North America

Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America

Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America

Located 1,897 meters above sea level, at the top of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range in the American West, straddling California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is renowned for being one of the most beautiful places in the world. This natural treasure is full of outdoor activities and magnificent landscapes to discover all year round.
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its crystal clear waters and the beauty of nature owe its reputation as the “Jewel of California.” Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed places in the world.
South Lake Tahoe is one of the largest cities in the region and has nearly 75% of the accommodations around the lake, many restaurants, shops, and places to have fun.


A destination to discover all year round


Summer offers the opportunity to practice many activities such as hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, climbing, and horseback riding. Lake Tahoe also offers excellent golf courses that allow lovers of this sport to benefit from the advantages of the altitude. The long sandy beaches on the Lake’s south shore are reminiscent of the ocean’s shores and allow for family fun.
Many nautical activities are practicable, such as boat trips, sailing, water skiing, jet-skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, water-skiing, incredible cruises aboard an authentic Mississippi paddle wheeler, and even scuba diving.
In winter, the Lake is home to 15 ski resorts, offering a wide choice of slopes for the more experienced and beginners, only an hour’s drive from each other. All resorts have excellent ski schools, as well as equipment rental shops. The three largest resorts on Lake Tahoe’s south shore are Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, and Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Heavenly Mountain Resort, one of the highest resorts on the Lake and one of the first in the country to be built, offers an unparalleled panorama of Lake Tahoe and an impressive view of Carson Valley in Nevada. Other activities are possible for those who do not ski, such as snowmobiling, skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides. Ice fishing will delight anglers during the winter months.

Accommodation


Lake Tahoe has a wide choice of accommodations such as casino hotels, 4 and 5-star hotels, not to mention resorts, motels, B&Bs, cabins, vacation rentals, pet-friendly places, and campsites.
Most of the accommodations are located on the edge of the lake and offer breathtaking views of the natural white sand beaches. This region is full of accommodation choices for all travelers and groups. This famous lake is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world to get married. It is not surprising that couples make the trip there all year round to celebrate their wedding and honeymoon.


The catering options


Once settled in, visitors can feast according to their desires: gourmet restaurants, burgers, or pizzas. The lake offers a wide choice of restaurants, from lakeside restaurants and bars to self-service. There are also many restaurants for families.


Entertainment


Many cultural events, like in Valhalla, stand out for the summer concerts, particularly the “Harveys Outdoor Summer Concert Series,” which has already hosted artists such as Elton John, Lady Gaga, and Bruno Mars. Music festivals, such as the SnowGlobe in winter, are held throughout the year.
The South of the Lake casinos features what you would expect from Las Vegas but in a more intimate mountain setting. Games include dice, roulette, blackjack, poker, and slot machines.


How to get there?

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This monster lake is located on the border between the state of California and Nevada. San Francisco, Sacramento, Reno, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas connect this destination. Lake Tahoe is 3.5 hours from San Francisco International Airport, 2 hours from Sacramento International Airport, and 1 hour from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport offers a shuttle service several times a day, while other airports require a rental car or a layover in Reno.

When arriving at Lake Tahoe, our visitors realize how lucky they are to spend a few days in such an exceptional place!