.
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Meeks Bay is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe of Highway 89. Meeks Bay is a full-scale resort with lodging, cabins, a campground, bar & grill, marina and boat launch ramp. Meeks Bay Beach is a large sandy beach with a picnic area and restrooms. Boat rentals include paddle boats, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUP).
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Casinos

Tahoe Biltmore Casino

Tahoe Biltmore is a full-scale casino & hotel located in the north shore community of Crystal Bay. This state-line casino also offers a restaurant, café and live entertainment. MORE DETAILS


Cal-Neva is a small-scale casino with a large hotel. The Cal-Neva is actually split by the California Nevada border. It has a rich Hollywood history and was owned by Frank Sinatra for a short period of time. MORE DETAILS


Crystal Bay Club is a small-scale casino with extras like a steak & lobster house, patio grill and live entertainment. MORE DETAILS


Hyatt casino, Incline Village

Hyatt Regency is a full-service resort located in the upscale North Lake Tahoe community of Incline Village. They feature a casino, hotel, multiple bars and restaurants including lakeside dining, private beach, swim-out pool and more. MORE DETAILS


Montbleu Casino is a luxurious state-line resort found in South Lake Tahoe. They feature a casino, high-rise hotel, spa services, lagoon-style indoor pool and multiple restaurants, cafés, bars and lounges. Formerly Ceasars Tahoe. MORE DETAILS


Harveys Casino, South Lake Tahoe

Harveys Lake Tahoe features a casino, high-rise hotel, restaurants and entertainment in south Tahoe. Restaurant choices include a Hard Rock Café and Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina and The Improv delivers plenty of uplifting entertainment from top comedians. MORE DETAILS


Harrah's features a casino, high-rise hotel, restaurants and entertainment in south Tahoe. Have a 'Baby Fat' & 'Fat Fries' at Fatburger or dine at the "Best Buffet in Tahoe". For entertainment, find big name entertainers at the South Shore Room, or dance the night away at the popular Vex nightclub. MORE DETAILS


Hard Rock Casino is the newest South Lake Tahoe hotel & casino featuring slots, table games, a sport book, dining and entertainment options. MORE DETAILS


Lakeside Casino, South Lake Tahoe

Lakeside Casino is a smaller South Lake Tahoe casino featuring an Inn, restaurant & bar and casino with slots, table games, keno and sport book. MORE DETAILS


Nearby Attractions

Downtown Truckee

Truckee is located off Highway 80 between Reno and Sacramento, at the Donner Pass. Originally, Truckee was the covered wagon pass for emigrants heading to California. The covered wagon trails were later covered with train tracks, which gives Truckee its train town feel today. A thin strip of turn of the century homes and businesses contain cafés, boutique shops and arts & crafts stores that are positioned directly across from busy train tracks. Situated at nearly 6,000 feet in elevation and within 20 miles of North Lake Tahoe, Truckee is centrally located to a multitude of outdoor recreation, Tahoe ski resorts, historic sites, beautiful lakes and Tahoe casinos. MORE DETAILS


Nevada City

Gold Country is a large stretch of territory along the western foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, west of Tahoe on Highways 50 & 80. Back in 1849, James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, which sparked a massive migration to the West and funded the expansion of cities like Sacramento and San Francisco. The towns of Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Placerville, Angels Camp and more were boomtowns bustling with settlers trying to find their fortune in gold. Today, this region retains and preserves its historic past for visitors to enjoy. MORE DETAILS


Virginia City is located east of Tahoe off Highway 50, in Nevada. As the production of gold slowed in California, the Comstock Lode of silver was discovered in 1859. Virginia City quickly became known as the 'Queen of the Comstock'. Today, it is a bustling tourist attraction with multiple hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, Old West shows, train rides and much more. WEBSITE


