South Lake Tahoe

Travel Guide
Emerald Bay State Park

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 center 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 center 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 center to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Admire the views from the observation deck perched on a 9,123-foot (2,780-meter) 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-meter) 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 center. 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

Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
4003 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is CA $97 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall ...
3.4/5 Good! (977 reviews)
"They didn’t clean my room. So, I have to talk with the manager about this!!!"

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
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 CA $165 per night from May 30 to May 31
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! (2,550 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Hotel Azure
Hotel Azure
3 out of 5
3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is CA $184 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (951 reviews)
"It is a beautiful property. Very clean and the staffs are good. The room is a bit older than it looks on the website. No air cond in the night."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Azure
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.
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is CA $86 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,545 reviews)
"We had a great time, although we feel we did not get the best customer services. Nevertheless overall it was a good weekend!"

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Marriott's Timber Lodge
Marriott's Timber Lodge
4 out of 5
4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is CA $280 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star ski aparthotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 spa tubs, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,536 reviews)
"The lodge is beautiful and quiet. We enjoyed our night there very much."

Reviewed on May 19, 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
The price is CA $280 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly vacation home in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, a health club, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,588 reviews)
"One of the best places to stay at south lake tahoe"

Reviewed on May 12, 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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