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.

Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is ¥10,175 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is steps from Heavenly Valley and Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village are also within 1 mi ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,443 reviews)
"Good location, walkable from shopping area. Parking not convenient outside of the property Concierge service was very friendly. I would stay again here."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Hotel Azure
Hotel Azure
3 out of 5
3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is ¥16,443 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
This family-friendly South Lake Tahoe hotel is located in a shopping district, just steps from El Dorado Beach and Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Valley and South Lake ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (973 reviews)
"Friendly, helpful, and homely staff. Nice location right next to the lake. Areas of improvement: get shuttle to ski resort, nicer hallways"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

Hotel Azure
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is ¥19,339 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Situated in the mountains, this resort is steps from Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Casino at Harveys ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,912 reviews)
"This hotel was a short walk to the Heavenly gondola which was a major big deal since I had my 4 year old son. When you have young kids, you need to get to your destination as easy, quick and safely as possible. Plus we had our own snow gears."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
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.
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
901 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is ¥10,175 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is steps from Heavenly Valley and Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village are also within 1 mi ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,443 reviews)
"Good location, walkable from shopping area. Parking not convenient outside of the property Concierge service was very friendly. I would stay again here."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Tahoe Beach & Ski Club
Tahoe Beach & Ski Club
3 out of 5
3601 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is ¥23,304 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Nestled on the beach, this South Lake Tahoe aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Heavenly Valley and Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (467 reviews)
"Clean, new, one bedroom room has two bathrooms, very convenient"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Tahoe Beach & Ski Club
Marriott's Timber Lodge
Marriott's Timber Lodge
4 out of 5
4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is ¥26,150 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located near the slopes, this Lakeside Park aparthotel is in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of The Shops at Heavenly Village and Lakeside ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,499 reviews)
"Absolutely loved this property! Wont stay elsewhere!"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2021

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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