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Lake Tahoe is America’s largest alpine lake, with breathtaking aqua waters that shimmer in the near-constant sunshine, stretching out for nearly 200 square miles across California and Nevada. Watch as yachts leisurely drift on by, or explore the water and surrounding mountains on a Lake Tahoe holiday.

South Lake Tahoe is a hive of activity, with so much to do. Take a gondola up to Heavenly Mountain and be prepared for the adventure that awaits you at the top. Hit a hiking trail, ski, snowboard, take a zipline down the mountain or simply take in the incredible views. On Lake Tahoe’s West coast, you’ll find the shimmering colours of Emerald Bay set against the breathtaking mountainous backdrop. Explore the clear water by kayak and take a gentle paddle out to the lake’s only island, Fannette Island.

Serenity in North Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to truly take in the majesty of the landscape. A fitting spot for outdoor enthusiasts, dreamers and lovers, the North shore of the lake is a quieter destination, with more ski resorts, less visitors and a slower pace of life. For some of the best views the lake has to offer, take to the State Lookout Trail and meander along the old forest road up to the site of the old fire lookout tower, crossing the California-Nevada stateline as you go.

Lake Tahoe is the perfect stop to include on a multi-centre holiday. Explore the rest of California, making stops to see the sites in San Francisco and sample wines in Napa and Sonoma. Take the opportunity to discover other states too, or even head further afield and catch some rays in the Caribbean.

Destination Highlights

  • See Emerald Bay State Park, which centres around the National Natural Landmark of the beautiful Emerald Bay
  • Kings Beach State Recreation Area, the largest public beach in North Lake Tahoe and one of the warmest places to swim in the whole lake
  • Take the Balancing Rock Trail at D.L. Bliss State Park, a mile long trail that will take you right past the Balancing Rock
  • Paddle along the stunning Lake Tahoe Water Trail, 72 miles of shoreline that are perfect for paddling

Great sample itineraries


If you’re looking for more inspiration for things to do in Lake Tahoe, take a look at our sample itineraries. Why not give us a call and let us put together a Lake Tahoe holiday entirely tailored to you?

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Our favorite hotels


Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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The Landing Resort and Spa

Voted by Tripadvisor as one of the ‘Top ten lake hotels in the world’, this newly-constructed resort brings the luxury...
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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino
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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

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The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe is one of the region’s most luxurious hotels, providing supreme comforts within easy reach of...
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Explore Lake Tahoe

Time Zone

GMT -8 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 11 hours; direct flights are available from the UK into San Francisco

Currency

USD - US Dollar

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Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

English

Health Info

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Lake Tahoe

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Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
11° C
110 mm
San Francisco
11° C
110 mm
Yosemite National Park
4° C
160 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
12° C
115 mm
San Francisco
12° C
115 mm
Yosemite National Park
5° C
170 mm

Average Weather in March

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
13° C
80 mm
San Francisco
13° C
80 mm
Yosemite National Park
8° C
130 mm

Average Weather in April

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
13° C
40 mm
San Francisco
13° C
40 mm
Yosemite National Park
11° C
71 mm

Average Weather in May

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
14° C
20 mm
San Francisco
14° C
20 mm
Yosemite National Park
15° C
44 mm

Average Weather in June

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
15° C
6 mm
San Francisco
15° C
6 mm
Yosemite National Park
18° C
18 mm

Average Weather in July

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Yosemite National Park
23° C
10 mm

Average Weather in August

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Yosemite National Park
23° C
3 mm

Average Weather in September

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
17° C
3 mm
San Francisco
17° C
3 mm
Yosemite National Park
20° C
18 mm

Average Weather in October

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
17° C
30 mm
San Francisco
17° C
30 mm
Yosemite National Park
14° C
53 mm

Average Weather in November

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
14° C
70 mm
San Francisco
14° C
70 mm
Yosemite National Park
7° C
120 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Francisco
11° C
120 mm
San Francisco
11° C
120 mm
Yosemite National Park
3° C
140 mm
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"From South Lake Tahoe, take a short drive round past Zephyr Cove to Cave Rock for a spectacular sunset spot. Take a blanket and some snacks and sit overlooking the lake as the sun disappears for the day. It is incredible"

Matthew
Destination Specialist
Charlotte, Destination Specialist

"There are bike trails along the highway that goes around the lake, so make sure to rent one at one of the many rental shops and explore the area around the lake."

Charlotte
Destination Specialist

Sample the Sierra

Local producers come together at this annual festival to offer samples of perfectly paired food and drink. There’s also locally made products on offer, such as jewellery and jam. 

 

Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts

Located in South Lake Tahoe, the Glazed and Confuzed Doughnut shop is definitely a stop you need to make. It has a whole array of impressive and eccentric handmade doughnuts, including Maple Wake N’ Bacon, the Maui Waui and the Blueberry French Toast. The eatery also offers free doughnut delivery, so you don’t even need to venture out of your Lake Tahoe cabin to enjoy the confections. 

Riva Grill

Riva Grill is a waterfront restaurant on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. There’s an elegant ambiance, making it a great place to enjoy some delicious fresh food whilst you look out over the lake. The menu has all sorts of options, including a great range of meat and seafood dishes. The cocktails are definitely worth a try too.

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