Genoa is located east of Tahoe on Highway 207 (Kingsbury Grade). Genoa was Nevada's first settlement back in 1850. Here you will find a replica of the first fort that burned down in 1910 and Nevada's first bar, still in operation. The Genoa bar has been visited by Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt, Johnny Cash and may have even served the Earp brothers on one of there west coast visits. It has been featured in Westerns including John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies. They claim to have the bra of Raquel Welch hanging on the wall from the One Million Years B. C. movie era. WEBSITE


Madroña Vineyards

Apple Hill is located west of Tahoe on Highway 50 in the town of Camino. Here you will find a plethora of farms, ranches and wineries with fresh fruit, berries, pies, wines, cider and more. Take the Snows Road exit off Highway 50 and follow the signs to the Apple Hill Information Center to get a map and find out what crop is in season. MORE DETAILS


Grover Hot Springs is located south of Tahoe on Highway 89, just outside the town of Markleeville. The highlight of Grover Hot Springs are several heated mineral pools that are enjoyed by visitors as well as locals from the area. A large campground is within walking distance of the pools. The nearby town of Markleeville offers a restaurant, bar, groceries and fuel. MORE DETAILS


Camping

Tahoe State Recreation Area Campground offers lake camping on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Activities include hiking, boating, water-skiing, swimming, golf, whitewater rafting, bicycling and much more. Tahoe State Campground has 26 campsites for tent and RV camping. MORE DETAILS


Meeks Bay Resort Campground offers lake camping on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Activities include hiking, boating, water-skiing, swimming, golf, whitewater rafting, bicycling and much more. Meeks Bay Campground has 26 campsites for tent and RV camping. MORE DETAILS


Sugar Pine Point State Park offers lake camping on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, off Highway 89. Activities include hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, bicycling, horseback riding and much more. Sugar Pine Point State Park has 123 campsites for tent and RV camping. MORE DETAILS


D.L. Bliss State Park Campground offers lake camping on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Activities include hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, bicycling and much more. Popular hiking trails begin within the park. D.L. Bliss State Park Campground has 144 campsites for tent and small RV camping. MORE DETAILS


Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park Campground offers lake camping on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. This cove was once separated from Lake Tahoe and contains some of the clearest water on the lake. Activities include hiking, boating, fishing, swimming and much more. Vikingsholm is located within the park. Emerald Bay State Park Campground has 113 campsites for tent and small RV camping. MORE DETAILS


Zephyr Cove Campground offers lake camping on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. This is one of the largest marinas on the lake and offers boat launch & rental, dinner cruises and many more luxury activities. Activities include hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, biking, horseback riding and much more. Zephyr Cove Campground has 150 campsites for tent and RV camping. MORE DETAILS


Nevada Beach Campground offers lake camping on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, just south of Zephyr Cove. Somewhat secluded from the main highway, Nevada Beach Campground features a long sand beach that's perfect for enjoying the clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Activities include hiking, boating, swimming and windsurfing. Nevada Beach Campground has 54 campsites for tent and RV camping. MORE DETAILS


William Kent Campground offers lake camping on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, just south of Sunnyside. William Kent Campground features a large campground and day use area with beach access. Activities include hiking, boating, biking, swimming and windsurfing. William Kent Campground has 95 campsites for tent and RV camping. MORE DETAILS


Camp Richardson Resort

Camp Richardson Campground is located on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. Camp Richardson has everything including a marina with boat rentals, general store, sports shop, cabins, an historic hotel, bike rentals, horseback riding stables, a bar & grill and even an ice cream parlor. An easy bike path meanders through the forest, passing through Camp Richardson. Activities include hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, biking, horseback riding and much more. Camp Richardson Campground has 338 campsites for tent and RV camping. MORE DETAILS


Fallen Leaf Campground offers lake camping near the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Campground is located on Fallen Leaf Lake. Activities include hiking, fishing, and much more. Campground is central to many outdoor activities including the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, an easy bike path, horseback riding and popular beaches & hiking trails. Fallen Leaf Campground has 205 campsites for tent and small RV along side Taylor Creek. MORE DETAILS


