Lake Tahoe Area
Lake Tahoe is all about exploration, recreation, relaxation, and inspiration.
• Whether from a hot air balloon, a perch on a mountain peak, afloat in a boat on the crystal clear lake, or lounging on a lakefront sundeck,
Mark Twain called Lake Tahoe "the fairest picture the whole earth affords." Millions of visitors from around the world discover, share and cherish the refreshing allure of the cobalt blue lake, clear skies and clean mountain aiur. The 72 miles of shoreline and the surrounding Sierra Nevard provide an abundance of outdoor activities. On the lake, you can enjoy boating, scenic cruises, swimming, sailing, kayaking, fishing and numerous other pursuits. Beyond the lake, spectacular biking, hiking, rafting and off-road adventues await.
The north and west shores, known for a pure and simple mountain personality, are home to several distinct mountain towns and destinations. Squaw Valley - site of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games - is a must-visit with its scenic Aerial Tram ride and exciting events. Dining, shopping, and activity options abound in the region's resort villages and the enchanting lakeside towns of Sunnyside, Homewood, Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Crystal Beach and Incline Village.
Lake Tahoe's sothern shore spans from awe-inspiring Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed locations in the world, to Zephyr Cove, home to one of Tahoe's famed paddlewheelers, the M.S. Dixie. Along the shore, from Camp Richardson to Stateline, you will discover numerous places to play, dine, and relax. Options include the Heavenly Village, spetacular views and exciting activities at the top of the Heavenly Gondola, and the nightlife of the casino resorts and nightclubs.
From 70-degree lakeside comfort among Ponderosa pines, to the rugged and beautiful mountain links, Tahoe's numerous courses, large and small, offer a spetacular golf experience.
Lake Tahoe is divided into several different areas. There is some gambling in North Shore but the largest concentration of gambling establishments is in South Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side of the border.
Truckee - Just north of North Lake Tahoe
Upand over the hill from Lake Tahoe’s north shore, Truckee offers an easy base that’s away from the hubbub. Historically a logging town, Truckee was also the site for major railroad construction in the 1860s (10,000 of the 12,000 workers were Chinese). Today, it’s Western-style downtown has morphed into a great place to shop in appealing boutiques and galleries. It has also become something of a foodie hot spot, with sophisticated but comfortable options including Stella, Trokay, Pianeta, and Drunken Monkey. Moody’s Bistro and Lounge is Truckee’s nightlife landmark, serving up mountain roadhouse-style food and live jazz. Nab a seat at the bar to watch acts like Mose Allison and Shotgun Wedding Quintet. For quality wines and wine tasting, visit The Pour House, with 500 wines on hand from small vineyards around the world.
North Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe North Shore is a stunning 180 degree panorama calling more than romantics and outdoor enthusiasts. Scientists journey to this place to understand its incredible blueness and ensure that it remains an icon of pure alpine perfection. Whether your trip to North Lake Tahoe is about academic study, or simply with the hope of taking a few well-deserved days to enjoy the radiant light, we recommend exploring our towns and reveling in the multiple variations of fun found only in North Lake Tahoe.
South Lake Tahoe (Nevada and California)
Tahoe South, where you’ll find Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine Lake in North America; deep and wide, bluer than blue and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Hotels and resorts, gaming, shows, golf, lake experiences... and the list goes on.
No matter the season, there are many fun things to do in Lake Tahoe. Summer promises legendary, heart-pounding downhill single track and bike paths for social spins. Hike your heart out, get your bootie in a boat or to a beach. Which beach? Well, there are beaches with restaurants, with marinas and water toys, beaches with live music that beg for a sunset bbq and secluded ones that whisper quiet relaxation in the sun. All with views of spectacular Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada’s. Speaking of views, get a bird’s eye view from a paddlewheel boat or a gondola car. Navigate one of the Epic Adventure ropes courses or zoom down a zip line.
With a plethora of distinctive gear shops, unique boutiques and brand basics, you can get it, sport it, wear it, use it while you’re here. Tahoe South breeds some heavy-hitting artists and artisans and you’ll find your favorites in galleries galore.