Lake Tahoe

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe is a stunning alpine lake that beckons with crystal-clear waters and breathtaking mountain vistas. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker hitting the slopes or lakeside sunbather, Tahoe offers a year-round playground for nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers alike.

Best Time to Visit

Spring and Fall are the best times to go if you want to avoid the crowds. Winter is best for those into snowsports, while Summer is best for great weather, but it is also the most crowded.

man standing next to a blue lake

Lake Tahoe is 1645 feet (501 meters) deep with an average depth of 1000 feet, which makes it the second deepest lake in the United States and 16th in the world.


Where to Stay

This alpine lake has four shores, each offering its own unique options. Which is best for you will depend on what you expect from your trip or vacation.

beautiful blue lake with snow-capped mountains in the background

This is the center of all the action, with the casino strip, countless restaurants, and plenty of shopping. This section of the lake also offers just enough nature to feel like you are in the mountains.


This area offers a perfect combination of amenities in towns like Kings Beach, which is surrounded by great beaches and forested areas. There is plenty of fun to be had, but this shore has a more relaxed vibe.

top view of lake tahoe

This is all about nature, and most accommodations are surrounded by dense forest, making you feel like you are at a mountain lake. This area is best known for its vacation rentals, along with some gorgeous beaches and hiking trails.


This area is fairly barren and devoid of accommodations. This is a great place to visit as the road along the shore is scenic, with the best sunset in Tahoe and great beaches along the way.

hot springs near lake tahoe

Lake Tahoe is not a man-made lake and was formed over two million years ago through faulting of the Earth’s crust.


lake with clear turquoise waters

Go on a Scenic Drive

The 72-mile drive is filled with breathtaking panoramic views.

snow covered ski resort in winter

Hit the Slopes

Enjoy world-class ski destinations like Heavenly, Palisades, and Northstar.

hiking trail with lake views

Hike the Trails

Explore the Rubicon Trail, Eagle Falls, and Vikingsholm Trail