Campground by the Lake offers lake camping on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. Activities include hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, ice skating and much more. The campground is part of a recreation complex that provides a weight room, indoor basketball gym, ice skating arena, pool and more. Campground by the Lake has 180 campsites for tent and RV camping. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe Valley Campground is located in South Lake Tahoe. Activities include hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, golfing and much more. Recreational amenities include basketball courts, Visitor Center, billiards, heated pool and more. Tahoe Valley Campground has campsites for tent and RV camping. MORE DETAILS


Many more campgrounds are located in the forests surrounding Tahoe from Tahoe's highest campground on Mt. Rose to Hope Valley next to the Carson River. MORE DETAILS


DIAMOND PEAK

Hotels

Northstar at Tahoe is located off Highway 267 between Tahoe and Truckee. Northstar Ski Resort offers several options for stay from simple hotels and condos to mountain homes and 5-star luxury resorts. Luxury accommodations include a Ritz-Carlton, Constellation Residences and Hyatt Residence Club. Northstar at Tahoe features the world-class Northstar Ski Resort, Northstar Village, a golf course, restaurants, cafés, movie theater, ice skating rink, rec center, spa and more. MORE DETAILS


Hyatt Hotel & Casino, North Lake Tahoe

The Hyatt Regency Incline Village offers a large hotel, multiple pools and hot tubs, full spa services, multiple restaurants & bars and a casino. MORE DETAILS


Resort at Squaw Creek is situated between Truckee and Tahoe. The resort offers a large hotel, multiple pools and hot tubs, full spa services, multiple restaurants & bars, a golf course, tennis courts and ski-in, ski-out accessibility to Squaw Valley Ski Resort. MORE DETAILS


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Squaw Valley Lodge is located off Highway 89 between Truckee and Sunnyside-Tahoe. They are a condominium resort at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Resort. Squaw Valley Lodge is conveniently situated in the Village at Squaw near the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, restaurants, boutique shops, bars, nightlife and more. MORE DETAILS


Franciscan Lakeside Lodge is situated in North Lake Tahoe with its own beach and pier. The Franciscan Lodge features several lake-front cottages, lakeside studios and suites. Some rooms include fireplaces. Lodge amenities include a heated pool, volleyball court, private beach & pier and mooring buoys. A boat launch and kayak rentals are available right next door to the lodge. MORE DETAILS


Sunnyside Lodge is situated on the shore of Lake Tahoe and offers dock and boat access. The very popular Sunnyside Restaurant has indoor and outdoor sun-deck seating with expansive lake views. Many rooms include stone fireplaces. MORE DETAILS


photo courtesy of Zephyr Cove Resort

Zephyr Cove Resort is situated lakeside on the southeast shore of Lake Tahoe. Zephyr Cove is a full-service resort with lodging, dining and entertainment. Lodging includes a lodge, cabins, RV park and campground. For dining, choose from an award winning restaurant or lake-front bar & grille. Resort activities include lake cruises, parasailing, boating, fishing, swimming, snowmobiling, horseback riding, volleyball and more. MORE DETAILS


968 Park Hotel is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Situated on the other side of the highway from Heavenly Village, 968 Park Hotel is within walking distance of Heavenly Ski Resort, casinos, restaurants, shops, entertainment and nightlife. MORE DETAILS


Harveys Lake Tahoe is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. They are a full-service resort with a casino, restaurants, comedy club, concert venue, nightlife and more. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, hot tubs, fitness center, sauna, steam room, shops and more. Harveys Lake Tahoe is a pet-friendly hotel. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe Seasons Resort is located at the base of Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe. Amenities include a café, bar, swimming pool, hot tub, rooftop tennis court, rooftop shuffleboard, rooftop lounge, rooftop BBQ, general store, ski shop, gift shop, game room, billiards, concierge, WiFi and more. MORE DETAILS


Tahoe Keys Vacation Rentals are located in South Lake Tahoe in the largest marina on the lake. They have more than 1500 waterfront vacations homes, condos and townhomes available as vacation rentals. Amenities can include a private boat dock, marina, tennis courts, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, beach access and more. MORE DETAILS


