With natural beauty in excess around this location, the powers that be in South Lake Tahoe have taken major steps to bring some more flashy excitement to the area. Opportunities for shopping, eating, drinking and gambling in nearby Stateline, Nevada can be found here. In fact, South Lake Tahoe’s next-door casinos are a great excuse to stay nice and ... Read more
warm inside, as they offer lots of unique games like Sigma Derby that are hard to find anywhere else in the country. In time for the holidays, this area’s population just about triples right around late December. With ski locations named “Heavenly” it’s not hard to understand why. Still, South Lake Tahoe also offers great summer accommodation, with hiking trails and beautiful lake beaches to pass those summer days. If you aren’t trying to swim, the Heavenly Village Gondola is a great way to see amazing views of the whole area year round.

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If you like being outdoors -- heck, even if you like being indoors -- there is always something to do in Lake Tahoe at any time of the year. Winters are cold with temperatures often falling below freezing, ... Read more
which makes for perfect snowy bliss for the skiers and snowboarders that flock to the mountains. The summer is breezy and warm, with temperatures mostly in the upper 70s (mid 20s C), so if you are into doing outdoor sports in your shorts or bathing suit, this is the season for you. If you’d rather stay indoors at the casinos (no judgement here!), we’re sure the thermostat is set to something pleasant all year round.

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  • 9.8
    Family Travellers
  • 9.6
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 9.3
    Adventure Travellers
  • 6.9
  • 6.3
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I've been here in the late spring and in the winter, and I love this place so much. There is so much to do around South Lake Tahoe - from skiing to water sports, to hiking to shopping, casinos and much more. The people are friendly and the mountains are inviting. The restaurants are great here - and very accommodating to vegans and vegetarians. I can't wait to visit again in the summer and fall.

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The Chicagoland Area

Beautiful Place to visit that Borders Nevada, The lake splits the two states. Jump off location to skiing or summer fun on the lake.

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Overland Park

Absolutely stunning. All of it. The town, the lake, the views, the activities. Perfect place to relax and take in the sights or ski/snowboard till your hear is content.

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Washington, D.C.

Lake Tahoe is the jewel of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. A weekend here will provide a complete reset on life as you soak in the alpine air and savor views of the magnificent lake. Any time of year there's an abundance of outdoor activities to fill your time - skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and boating are all easily accessible. In the winter months, South Lake Tahoe becomes a snowy wonderland!

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsGreen TravellersAdventure TravellersHipsters
San Mateo

Beautiful beaches, fun water sports, parks, forests and hiking trails, world-class ski resorts, shopping, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs and fun outdoor concerts


This is a great little cafe with a warm, casual vibe. Gluten free options (including hand made pizza crust). I had the cioppino, which was delicious, but left me wanting more. Kids menu exists, but is pretty average (wienies, chicken fingers). Everywhere I take my kids they order pasta w Parmesan, I must make it so good at home that they can't get enough.

Chula Vista

Lake Tahoe is beautiful. South Lake Tahoe has everything to offer from mountain to lake to gambling right across the border on the Nevada side. Skiing and snow boarding in the winter and water activities at the lake in the summer. There is bike rentals, cafes by the beach, and plenty of shopping.

Recommended for:Family TravellersBackpackersAdventure TravellersNightlife Lovers
Palo Alto

The drive from SF to South Lake Tahoe seemed to take longer than our usual drives to Truckee (North Lake Tahoe). The highway narrowed into a two lane road which seemed to go on for miles. But we were rewarded with a sudden and breathtaking glimpse of the lake which made it worthwhile. South lake tahoe is extremely pretty, once you drive away from the hustle and bustle of casino central. Emerald Bay is breathtaking.

Recommended for:BackpackersFamily TravellersOutdoor Enthusiasts

South Lake is the way to go. If you want casinos, boat tours, skiing, fine dining, nightlife, and much more, this is where you want to go. It covers both California and Nevada, so gambling is legal on one side and other things on the other.

Pleasant Hill

When Gayle and I drive to Genoa NV from the SF Bay Area, we arrive in South Lake Tahoe (via the Pioneer Trail), pick up groceries, cross the state line (and yell Yeah Nevada!), and go up and down the Kingsbury Grade towards "Home.

The east end of the city, on the California-Nevada state line, is mainly geared towards tourism, with T-shirt shops, restaurants, hotels, and the Heavenly Mountain Resort. It's busy. The Nevada casinos just an easy step across the state line in Stateline, Nevada.

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