Located 1,897 meters atop the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range in the western United States on the California and Nevada border, Lake Tahoe is widely considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. This natural treasure offers the ultimate high-country experience with superb outdoor recreation and magnificent scenery throughout the year. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and is known for its crystal-clear waters and majestic setting. Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed locations in the world.
A Year-Round Destination
Summer activities at Lake Tahoe include hiking, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding. Lake Tahoe also features exceptional golfing, where golfers enjoy the benefits of this high altitude location. Long sandy beaches at Lake Tahoe’s south shores are reminiscent of ocean seashores and provide fun for the whole family. There is a wide variety of water sports that include powerboating, sailing, parasailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, waterskiing, scenic cruises aboard an authentic Mississippi paddlewheeler, and even scuba diving.
In the winter, Lake Tahoe is home to 15 world-class ski resorts that feature an extensive choice of terrain for experts and beginners, all within a one-hour drive of each other. All of the resorts have excellent ski and boarding schools, along with equipment rental. The big three on the south shore of Lake Tahoe are Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Heavenly, the highest resort at Lake Tahoe and one of the premiere resorts in the nation, provides unrivaled panoramas of Lake Tahoe and an awe-inspiring view of Carson Valley in Nevada. For non-skiers, there is snowmobiling, tubing, ice skating, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides. For hardy fishermen, ice fishing keeps anglers happy during the winter.
Dining & Entertainment
Once settled in, visitors can enjoy anything from exceptional fine dining to a great burger or gourmet pizza. Lake Tahoe has many choices, from beachfront restaurants and bars to all-you-can-eat buffets. There are also many family-friendly restaurants.
Entertainment at Lake Tahoe is unparalleled and ranges from art and cultural events at Valhalla to the Harveys Outdoor Summer Concert Series that has featured artists such as Elton John, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars. Music festivals are held all year round, including SnowGlobe in the winter. The South Lake Tahoe casinos feature everything you would expect in Las Vegas, only in a more intimate mountain setting. Gaming includes roulette, blackjack and poker, all surrounded by memory-making nightlife.
Places to Stay
Lodging at Lake Tahoe includes casino resorts, hotels, resorts, motels, bed and breakfasts, cabins, vacation rentals, pet-friendly properties, RV parks and campgrounds. Many of the properties are located along the shoreline of the lake and offer stunning views of the natural white sandy beaches. At Lake Tahoe there are lodging options for every kind of traveler and group size, and couples make Lake Tahoe their wedding and honeymoon destination throughout the year. It is one of the most unique places in the world to get married.
Lake Tahoe Experience
Official Lake Tahoe Travel Site
Official Lake Tahoe Travel Information
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority