Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

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Jewel of the Sierra Nevada

Lake Tahoe is one of the deepest lakes in the world—giving it that special, sapphire-blue color that boaters and swimmers love. And with 300 days of sunshine each year, it’s the perfect vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts. From year-round fishing, kayaking, or swimming in summer the summer to skiing any of the area’s many slopes during the winter, you’ll find there’s plenty of things to do in Lake Tahoe whatever the season.

Do it all at Lake Tahoe

Our vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe include condos, homes, townhouses, cabins, and more. In the wintertime, grab some hot cocoa and step onto the porch or balcony overlooking the snowy wonderland. In the summer, your rental on the water makes it convenient to cool down in the lake on the hottest days. With restaurants, shopping, adventure tours, water-sports, snow-bound thrills, and even a casino or two for some gambling—you may never want to leave Lake Tahoe.

Top Sights in Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay State Park

Known for colorful granite cliffs and stunning panoramas, the Emerald Bay Lookout offers breathtaking photo opportunities everywhere you look. For history buffs (and fans of Scandinavian architecture), a visit to the Vikingsholm Castle is a must. And for the more adventurous type, grab your scuba gear and explore the Underwater Park.

Historic Downtown Truckee

Take a detour north of Lake Tahoe to a historic little town that’s made a big name for itself. Truckee is a lovely Gold Rush era town with museums, festivals, lots of shopping and places to grab a bite. Stop by Sweets Handmade Candy to watch them make fudge (and get your free samples). Or, stroll through downtown and see all the beautiful public art.

Alpine Meadows

Want to avoid the crowded slopes of popular Squaw Valley? Check out the lesser known Alpine Meadows, a 2,400-acre ski facility featuring more than 100 runs and several snowboarding parks. There are activities for everyone—whether you're a novice skier looking to start off easy, or a pro looking to shred some real powder. For the kids, ski schools and play areas make it a full day of fun in the snow.

Top Experiences in Lake Tahoe

See Lake Tahoe from up High

Heavenly Ski Area is up there—we mean way up there. This popular destination (the only one on the South Shore) is truly fitting of its name. But the fresh powder and slopes aren’t the only draw. The Heavenly Gondola cable cars suspend passengers over the snowy wilderness and take riders more than 2 miles through the mountains to an observation deck with spectacular views. It’s definitely one of the best things to do in Lake Tahoe.

Visit Donner Memorial State Park & Emigrant Trail Museum

Here you’ll find a great stone pedestal commemorating one of the darkest periods in pioneer history. Learn about the history of the Donner Party, the legendary pioneers who were forced to take extreme measures to survive the Sierra Nevada winter from 1846 to 1847. Make sure you check out the 22-foot stone marker near the Emigrant Trail Museum that marks the snowfall from that winter.

Go Back in Time to the Old West

On this tour from South Lake Tahoe to Virginia City, you’ll go from minibus to train as you travel along part of the Pony Express trail to Nevada’s oldest city. Picture yourself as a miner from the 1800s as you stroll down the Main Street historic district. Visit museums and historic markers, and learn all about the region’s geography and wildlife from your guide. It’s a Lake Tahoe attraction that’s both fun and educational.

Pet Friendly Places

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Beach Breaks

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Golf Getaways

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Adventure Vacations

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