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South Lake Tahoe

When it comes to Tahoe adventures, indoors and out, the state-straddling community of South Lake Tahoe is always the center of the action. Hit trails, slopes, waves, and beaches by day, then reward yourself with incredible restaurants, gaming and nightlife, and a swanky stay at one of four world-famous South Shore Lake Tahoe casino resorts.

“It must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords.”

Mark Twain

Explore the South Shore of Lake Tahoe

The Sierra Nevada is calling, and you must come. If it’s alpine adventure you’re after, South Lake Tahoe has you more than covered. The fun never stops at Nevada’s lineup of famous California border-hugging South Lake Tahoe casinos—home to world-class gaming, all manner of eats, and party-hardy bars and clubs—which also make a perfect hotel base camp for classic South Shore Lake Tahoe excursions in every season. Whether you’re here to hit the slopes, tackle the trails, bum it up at the beach, or simply soak in those unbeatable Lake Tahoe views, if you’re looking for what to do in South Lake Tahoe, let us get your gears turning.

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South Lake Tahoe in the Summer

South Lake Tahoe steals plenty of the summertime spotlight, too, including on some of the lake’s most popular beaches. If you’re cool with brisk dips, swimming abounds at sprawling Baldwin Beach, pine-studded Pope Beach, Mount Tallac-viewing Nevada Beach, and Zephyr Cove—South Tahoe’s one-stop shop for all things on-the-water. Don your captain’s hat and rent powerboats (plus plenty to pull behind it), pontoon boats, Sea Doo jet skis, and water toys. Take to the skies on a parasailing trip. Or simply lounge on the dog-friendly beach and knock back a few breezers, brought straight to your beach chair from the on-site Sunset Bar & Grille.

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Heavenly Mountain Resort
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Zephyr Cove is also the berth-place of the famous M.S. Dixie II, the triple-decker, 500-passenger, Mississippi-style paddle wheeler that has been cruising Lake Tahoe’s sapphire-blue waters since 1972, and which still offers daytime and sunset dinner cruises, including to breathtaking Emerald Bay.

South Shore Lake Tahoe hikers and mountain bikers have their pick of incredible trails to take on and peaks to bag, especially along South Tahoe’s sections of the 165-mile, lake-circling Tahoe Rim Trail. Intrepid trampers earn their Lake Tahoe views from the top of 9,728-foot Mount Tallac, which rises above the pristine Desolation Wilderness, as well as to the mountaintop trio of Jobs Peak, Jobs Sister, and Freel Peak—each above 10,000 feet, and among the highest in the Lake Tahoe Basin. (Taking two wheels? Two words: Mr. Toad’s.) Flatter options abound at Taylor Creek Visitor Center, and along many walking paths around town. 

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Heavenly Village
Heavenly Mountain Resor

Right at the base of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola, center-of-the-action Heavenly Village delights shoppers, foodies, and families with 40 local and name-brand shops, dozens of top restaurants, an 8-screen cinema, and even mini-golf and an ice rink.

Meanwhile, golf lovers owe themselves a round at Edgewood Tahoe, a stunning, lakefront golf course, which hosts the annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. (Ever watched Charles Barkley, Tony Romo, or Larry the Cable Guy take a swing on ESPN? That was here.) And abundant shopping awaits at Heavenly Village’s 40 brand-name stores.

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South Lake Tahoe
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South Lake Tahoe in the Winter

Wintertime is wonderful anywhere around Lake Tahoe, but the neighboring towns of Stateline, Nevada and South Lake Tahoe, CA easily join forces as the snowy season’s adventure capital. Heavenly Mountain Resort dominates South Tahoe’s slope scene, boasting Lake Tahoe’s most skiable terrain (4,800 acres), highest summit elevation (10,067 feet), and longest vertical drop (3,500 feet). Skiers and snowboarders float fresh powder and weave through trees on nearly 100 runs, some crisscrossing Nevada and California.

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M.S. Dixie II at Emerald Bay
Zephyr Cove Resort

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

In sun or snow, on the water, trail, or slopes, and over either side of the state line, it’s easy to pack your days in South Lake Tahoe. So treat yourself to a night of comfort and luxury at one of the Nevada side’s incredible, famous resorts. You deserve it.

Non-skiers find thrills on Heavenly’s 2.4-mile-long gondola, which whooshes up to 9,100 feet in elevation, with abundant Lake Tahoe views en route and at the Observation Deck, where you can get a bird’s eye understanding of exactly why we call it “Big Blue,” the largest alpine lake in North America. At Heavenly’s Adventure Peak family-friendly snow-play area, plop yourself down in a doughnut-shape snow tube and barrel down a 65-foot vertical drop. 

A few miles up Nevada’s eastern slice of Tahoe, rev up the adrenaline at the Zephyr Cove Resort Snowmobile Center. Drive your own “mountain sled” on a guided tour through aspen groves, pine forests, and snow-covered meadows, then up to a 9,000-foot summit. Of course, if flat ground is more your speed, snowshoers and cross-country skiers chart their own courses around a variety of meadows and trails, including Tallac Historic Site, while ice-skaters circle ’round the rink at Heavenly Village.

