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Lake Tahoe California

Lake Tahoe vacations are a favorite weekend getaway and family vacation destination for Californians.

The blue-green waters and boulder-strewn shores draw visitors also draw visitors from all over America and abroad.

In the winter there is world class skiing and in the summer a wide range of outdoor activities.

The North Shore is quiet and more upscale with its towns of Tahoe City with a small town relaxed atmosphere, Incline Village and historic Truckee. The West Shore is rugged and the East Shore undeveloped. The South Shore is busy and the town of South Lake Tahoe is lined with motels, restaurants, stores and nearby casinos.

Lake Tahoe Weather
The weather in Lake Tahoe California is wonderful year round. It's moderate climate make it a favorite year-round destination for California vacations. The average summer high is 79 degrees and low is 40 degrees (great sleeping weather!). In the winter the average high is in the low to mid 40s (perfect for skiing!) and the low is in the mid to upper teens.

Lake Tahoe Travel
The nearest airport for Lake Tahoe vacations is Reno Nevada which is 40 to 60 miles away from the area.

South Lake Tahoe Rentals

Considering a family vacation, reunion or ski weekend with friends? Be sure and check out my page on South Lake Tahoe rentals....a great lodging choice!

South Lake Tahoe Hotels

The Marriott Timber Lodge is located at the bottom of the Heavenly gondola. For a family vacation consider the Three Peaks Resort and Beach Club with its pool, beach and reasonable rates or the Embassy Suites with spacious suites and hot cooked breakfast.

South Lake Tahoe Marriott Timber Lodge
Marriott Timber Lodge South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe Three Peaks Resort and Beach Club
Three Peaks Resort and Beach Club South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe Embassy Suites
Embassy Suites South Lake Tahoe

These hotels in South Lake Tahoe include reviews, photos and details for a wide variety of South Lake Tahoe lodging options.

North Lake Tahoe Hotels

Tahoe City Hotels

Pepper Tree Inn has a homey feel, beautiful lake views, pool and complimentary breakfast. America's Best Value Inn has a pool, complimentary continental breakfast and is adjacent to the golf course.

Tahoe City Pepper Tree Inn
Pepper Tree Inn Tahoe City
Tahoe City America's Best Value Inn
America's Best Value Inn Tahoe City

Truckee Hotels

Tahoe Mountain Resorts has vacation rentals at Northstar Village. Rated one of the best family-friendly resorts with large outdoor skating rink, children's activities, fire pits, sitting areas, hot tub, shopping areas and gondola for Northstar at Tahoe Ski Area.

Truckee Table Mountain Resorts at Northstar Village
Table Mountain Resorts Truckee

Check out the full listing of Tahoe City hotels and Truckee hotels for your Lake Tahoe Vacations. You will find reviews, photos, room availability and more.

Lake Tahoe Map

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Lake Tahoe Activities

  • Drive the loop around the lake during your Lake Tahoe vacation. This has been called the most beautiful drive in America and takes about 2 1/2 hours plus stops. From South Lake Tahoe take Route 28 north to Route 89 South to US 50.
  • Emerald Bay with the rocky Fannette Island, is the most photographed sight in Tahoe
  • Beaches
    • North Shore Beach - Sand Harbor Beach with gorgeous granite boulders, Tahoe City Beach for families has a playground
    • East Shore - Nevada Beach
    • South Shore - busy Baldwin Beach and Pope Beach
    • West Shore - Meeks Bay Beach for families, Lester Beach and Calawee Cove Beach
  • Biking - Flume Trail in Nevada has a 23 mile single track loop, Lake Tahoe Loop including Pope-Baldwin Bike Path and South Lake Tahoe Bike Path
  • Rock Climbing is very popluar in Tahoe including bouldering at D.L. Bliss State Park, 90 foot wall at Emerald Bay, Twin Crags at Tahoe City, Big Chief at Squaw Valley, Lover's leap and Phantom Spires at South Lake Tahoe
  • South Lake Tahoe Casinos - Caesar's Palace and Harrah's

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

Heavenly Ski Area South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe Heavenly
Alpine Slopes covered with knee-deep powder and gorgeous views make Tahoe skiing world famous and a very popular ski destination. There are 15 ski resorts in the area. The North Shore has the most downhill ski resorts including the popular Squaw Valley and family friendly Northstar at Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe's Heavenly is also a big favorite of skiiers.

Cross Country Skiing is a favorite activity for Lake Tahoe vacations with great snow and beautiful forest trails. Spooner Lake has 57 miles of groomed trails and Tahoe X-C has 40 miles of trails for all abilities.

Lake Tahoe Hiking

South Lake Tahoe
  • Trail Rim Trail circles the lake along the ridges of Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Eagle Falls Trail with short and more strenuous options
  • Rubicon Point Trail is a 5 1/2 mile trail around Emerald Bay
  • Lake of the Sky Trail is an easy 1/2 mile trail with informative signs of area

North Lake Tahoe

  • Mount Rose is one of the tallest mountains with a great 12 mile round trip climb and panoramic view at the top
  • Granite Chief Wilderness is west of Squaw Valley and is a great outdoor destination of hiking trails and mountains streams

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