South Lake Tahoe, CA

Travel Guide
Emerald Bay State Park
Come to this Lake Tahoe destination in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to ski in winter, swim in summer and enjoy a lively nightlife year-round.

South Lake Tahoe is the adventure capital of the spectacular Lake Tahoe region. Enjoy sandy beaches, ski resorts, hiking trails and year-round nightlife amid breathtaking natural scenery. South Lake Tahoe lies between the south banks of Lake Tahoe and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. 

South Lake Tahoe’s commercial center is at one end of the town adjacent to the California/Nevada stateline, home to restaurants, hotels and retail outlets. Learn about the region’s history at the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum. See wildlife and landscape photography displays at the Jon Paul Gallery and rotating exhibitions by local artists at the Tahoe Art League. 

The beaches of South Lake Tahoe are ideal for relaxation and watersports. Rent a paddleboat or kayak from Ski Run Marina to explore the lake’s calm water. Try water skiing and wakeboarding or relax on the shore with a picnic while enjoying the scenery and sunsets. Just a 20-minute drive from the town center is Emerald Bay State Park. Discover secluded beaches lined with pine forests. Take a guided tour of the Scandinavian-style castle, Vikingsholm.

Ride the Heavenly Gondola cable car from South Lake Tahoe town center to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Admire the views from the observation deck perched on a 9,123-foot (2,780-meter) high peak. Come in the winter to ski and snowboard on almost 100 runs. When the snow melts the resort transforms into a summer sports hub. Travel on a 3,300-foot (1,000-meter) long zip line or enjoy a hot air balloon ride. Hike or bike along trails to enjoy panoramas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Go out after dark to experience South Lake Tahoe’s nightlife. Find bars and nightclubs situated in the town center. Alternatively, make the short walk into Nevada for a night out at the casinos and entertainment centers. 

South Lake Tahoe is a popular destination offering a mix of culture, entertainment and natural beauty. Get here by flying to Tahoe-Reno International Airport, which is a 1-hour drive away. Rent a car to visit other Lake Tahoe outdoor recreation centers, including Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Where to stay in South Lake Tahoe

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 out of 5
931 Park Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is ¥12,767 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,543 reviews)
South Tahoe
"Great stay. Very clean."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is ¥19,853 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly resort in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,396 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Quick checkin."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Station House Inn
Station House Inn
3 out of 5
901 Park Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is ¥18,012 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,007 reviews)
Convenient, Clean, and Free Drinks!
"Staff was super helpful. Loved the free drinks at check-in. We stayed in the Cozy King and it was fine for two people but would not recommend for more than that. The room was great and the bed was super comfortable! Location is great - within walking distance to Starbucks and some fun outdoor eating ..."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Station House Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
3.5 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is ¥16,523 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,644 reviews)
"We really did enjoy ourselves the service there was extraordinarily good very professional very kind rooms were beautiful no complaints"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Hilton Vacation Club Lake Tahoe Resort
Lakeland Village at Heavenly
Lakeland Village at Heavenly
3.5 out of 5
3535 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is ¥30,860 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a private beach. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.9/5 Good! (647 reviews)
"Great location and lots of space"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

Lakeland Village at Heavenly
Marriott's Timber Lodge
Marriott's Timber Lodge
4 out of 5
4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
The price is ¥28,285 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 4-star ski aparthotel in South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,573 reviews)
Great!
"A wonderful family stay in Tahoe at the Timber Lodge. Hotel was modern, lively and just a pleasure all around with its location and convenience to so much. The valet and guest care texting services were super smooth and responsive. Everybody was great. The pool, kids sprinklers and 3 hot tubs were ..."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Marriott's Timber Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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