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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.
Accommodation in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe offers an excellent range of places to rest your head. Expedia's Lake Tahoe hotels guide is your source for all the available hotel deals.
Why not start the quest for your dream Lake Tahoe hotel by investigating the rates and amenities at the Resort at Squaw Creek - Destination Hotels & Resorts, located at 400 Squaw Creek Road, and the Marriott's Timber Lodge, at 4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd. In the same upmarket range, there is also the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and the Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is located at 13031 Ritz Carlton Highland Court, while the Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge can be found at 7630 N Lake Blvd.
Located in South Lake Tahoe, this hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Heavenly Ski Resort. Heavenly Gondola and Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course are also within 15 minutes.
Located in South Lake Tahoe, this condo is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Lake Tahoe Balloons and within 3 mi (5 km) of Magic Carpet Golf and Pope Beach. Valhalla at Lake Tahoe is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.
Located in South Lake Tahoe, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Lakeside Marina and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Heavenly Ski Resort. Heavenly Gondola and Heavenly Village are also within 10 minutes.
Located in South Lake Tahoe, this condo is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Lake Tahoe Balloons and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Magic Carpet Golf. Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum and Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Visitor Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel sits on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe, and is near hiking trails and the gondola. Guests can walk 6 blocks to the shoreline, or head the other way for mountain air. Gamers can pop next door to Harrah’s Casino, and skiers can enjoy runs on Heavenly Mountain Resort, 2 miles (3.2 km) away.
Situated in Kirkwood, this condo is 0 mi (0 km) from Kirkwood Mountain Resort and within 32 mi (52 km) of Tahoe Paradise Golf Course and Adventure Mountain.
This resort and casino is found in the city's entertainment district and only 2 blocks from Lake Tahoe and the Gondola at Heavenly. Golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowboarding are within 2 miles.
Situated in Incline Village, this chalet is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Diamond Peak Ski Resort and within 3 mi (5 km) of Incline Village Championship Golf Course and UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.