Timbercove Lodge

Best Western Timbercove Lodge is located lakeside in South Lake Tahoe and features rooms with gas fireplaces and small balconies. Amenities include a pool, jacuzzi, gym and on-site Italian restaurant. MORE DETAILS


The Black Bear Inn is located in South Lake Tahoe and has earned many awards and accolades over the years. This upscale lodge offers 5 rooms, one duplex cabin and two detached cabins. MORE DETAILS


Location... location... location. Situated at the base of the Heavenly Ski Resort gondola, you can walk from your room to the Heavenly ticket booth & gondola as well as shopping, dining and entertainment in Heavenly Village. MORE DETAILS


Camp Richardson

Camp Richardson Resort includes an historic hotel, lake-front cabins, an Inn, camping with RV accessibility and more. Activities include a full service marina with boat, kayak and paddle boat rentals, stables for horseback riding and mountain bike rentals for the paved bike trail that passes through the resort. MORE DETAILS


Fireside Lodge is located off Highway 89 in South Lake Tahoe. They offer 9 cabin-style suites that are decorated with an upscale rustic look including wood paneling, river rock fireplace, pine furniture, skis, snowshoes, fishing poles and more. Lodge amenities include a continental breakfast, wine & cheese happy hour, game room, sun room, lawn area with barbecues and more. MORE DETAILS


Sorensen's Resort is located 20-miles south of Tahoe near the intersection of Highways 88 and 89. They offer everything from bed and breakfast cottages to fully outfitted log cabins and contemporary mountain homes. This South Tahoe resort is nestled in a forest of Aspen trees and trout-filled rivers. MORE DETAILS


Hostels are low cost alternatives to hotels and often require dorm-style living. If you're traveling on a budget and would like to meet other travelers and share information, this is a great way to see California.

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Restaurants

Sunnyside, Lake Tahoe

Sunnyside Resort is situated lakeside on the west shore of Lake Tahoe and just a short distance from Homewood Ski Resort. They feature an upscale lodge setting with fireplaces and huge lake-view windows. A large outdoor deck is open in summer months. Steak and seafood menu includes Pacific Lump Crab Cakes, Blackened Ribeye Steak, Angus Burger and Seafood Pasta. MORE DETAILS


Gar Woods, Lake Tahoe

Gar Woods is situated lakeside in North Lake Tahoe and has its own dock. Gar Woods is a popular Aprés Ski and Happy Hour spot with over a dozen signature cocktails and live music Fridays and Saturdays. Steak & seafood menu choices include Pomegranate Glazed Pork Ribs, Herb Roasted Chicken, King Salmon, Filet and Scampi, Seafood Tagliarini and Crab Chili Relleno. MORE DETAILS


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Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique is situated lakeside in North Lake Tahoe across the street from the Peppertree Inn. Wolfdale's offers a premier restaurant & bar with menu choices like Gyoza Dumplings, Tamarind Thai Seafood Stew, Balsamic Braised Beef Cheeks, Alaskan Halibut, Truffle Fries and Caprese Salad. Dine in their upscale restaurant or outdoor on their view deck. MORE DETAILS


Christy Hill is situated lakeside in North Lake Tahoe. They offer a fine dining experience with both indoor and outdoor deck seating. This award-winning restaurant has been voted the most romantic on the lake. Menu choices include Smoked Chicken Chili Relleno, Hudson Valley Fois Gras, Baked Eggplant, Roasted King Salmon and Filet Mignon. MORE DETAILS


Le Bistro is located in the upscale neighborhood of Incline Village in North Lake Tahoe. This fine dining restaurant offers French food served in courses. Choices include Baked Fresh Black Truffle Soup en Croûte, Terrine of Fresh Duck Foie Gras served with a Rhubarb Chutney and Warm Brioche, Fresh Hearts of Palm Salad served with a Pistachio Vinaigrette and Tournedos of Beef Tenderloin with a Pinot Noir Réduction and Maytag Blue Cheese. MORE DETAILS


