A nature lover’s paradise rings North America’s largest alpine lake.

There’s plenty of adventure to be had at North America’s largest alpine lake. It’s difficult to overstate Lake Tahoe’s stunning natural beauty — granite spires, snowcapped peaks and imposing fir trees frame the 191 square miles of sparkling blue water. Paradise for the outdoor enthusiast, the area boasts countless miles of hiking trails, world-class mountain biking and thrilling watersports — not to mention roughly 400 inches of fresh powder each year. Charming mountain towns circle the area’s 72 miles of shoreline, which spans the California-Nevada border.

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Explore Lake Tahoe

  • Truckee
  • Carson City
  • Tahoe City
  • Incline Village



Twelve miles from the lake, buzzy little Truckee has a distinctly mountain-town feel. Stroll the historic district to check out the mom-and-pop shops, craft breweries and trendy restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate easy access to Donner Memorial State Park.

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Dining, Breweries

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Carson City


Settled during the 19th-century Silver Boom, Carson City is filled with history and hiking trails. Get a sense of Nevada’s past by following the Kit Carson Trail and explore the wide range of beaches — with options for both families and fans of clothing-optional sunbathing.

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History, Casinos , Beaches, Outdoor Recreation

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Tahoe City


Blessed with epic views and a lovely downtown area reminiscent of a Swiss ski village, Tahoe City sits at the headwaters of the Truckee River on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. Come summer, the 4-acre park in town offers a place to swim at popular Commons Beach.

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Outdoor Recreation, Skiing , Dining, Shopping

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Incline Village


Located on the eastern side of Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, Incline Village is the town of choice for many a one-percenter — it’s hard to miss the massive mansions perched on rocky outcrops above the lake. Whatever your tax bracket, there are plenty of outdoor adventure options, as well as some upscale casinos.

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Outdoor Recreation, Casinos, Skiing , Dining

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Three Days of Nature in Lake Tahoe

Aerial view of lake at sunrise

Explore Emerald Bay

One of the wonders of the West Coast, Emerald Bay is a gem of a state park on Lake Tahoe’s southeastern rim. Spend the day snorkeling through an underwater trail, paddling to a remote island and hiking to a forgotten teahouse.

Hiker on trail overlooking lake

Bike and Hike East Lake Tahoe

East Lake Tahoe is best enjoyed on two wheels. Take a spin along a newly constructed bike path and be rewarded with sandy shores where you can test the alpine waters (spoiler alert: the water is cold, even in the summer) — plus chickadees who eat right out of your hand.

Selection of pastries in shop

Spend Time on the West Shore

On the northwestern shore, experience life like a local in the California enclave of Tahoe City. Take it easy with a round of golf on a historic course and a stroll through the serene grounds of a fascinating little museum.

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