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South Lake Tahoe

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High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake. This haven sits in a prime location for accessing mountain activities such as hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle touring, and water recreation. It’s the largest community on the lake, with over 20,000 permanent residents. The town serves as the main stop for restaurants, shopping, and boating supplies, and is often the jumping-off point for people who want to explore the scenic drive around the lake. Our United States trip itinerary planner combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Popular things to do in South Lake Tahoe

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Castle
Vikingsholm
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Speed Boats Tour
Speed Boats Tours
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Historic Site
Tallac Historic Site
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from South Lake Tahoe

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Water Body
Emerald Bay State Park Lake Tahoe (California)
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Casino
Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe Stateline
2.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
National Automobile Museum Reno
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in South Lake Tahoe

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Beach
Pope Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Kiva Beach
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Baldwin Beach
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
El Dorado Beach
4.5
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in South Lake Tahoe

Hiking Trail
Rubicon Trail
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Lakeside Beach
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Hiking Trail
Fallen Leaf Lake Trail
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Farm
Tahoe Trout Farm
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in South Lake Tahoe

Hiking Trail
Mt. Tallac Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Mt. Ralston Peak Trail
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Hiking Trail
Rainbow Trail
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in South Lake Tahoe

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Church
St Theresa Catholic Church
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Religious Site
Tahoe Mountain Wedding Chapel
1.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Bus Tour
Discover Lake Tahoe - Scenic Bus Tours
4.6
Duration: 6 hours
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Ski Area
Northstar California Truckee
3.8
Duration: 8 hours
Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours From Tahoe Lake Tahoe (California)
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Ghost Town
Bodie State Historic Park Bridgeport
4.7
Duration: 4 hours

Where to stay in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is situated near the water. The popular accommodations are the area resorts, all of which are centrally located. Lodgings just across the state line give easy access to the casinos, and the lake is never far away.
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