The Vacationer’s Guide to Lake Tahoe

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Enjoy year-round activities when you visit Lake Tahoe, a placid lake that lures people of all kinds to its pristine waters. Because it’s surrounded by beautiful mountains, you can hike during the summer and ski and snowboard during the winter. This destination won’t disappoint as it has nine surrounding cities to offer you perfect accommodations.

Get to Know the Surrounding Cities

Lake Tahoe is a large, beautiful lake stretching between California and Nevada. The lake is surrounded by many small cities, all of which you can visit during any time of the year. The cities include:

  • Tahoe City
  • Truckee
  • South Lake Tahoe
  • Stateline
  • Tahoe Vista
  • Homewood
  • Incline Village
  • Kings Beach
  • Crystal Bay

Each city offers unique scenes with varying populations, restaurants, and nightlife.

Where to Stay

Because Lake Tahoe receives thousands of visitors all year round, the surrounding cities have an abundance of lodging options for visitors. Ski resorts are popular options for the winter months, but also provide other amenities during warmer weather. In South Lake Tahoe,  the Aston Lakeland Village Beach and Mountain Resort offers on-site activities, shuttles to ski parks and casinos, and houses a beautiful private beach right on the lake.

If the resort scene isn’t what you’re looking for, South Lake Tahoe is also home to more cozy bed and breakfasts like the Black Bear Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Other surrounding cities have larger hotels and resorts like the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Lake Tahoe City and Ferrari’s Crown Resort in Kings Beach. Plan your trip early and use this list of cheap Lake Tahoe hotels to book a room.

Transportation Options

Everyone chooses different means of transportation when visiting Lake Tahoe. If you want to fly in, then the Reno/Tahoe International Airport is about a one-hour drive from the Lake. There are also two smaller private airports in Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.

Public transportation is readily available for visitors who don’t want to rent a car. The Bay Area Ski Bus picks up all over the Bay Area including Sunnyvale, Fremont, San Francisco, and Oakland. In addition, many ski resorts offer bus and shuttle rides to restaurants, ski slopes, beaches, and casinos.

North Lake Tahoe also has a public bus service called TART, Tahoe area rapid transit.

A fun fact about this lake destination is that hitchhiking is common in the north shore. Friendly locals will pick up hitchhikers and take them short distances.

If you’d rather view the lake from the water, hop on the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle. It carries 12 passengers and eight bicycles so you can bike around the cities when you get off the shuttle.

Outdoor Activities

Visitors to Lake Tahoe come for the views and the activities. Depending on your interests, you’ll find something to entertain everyone in your travel group. You can hike to Cave Rock, explore D.L Bliss State Park, and gaze at Emerald Bay State Park’s glacier.

You’ll also find a multitude of water sports during the summer months and snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing, and snowmobiling during the winter.

Lake Tahoe is unlike other destinations. For the outdoor adventurers, you can’t beat all that this lake destination has to offer.

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