Evan's American Gourmet Café is situated in a classic Tahoe cabin in South Lake Tahoe and features some of the finest cuisine found in Tahoe. Menu includes Dungeness Crab Salad, Stuffed Quail, Roast Venison Loin and Leg of Duck. MORE DETAILS


Café Fiore is situated in a cabin setting below Heavenly Ski Resort. Only seven available tables offering indoor or deck seating by candlelight gives reason why this Italian restaurant is considered one of the most romantic restaurants in South Lake Tahoe. MORE DETAILS


The Beacon Bar & Grill is situated within the Camp Richardson Resort in South Lake Tahoe. They feature lakeside views and an outdoor summer deck. Menu choices include Steamed Clams, Clam Chowder, Exotic Mushroom Swiss Cheese Sandwich, Macadamia Nut Prawns, Seafood Linguini and Apple Sausage Stuffed Pork. MORE DETAILS


Fire and Ice Tahoe is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Situated at the base of the Heavenly gondola inside Marriott Timber Lodge, Fire and Ice is a trendy Aprés Ski destination with a mix of Latin, American, Asian and Italian food choices like Mango Garlic Pork, BBQ Pork Ribs, Frutti de Mare. MORE DETAILS


Heidi's South Lake Tahoe

Heidi's is located in South Lake Tahoe and resembles a Swiss Chalet inside and out. They've been voted 'Best Breakfast' by several local publications. Specialties focus on European favorites like crepes, waffles and corned beef. Restaurant menu items include the Alpine Waffle, Swiss Crepes, Cattleman's Breakfast, Palazzolo Omelette, Sierra Sandwich and Cordon Bleu Sandwich. MORE DETAILS


Scusa is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. Scusa specializes in fine wines and traditional Italian food with menu choices like Chicken Piccatta, Osso Buco, Veal Marsala, Sea Scallops Mediterranean, Linguine & Clams and Classic Lasagna. MORE DETAILS


The Lake Tahoe Pizza Co. is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. They specialize in some of the best pizza Tahoe offers. Menu choices include calzones, salads and unique pizzas like the Mogul Masher, Mean Greek, Barnyard Massacre, Acapulco Gold and Gut Buster. MORE DETAILS


Burger Lounge

Burger Lounge is located in South Lake Tahoe off Emerald Bay Road. They feature a variety of tasty hamburgers like Bacon Cheese Burger and Bleu Burger, and unique fries like Garlic Fries and Pesto Fries. Known for their large portions, inexpensive prices and very casual atmosphere. MORE DETAILS


The Getaway Café Tahoe is located off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. The Getaway Café is situated in a mountain home a few miles south of Tahoe and specializes in hearty portions of gourmet comfort food like the Black n' Bleu Burger, Triple Stack Turkey Club, Cod Fish Tacos, Bourbon Pork Ribs and Coconut-Crusted French Toast. MORE DETAILS


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Airports

Reno Airport is located approximately 1-hour east of Tahoe off Interstate 80, in Nevada. MORE DETAILS


Sacramento Airport is located approximately 2½-hours west of Tahoe, off Highway 80 for access to North Lake Tahoe and Highway 50 for South Lake Tahoe. MORE DETAILS


Lake Tahoe Airport is a smaller regional airport located only 15-minutes south of Tahoe.


Traffic & Transportation

I-80 into Tahoe, 2007

Interstate 80 is a major highway connecting Sacramento to Reno, Nevada. It is located approximately 20-miles north of Tahoe with lake access from Highways 89 or 267. During heavy snow storms, Interstate 80 is usually the only highway offering access to Tahoe. Interstate 80 can be subject to closure but is usually the last to close. Tahoe ski resorts accessible from Interstate 80 include Soda Springs, Royal Gorge, Donner Ski Ranch, Sugar Bowl, Boreal and Tahoe Donner.


Highway 50 westbound

Highway 50 is the second largest highway connecting Sacramento to Tahoe. It runs through South Lake Tahoe and up its eastern shoreline past Zephyr Cove, before veering east to Carson City, Nevada. Tahoe ski resorts accessible from Highway 50 include Sierra-at-Tahoe, Heavenly Ski Resort and Spooner Lake.


