Tahoe's Best Vacation and Travel Guide
Lake Tahoe's Best Vacation Guide
Lake Tahoe is known around the world for its beautiful blue lake waters, picturesque mountain peaks, friendly hospitality, long ski seasons, and terrific weather! Unlike other vacation spots that cater to vacationers during a limited season, you can enjoy beautiful blue Lake Tahoe and its surrounding region winter, spring, summer and fall!
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Why Visit Tahoe?
Considering Lake Tahoe has more than 300 days of sunshine, renowned ski resorts and golf courses, it’s no wonder thousands flock to this beautiful and historic lake every year. More facts about Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe boasts the best of both worlds, miles of scenic back country combined with unparalleled nightlife, entertainment, shops, tours and delectable restaurants. Tucked in the high sierras, surrounded by towering alpine trees, Lake Tahoe is one the largest and most pristine bodies of water in the country; a stunning gem that should be experienced first hand.
Lake Tahoe Regions and Communities
Located high in the Sierra Nevada at 6,229 ft., Lake Tahoe has 71 miles of shoreline and a surface area of 193 square miles! In other words, it’s a big lake with distinct regions, personalities, geography and amenities. Each region is easily accessible from the Bay Area, Sacramento and Reno. So if you’re new to Lake Tahoe, decide which community or region of the Lake that fits your style and taste and then plan from there.(click on your desired region)
South Lake Tahoe, known as “South Shore” or South Tahoe by locals and regulars, is split down the middle by the CA and NV border. In Stateline, on the NV side, sit the popular casinos resort hotels Horizon, Harrah’s, Harveys and MontBleu all within walking distance to the Lake, Edgewood Golf Course and the Gondola at Heavenly where you will also find the Shops at Heavenly Village featuring great shopping, restaurants and nightlife. On the California side, are scores of popular hotels, well kept motels that run along Highways 50 and 89 and Tahoe Keys, a waterfront community of rental homes and condos. Everything is relatively close with easy access to skiing, golf, trails, fishing, beaches, stores and restaurants. South Shore is also home to the Harvey’s Outdoor Concert Series, the Valhalla Renaissance Faire at Camp Richardson and the famous ski resorts Heavenly, Kirkwood and Sierra at Tahoe.
North Lake Tahoe, you guessed it – known as the “North Shore” or North Tahoe, is larger, more spread out and also split by the CA/NV border at Crystal Bay. The California side boasts world class resorts Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Northstar and Diamond Peak, the award-winning community of Truckee, Donner Lake and plays host to the Lake Tahoe Music Festival in July-August. Communities include Tahoe City, Truckee, Tahoe/Donner, Northstar, Olympic Valley/Squaw, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Dollar Point, Carnelian Bay and along the West Shore, Sunnyside, Homewood and Meeks Bay. The North Shore Nevada side is made up of Crystal Bay and Incline Village, a beautiful community right on the lake with easy access to Northstar, Mt. Rose, the Golf Courses at Incline and home to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino & Spa and the popular Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park during the summer months.
How To Get To Lake Tahoe
If you’re traveling and flying into Lake Tahoe and are landing at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, you’re just a short one hour drive away from North or South Tahoe.
If you’re driving to Lake Tahoe from Sacramento, US-50 East will get you to South Lake Tahoe in approximately two hours, depending on traffic.
Folks driving from the Bay Area or San Francisco can get to South Lake Tahoe in approximately four hours taking the I-5 North or I-80 East to connect to US-50 East.