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Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe, California, USA

The Basics

Much of the world discovered Lake Tahoe when the Squaw Valley ski resort hosted the 1960 winter Olympics, and it has been a favorite destination ever since. Lake Tahoe is split into two sections—North Lake, which includes the towns of Truckee and Tahoe City, and South Lake, which includes the city of South Lake Tahoe.

Head to Tahoe for world-class skiing and snowboarding at resorts like Heavenly Mountain, Sugar Bowl, and Kirkwood. In addition to downhill skiing, the area offers snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and other wintery fun. In the summer, the area is popular for kayaking, boating, stand-up paddleboarding, and Jet Skiing. The surrounding area is a popular camping spot and offers hiking and biking paths.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Lake Tahoe

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Great Ride!
Allison_B, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
Great trip. Much shorter than expected. Prepare to take your time. Bring towels so you can get into the water as well. I have very inexperienced bikers and they did just fine.
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Electrical Bike Tour on Incline East Shore
Pierre_V, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
The sceneries along the lake in Incline, seen from the East Shore trail are gorgeous. The electrical bikes were excellent and easy to operate (first time for me). The employees at the rental company, were professional and very nice. What a great and enjoyable experience.
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Beautiful biking
Tracey_L, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
Fun, fun time with easy to use bikes along a gorgeous trail on the east shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, nice way to see the lake up close, highly recommend!
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Great Tour
sfk129, Jun 2021
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
The views were stunning and it was great to see the entire lake in one day. The driver, Nevada Smith, was delightful and had an amazing knowledge of the area.
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Nice
Darcy_W, May 2021
Driving Lake Tahoe: A Self-Guided Tour From Incline Village to South Lake Tahoe
Nice, easy to listen to. Would do it again. Able to stop and put on hold when we got out of the car.
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Absolutely perfect
Naomi_G, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
So amazing! I want to do this again ! The owners were helpful. The bikes could be completely electric or assisted or completely manual. The views were spectacular and the trail paved the whole way along the beach. There were plenty of places to park and lock up the bike to check out the beaches and explore. I’ll be back!
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Highly recommended
John_B, May 2021
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
Driver's knowledge was impressive and he made the experience very enjoyable with his running dialogue.
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Amazing!!
Jason-Sandy, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
We had an amazing time!! We had never ridden electric bikes before… GAME CHANGER!!! The location for this trail ride couldn’t be better. Absolutely beautiful views on this ride!!
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Beautiful ride.
Jeanne_M, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
It was a beautiful ride and the motorized bikes really helped on the hills. The beach area is very nice and has lots of opportunities for great pictures.
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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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Awesome views
Lynsey_B, Apr 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
Best experience and views of Lake Tahoe!! Highly recommend this during your vacation. It was the best part of our vacation!
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The Equalizer
Larry_A, Aug 2020
Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
The electric bike was amazing as it t allowed my wife to not only keep up but stay smiling as we rode the east side of Lake Tahoe. She does ok until the hills and heat are a factor. This was what is needed for everyone to have fun.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The lake’s elevation is 6,225 feet (1,897 meters), and mountain resorts sit even higher, so prepare for altitude sickness by staying hydrated.

  • The sun is strong in the mountains—wear sun protection year round.

  • Snow chains are usually required in bad weather unless you have a 4WD vehicle with snow tires; checkpoints are set up on mountain passes, and the highway patrol enforces snow chain regulations.

  • You can purchase snow chains from licensed vendors who set up on the sides of the roads.

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How to Get There

Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the closest major airport, is about 60 miles (95 km) from South Lake Tahoe and 37 miles (60 km) from Truckee. There is also a smaller Truckee Tahoe Airport. To reach the lake by car, take Interstate 80 from San Francisco and Sacramento, US 50 from Sacramento, or US 395 from Yosemite National Park.

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Trip ideas

Top Hiking Trails in Tahoe

Top Hiking Trails in Tahoe


When to Get There

Ski season is generally late November–April; winter holidays and long weekends such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Fourth of July, are the most crowded. There are very few roads through the mountains and around the lake, so traffic can get backed up. Spring and fall offer fewer crowds and a more relaxing environment, though some business close during these shoulder seasons.

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Truckee River

During the summer, if you’ve had your fill of lake activities, head to the Truckee River, located between the lake and the quaint, historic town of Truckee. You can spend your time river rafting, or exploring the walking and biking paths run along the riverbank, next to State Route 89.

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