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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe

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8 Reviews
Mt Tallac Road B trail head, South Lake Tahoe, California

The Basics

South Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination with a particular appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. In summer, an extensive network of walking paths, bike trails, and campsites offer myriad ways to enjoy the lake and its surrounding forests, including Emerald Bay State Park (just a few miles north of town). In winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to the region to experience some of California’s best ski resorts, including Heavenly and Squaw Valley. For something even more serene, strap on a pair of snowshoes and take an off-the-beaten-path winter hike through the fresh powder.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Lake Tahoe

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Great Value and Great App
Jonathan_A, Jun 2021
Ultimate Lake Tahoe Self-Driving Audio Tour
Excellent app and although it got out of sync a few times. It was very good that it tracked us as we traveled around the lake. Very informative about the places we visited and allowed us to do our own site-seeing as well. Can’t wait to try the app in other locations around the US! Nice job!
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Recommend!
Barbara_L, Jun 2021
Ultimate Lake Tahoe Self-Driving Audio Tour
The trip was great. Took a bit to understand the app and how it works. But overall a good experience!
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Extraordinary
MELANIE_W, Feb 2021
South Lake Tahoe Snowshoe Rental
We went to 3 wonderful areas. The peace and beauty were extraordinary. Would recommend to everyone ! It's the perfect way to imagine what Tahoe must have been like 100 years ago.
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Terrific
Josephine_J, May 2021
Ultimate Lake Tahoe Self-Driving Audio Tour
The tutorial at each stop, accuracy of the stop with the speaker, and suggestions for things to do at each area on the way.
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Drive through paridise
Charlene_B, May 2021
Ultimate Lake Tahoe Self-Driving Audio Tour
We enjoyed the ride. We stopped a few times along the route for some breathtaking photo ops. If say we really enjoyed it!
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Excellent narrated drive around Lake Tahoe
Beth, Jun 2021
Ultimate Lake Tahoe Self-Driving Audio Tour
We enjoyed our drive/narrated tour around Lake Tahoe. I had no problems downloading the app and getting started. We were able to run the app through the car speakers and everyone could hear perfectly. The timing was perfect and the info provided was very interesting and entertaining. We stopped and got out at several locations during our drive. This was much better(and less expensive) than a personally guided tour because we could do it at our own pace and stop whenever we wanted for as long as we wanted. I would definitely recommend this and will likely use it for tours in other places.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • South Lake Tahoe is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers.

  • South Lake Tahoe is larger, and packed with more amenities, than Truckee or Tahoe City.

  • Don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes—ones suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.

  • For unmatched views of the lake, book a Lake Tahoe circle tour.

  • If you’re driving through the area in winter, remember that tire chains are sometimes required.

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How to Get There

The nearest airport is Reno-Tahoe International, located 58 miles (93 kilometers) north. If you don’t have a car, catch the South Tahoe Express Bus from the airport to the Heavenly Gondola. Or, fly into San Francisco International Airport take the scenic 3.5-hour drive.

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Trip ideas

Top Hiking Trails in Tahoe

Top Hiking Trails in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Guide

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Guide


When to Get There

The best time to visit South Lake Tahoe? That depends on what you like to do. Non-skiers tend to enjoy the area in early fall and late spring, when the crowds are thinner, the prices are lower, and the weather is consistently beautiful.

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Choosing a Shore

Lake Tahoe has a large perimeter, and each shore offers something unique. The south shore, near South Lake Tahoe, shines for its gambling and entertainment, easy access to ski resorts like Heavenly, and abundant, affordable accommodations. North Lake Tahoe, on the other hand, is dotted with vacation rentals and luxury resorts, and the eastern and western banks, which have less commercial activity, are good choices for a rugged wilderness escape.

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