Highway 431 is also known as the 'Mount Rose Highway' and connects Incline Village in North Lake Tahoe to south Reno, Nevada. The Mount Rose Ski Resort is accessed along this highway, making it the closest ski resort to Reno. Tahoe ski resorts accessible from Highway 431 include Mt.Rose and Diamond Peak.


Highway 89 near Rubicon Bay

Highway 89 runs north to south from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe, Markleeville and eventually Highway 395 at Topaz Lake. A portion of Highway 89 is always closed through Winter at Emerald Bay along Lake Tahoe's southwest shore. Highway 89 from Truckee to Tahoe City is one of the most beautiful drives in Tahoe as you follow the Truckee River to the lake. Tahoe ski resorts accessible from Highway 89 include Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Lakeview, Camp Richardson Resort, Hope Valley and Kirkwood Ski Resort.


Highway 28 follows the entire shore of North Lake Tahoe from Tahoe City & Highway 89 in the west to Highway 50 in the east. Tahoe ski resorts accessible from Highway 28 include Lakeview, Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Spooner Lake.


Highway 267 southbound from Truckee

Highway 267 is also known as North Shore Boulevard and runs north to south from Truckee to Kings Beach in North Lake Tahoe. Northstar Ski Resort is accessible from Highway 267.


Highway 207 is also known as the 'Kingsbury Grade' and connects South Lake Tahoe with Minden & Gardnerville, Nevada at Highway 395. This highway has a steep grade and is not advisable for travel in the winter during icy conditions. No ski resorts are situated off this highway but it does offer access to the unique small town of Genoa, Nevada.


Highway 395 runs north to south from the Oregon border to the Inland Empire in Southern California. It offers access to the Eastern Sierras and connects with Tahoe via Highways 431, 50, 207 and 89. Winter closures are common from Topaz Lake at the Nevada border to Lee Vining at Mono Lake, but usually only last a few hours. Although located much farther south, June and Mammoth Mountain ski resorts are accessible from Highway 395.


Weather

Weather from Truckee to Kirkwood including Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Incline Village, Zephyr Cove South Lake Tahoe and more.

Winter average lows in the 10's and highs in the 50's. Heavy snow is common causing road closures.


Spring average lows in the 30's and highs in the 60's. Rain showers are likely and occasional snow storms.


Summer average lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's. Occasional thunderstorms with immediate clearing.


Fall average lows in the 30's and highs in the 60's. Thunderstorms increasing to snow flurries.


NOTE: See our TIPS page for mountain precautions.

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Events

SnowFest is a ten-day event featuring concerts, parades, competitions, food and other festivities. All of the regions ski resorts help in hosting events. Wacky events include the Dummy Downhill, Polar Bear Swim, I-Dida-Run Dog Pull, Snow Sculpture Contest and more. WEBSITE


Valhalla Renaissance Faire offers multiple stages of continuous entertainment, action packed shows, music, dancing, jesters, 900 costumed actors, Shakespearian vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling for children and adults, archery tournaments and much more. WEBSITE


Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a month-long festival of Shakespearian performances 7-nights a week. Bring your wine, cheese and blankets to Sand Harbor Resort for a night with Shakespeare under the stars. WEBSITE


Great Reno Balloon Race is a three-day event where Balloonists from around the nation converge on Reno to paint the sky with color. Multiple hot air-balloons rise thousands of feet above Carson Valley and compete in piloting competitions. WEBSITE


Join in or watch one of several Torchlight Parades down the slopes of Tahoe Donner Downhill, Mt. Rose, Squaw Valley Ski Resort or Kirkwood. Fireworks shows can be found at Northstar, Mt. Rose, Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Kirkwood.


Enjoy local, regional & national performers with beautiful lakeside views during this 12-week summer concert series. Local vendors are on hand with drinks, snacks and food, or bring your own. Commons Beach is located in Tahoe City on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe. WEBSITE



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