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Lake Tahoe

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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Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
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Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
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$70.00 per adult
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Great tour
The tour was great. We got to go all around the lake. Our guide was very knowledgeable, patient, and friendly.
Maria_P, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lake Tahoe

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Great ride on beautiful lake tahoe
Mary_S, Aug 2022
Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
Had a wonderful experience renting ebikes & riding 4 miles on trail beside beautiful lake Tahoe to Sand Harbor. The staff was super helpful and the bikes were in good shape. It was wonderful & I'm definitely coming back.
star-5
Totally worth it!
Leticia_A, Jun 2022
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
We were picked up very promptly by our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable of Lake Tahoe and it's surrounding area. The views were spectacular. Definitely worth it. Take the tour as soon as you arrive at Tahoe and take notes of your favorite places to return. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
So glad we did this, it...
Leon_D, Jul 2022
Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
So glad we did this, it was so much fun. We did a full day ride and stopped for lunch at at Tunnel Creek Cafe which was very good. At our age (58 and 60) we couldn’t have seen and done so much if it weren’t for the electric bikes!
star-5
Outstanding! Nevada Smith was awesome!
RAJ_N, Jun 2022
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
He has great knowledge and was very resourceful and informative. Overall great value and coverage for the money
star-5
Great tour
ammancillas51, May 2022
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
We got to see a lot of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Our driver was very knowledgeable and very informative.
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Cruising….
Alice_P, Jul 2022
Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
I definitely recommend the full day ride, especially if you want to spend anytime at Sand Harbor. It is soooo much fun!
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Nice
Darcy_W, May 2021
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.
star-5
Lake Tahoe Is AMAZING
Teresa_M, May 2022
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
Our tour guide was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and made everyone have an enjoyable experience. Thanks
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Would highly recommend!
Nancy_B, May 2022
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
Great tour! Our guide, Chris, was a wealth of information and trivia! Just the right amount of stops and time at the stops. Highly recommend!
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Enjoyable and Informative
Liz L, Oct 2019
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
Lake Tahoe is a beautiful area. I really enjoyed the stop at Tahoe City. It was a charming town on the water; was very clean, and had lots of character and spectacular fall color, There were restaurants and shops as well. I liked the scenic stops at Emerald Bay and Tahoe Dam--our guide fed the trout at the dam!. It's neat that we also got to see salmon spawning below a bridge.
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Super cool and unique experience
Kellie_R, Aug 2021
Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
The whole process from booking to picking up/returning the e-bikes was super easy. The trail you end up taking is amazing and one of the best ways to experience the different views of the lake. Getting used to the weight and power of the ebike took a little getting used to for not having rode one before but it was very much enjoyable after getting used to. Would definitely check them out again when we are in the area
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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.
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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

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Guide

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Guide

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Lake Tahoe?
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Attractions near Lake Tahoe:
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What else should I know about attractions in Lake Tahoe?
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As well as visiting the Lake Tahoe, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: