A deep blue gem high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is a four-seasons playground for boisterous families, couples and groups of fun-loving friends. Year-round, you’ll find the most action at South Lake Tahoe, on the southern shore near Heavenly ski resort and the neon-lit casinos of Stateline, Nevada.
Take an old-fashioned paddlewheel boat cruise out onto the “Big Blue,” as the lake is nicknamed. After touring landmark Vikingsholm Castle, hike the Rubicon Trail from Emerald Bay to D.L. Bliss State Park. In summer, go chasing waterfalls and hike to alpine lakes hidden in the forest, or just spend the whole day at the beach swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. In winter, it’s all about hitting Tahoe’s powdery ski slopes.
Whether you’re nostalgic for summer camp or looking for a luxurious wintertime ski trip, South Lake Tahoe fits the bill. After a day in the sun or the snow, grab a meal at an old-fashioned burger stand, breezy lakefront marina restaurant or cozy aprés-ski bistro.