Vacation in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe has been a vacation destination for over three thousand years, when the Washoe and Paiute Indians enjoyed their summer R&R at the Lake. For just about as long, Lake Tahoe has elicited superlatives from its visitors. The Washoe called it "The Lake of the Sky". Mark Twain proclaimed the Lake to be "the fairest picture the whole earth affords!" These days, we use phrases like majestic, breathtaking and awe-inspiring.
However you describe it, Lake Tahoe is a pristine jewel of nature. Surrounded on all sides by the Sierra Nevada mountain range, you can see on average 72 feet down into its cobalt waters.
Lake Tahoe was formed about 25-million years ago and is the second deepest lake in the United States at 1,645 feet deep. It is the tenth-deepest in the world and one of the clearest. Lake Tahoe has 75-miles of shoreline, is 22-miles long, 12-miles wide, and the lake surface level averages 6,225 feet.
A vacation to Resorts in Lake Tahoe is all about time management. With great South Lake Tahoe activities, skiing and more winter and summer activities than any other travel destination, you’ll have a tough time squeezing everything in.
But above all else, Lake Tahoe is about the Lake itself. And the most spectacular view of Lake Tahoe - perhaps the most awesome view from a ski area summit anywhere - is at the top of Heavenly's Sky Express. From here the Lake looks like a brilliant blue sapphire, encased in a rugged ring of snowy granite. You won't find a better view than this at any Lake Tahoe ski area.
There's special, and then there's a whole different category of special - reserved exclusively for Lake Tahoe.
How To Plan A Lake Tahoe Vacation
Want to visit Lake Tahoe and don’t know where to start?
Make sure to visit our off-mountain activity page for information about snowmobiling, hot springs, helicopter and hot air balloon tours and other things to do around town. Also check out our sample itinerary for a jumping off point of what a trip here can include.
South Lake Tahoe offers the combination of breathtaking natural beauty with tons of restaurant choices and activities. Whether you want to mountain bike, ski and paddleboard or you’d rather grab a coffee and check out the town’s thriving art scene, there’s something here for everyone.
Why Summer in South Lake?
The Lake comes to life in the summer.
Come spend a day on the beach, checking out the activities at the top of the Heavenly Gondola, or hike and bike around the mountains. Get a drink at one of the outdoor bars in town then check out live music in Heavenly Village.
Things to Do in Lake Tahoe
Winter or summer, being adventurous or laying low, there’s something in Tahoe for everyone.
Take in the beautiful views of Emerald Bay and enjoy the area’s world class hiking. Experience the excitement of the local gaming industry and take in one of the casino’s shows. Grab a gourmet meal at one of many restaurants or take a dinner cruise.
Check out our activities page for more ideas.
Where to Stay
With so much to do we hope you won’t spend too much time in your hotel. When do you need to rest, there are ample accommodations.
For the outdoorsman- South Tahoe has an assortment of lake view campgrounds. Our Heavenly Gondola area is the center of everything the resort has to offer. Stay in one of the casino resorts or at a property right next to the beach.
Check out our lodging page for hotel options.