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Vacation in Lake Tahoe - California

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Area Overview

Lake Tahoe. What can you say about a lake that is ranked “Best Lake in America” by USA Today, and the number one ski destination by Rand McNally and Orbitz, and the number one travel destination by TripAdvisor? Beautiful Lake Tahoe, where California and Nevada meet. Skiing and boating. Bike trails and blackjack. Ice-skating and bar hopping. Casino excitement and family fun. All available near the most beautiful Alpine lake in North America.

With an infinite number of fun things to do in Tahoe during the summer, you could never get bored. The lake itself is an enormous draw to boaters, fishermen, water skiers and more. Lake Tahoe has many beautiful beaches where you can catch some rays and enjoy a nice book. The hundreds of hiking trails in the Tahoe Basin range from easy to expert difficulty, and camping is one of the most popular summer things to do in Lake Tahoe. Easily one of the most popular things to do in Lake Tahoe for groups, families and solo fishing enthusiasts, Tahoe boasts plenty of licensed fishing guides, skippers and crew with decades of experience fishing in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe for Mackinaw (Lake Trout), Rainbow Trout, rown Trout, and Kokanee Salmon. Lake Tahoe fishing guides take off from both the North and South Shore and have a variety of boats including 24, 30 and 45 footers. Action Water Sports is located in South Lake Tahoe and offers everything from kayak rentals
to boat rentals including 55-foot catamarans. Action Water Sports is your source for summer fun and things to do in Lake Tahoe. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, as rentals tend to be very popular during the summer. They can be reached at 530.544.JETS or by e-mailing them at

Also contact or visit the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center California at 530.544.5050 or at

North Lake Tahoe is home to 12 resorts and towns – all with their own personality – including the Old Tahoe neighborhood of the West Shore, the vibrant downtown community of Tahoe City, Squaw Valley which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics putting California snow on the global map, historic Kings Beach (won in a poker game back in Tahoe’s heyday), Northstar, the region's newest pedestrian village, as well as Incline Village, home to some of the area’s most awe-inspiring lakefront mansions.

Lake Tahoe South Shore offers spectacular scenery, endless recreation opportunities, casino resorts with headliner entertainment, great dining options, family-oriented activities and value accommodation packages year round. Pristine Lake Tahoe sets the stage, with the High Sierra mountain range as the background. Summer activities include all types of water sports, fishing, lake cruises, hiking, mountain and road biking. Winter activities begin with world class skiing at three major snow sports resorts, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Includes Cities/Towns: South Lake Tahoe, Stateline, Zephyr Cove.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Tahoe has the largest concentration of alpine ski resorts in North America with more than 20 downhill and cross-country ski centers around the lake. Snowmobiling, dogsledding, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and winter cruises on the lake also provide endless variety.

Golf season begins in May at Tahoe, and courses are as abundant as water holes and sand traps. In fact, there are more than 50 courses in Lake Tahoe and within a 60-minute drive of the region, offering phenomenal opportunities for visitors to take a swing, including the exquisite Incline Village Championship Course.

Other summer activities include stand up paddle boarding, hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, sailing, water skiing and boating.

Cultural Activities


Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in the country, and is home to rocky coves, white sand beaches, plunging cliffs, and glacier carved granite peaks. Forests of Jeffrey and Sugar Pine ring much of the 72-mile shoreline.

Scenes from “The Godfather II” and “Bonanza” were shot at Lake Tahoe, as well as “The Bodyguard” with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, and “City of Angels” with Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage. Bonanza was the first television series shot in color, which resulted in major sales of RCA televisions.


BlueGo Public Bus service and taxi cabs.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  18.0  30.5  43.0  2.7 "
 February  19.8  31.9  44.0  2.7 "
 March  24.0  36.4  48.8  2.8 "
 April  27.8  40.8  53.8  1.0 "
 May  33.3  48.4  63.5  1.0 "
 June  38.5  55.1  71.8  0.6 "
 July  43.0  61.6  80.3  0.4 "
 August  42.5  61.0  79.5  0.4 "
 September  37.5  55.5  73.5  0.7 "
 October  30.3  46.5  62.8  1.7 "
 November  24.0  37.3  50.5  2.9 "
 December  19.0  30.9  42.8  2.9 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and winter.

Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the low 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 20's. Summer temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the low 30's and highs in the low 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 10's.


We swear that there’s something for everyone here at Lake Tahoe and that includes the right place to stay. Luxurious 4-star rooms in full-service Lake Tahoe hotels and resorts, rustic cabins and vacation rentals, camping/campgrounds, vacation rentals and B&B’s are all plentiful.


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