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Lake Tahoe (California)

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Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil. Arrange all the small, but important details of your Lake Tahoe (California) trip itinerary using our United States driving holiday planner.
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Hidden gems in Lake Tahoe (California)

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Ski Area
Alpine Meadows Tahoe City
4.1
Duration: 8 hours
Cross-country Ski Area
Tahoe Cross Country Tahoe City
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Matt Heron Fly Fishing Olympic Valley
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Winter Sports in Lake Tahoe (California)

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Cross-country Ski Area
Tahoe Donner Cross Country Truckee
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Cross-country Ski Area
Tahoe Donner Truckee
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Ski Area
Boreal Mountain Resort Truckee
2.2
Duration: 8 hours
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Ski Area
Adventure Mountain South Lake Tahoe
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Lake Tahoe (California)

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Water Body
Emerald Bay State Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Mountain
Jobs Peak South Lake Tahoe
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Mountain
Granite Chief Olympic Valley
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
State Park
Skylandia Park Tahoe City
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Trails in Lake Tahoe (California)

Biking Trail
Truckee River Bike Trail Tahoe City
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Biking Trail
Truckee Bike Park Truckee
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Biking Trail
Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads Tahoe City
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Mt. Tallac Trail South Lake Tahoe
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Lake Tahoe (California)

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Beach
Pope Beach South Lake Tahoe
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Children’s Museum
KidZone Museum Truckee
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Speed Boats Tour
Speed Boats Tours South Lake Tahoe
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Castle
Vikingsholm South Lake Tahoe
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Ski Area
Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area Truckee
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Scenic Drive
Inspiration Point Vista Tahoe City
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Lake Tahoe (California)

As the biggest city on the lake, South Lake Tahoe provides the majority of the area's nightlife, entertainment, and stores. As such, it supports a vast number of hotels and motels. Tahoe City is the lake's second most popular city among tourists, but is considerably quieter. It is a good choice for those who want to avoid the crowds of South Lake Tahoe while enjoying access to lots of amenities. Those interested in a truly tranquil stay should consider renting a cabin in one of the small towns that surround the lake. These accommodations, as well as campgrounds along the shoreline, provide an escape from the tourist vibe of the city. However, keep in mind that staying at these places will increase your drive time to major attractions.
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