Lake Tahoe History & Culture

Like many places around Nevada, the first European to “discover” Lake Tahoe was famed explorer John Fremont back in 1844, however the Washoe people had already been around for several thousand years. (In fact, “Tahoe” is actually a poorly English-ified pronunciation of a Washoe word that means “edge of the lake.”) Thanks to the silver rush in nearby Virginia City back in the 1860s, settlers and entrepreneurs streamed in, mowing down vast amounts of timber for buildings, both up on the Comstock and, increasingly, around Lake Tahoe, as this beautiful place began to catch the eyes of well-heeled vacationers. 

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Emerald Bay

Visit Lake Tahoe

In 1880, the visionary Lucky Baldwin built Lake Tahoe’s first high-end resort, paving the way for the next century’s eventual boom of the South Lake Tahoe casinos and lodging we know and love today. You can still get a taste of that 19th-century luxury at Tallac Historic Site, which offers tours of old estates, a museum, and an arts and events center. 

Get into more larger-than-life Lake Tahoe history on a tour of Vikingsholm Castle, the summer home of Lora Josephine Knight, a wealthy heiress and widow who used her fortune to build a 38-room Scandinavian-style mansion on Emerald Bay, which reminded her of the fjords she’d seen on trips to Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. It’s a steep hike down from the Emerald Bay State Park trailhead, but you can also take the fun way and boat in.

South Shore Lake Tahoe Restaurants

South Lake Tahoe is a world-class tourist destination home to about 20,000 residents, all of whom love to eat. With nearly 200 South Shore Lake Tahoe restaurants on the menu, you can find pretty much whatever you’re craving, from fancy casino steakhouses to fresh seafood joints to international dining and everything in between. 

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Edgewood Tahoe
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Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe
Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe

Grab beachfront views and spectacular cuisine at places like the elegant Edgewood Restaurant, the always-happenin’ Riva Grill (beware of their high-octane Wet Woody cocktails!), or the classic and casual Beacon Bar & Grill. Imbibers toast to a day well spent at several tasty breweries, and dozens upon dozens of wine bars, sports bars, tap houses, bars, and nightclubs. No matter what you’re hungry (or thirsty) for, you’re bound to find it at a tasty plethora of South Lake Tahoe restaurants.

South Lake Tahoe Casinos & Hotels

If you’re into nightlife, opulent rooms with stunning views of the lake, top-notch cuisine, poolside sanctuaries, and maybe a little casino floor gambling action, you’re in luck at four fantastic South Lake Tahoe casinos, all of which straddle the main drag right across the state line in the aptly named community of, well, Stateline, Nevada. 

The South Shore Lake Tahoe casino scene as we know it started back in the 1940s with Harvey’s Wagon Wheel Saloon & Gambling Hall, which got the ball rolling for famous properties like the Sahara, Harrah’s, and Caesars, where, in subsequent decades, revelers would flock to see top-bill entertainers like Elvis, the Rat Pack, and more—and still do, especially during Harveys Summer Concert Series, which has invited the likes of Phish, Elton John, Lady Gaga, and plenty more to the 4,000-seat Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, with the Sierra Nevada mountain range as its stunning backdrop. 

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Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe
view of lake tahoe from a hotel room in south lake tahoe

Today, Harvey’s Tahoe offers 740 rooms and suites, entertainment by top comedians at The Improv, and fine dining at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen and the lake-viewing, 19th-floor Sage Room Steak House. A tunnel takes you across the street to Harvey’s sister property, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, where 512 more rooms and luxury suites await, the South Shore Room has been selling out concerts and comedy shows since 1959, the Reflections Spa delights, Cliché Lounge hips things up, and the 18th-floor Friday’s Station Steak & Seafood Grill delivers fine flavors and views of the lake from every table.

The lodging at Golden Nugget Lake Tahoe Hotel & Casino is equally comfortable, contemporary, and spacious. Take in mesmerizing views of “the Jewel of the Sierra,” enjoy fine dining at the local-centric Park Prime Steakhouse, or keep the party going with live DJs at Center Bar. Right up the street, Bally’s Lake Tahoe Casino Resort luxes things up with palatial suites, an amenity-packed spa, big-name entertainment in the showroom, chic hangs at the Opal Ultra Lounge, and the award-stacked Ciera Steak & Chophouse, Lake Tahoe’s only four-diamond restaurant. 


Whether you’re shredding the slopes, tackling a trail, rocking out at a show, or simply living it up, South Lake Tahoe-style, tag your snaps #TravelNevada and you might see them here.

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I golfed in two places at once 😌…Can you say the same? ⛳️Hole 9 at edgewoodtahoe crosses the state line from Nevada into California.

When I first found out, I thought it was the most exciting fact about a golf course I have ever learned ➡️ only because when I was a kid I saw the movie, ‘A Walk to Remember’, and I decided to add “to be in two places at once” onto my bucket list 🤷🏻‍♀️ and I never thought of playing golf in two places at once 🙃 So I technically crossed an item off my bucket list without it being on my bucket list 😂✅

Can you name another golf course that is in two states?👹

Visit my YouTube channel to watch my full course vlog! ⏯

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Great opening weekend at Heavenly!
Nature walk straight to the lake 🌬❄️⛄️

This 2 mile out & back trail leads you straight to a small cove of the South Lake Tahoe shore. Cove East is a California Tahoe Conservancy restoration project. You can admire the land but staying on the trail and respecting the access permitted guidelines. The trail is dog friendly and lightly trafficked with joggers and sightseers. 

On this trail to the lake you might see a variety of wildlife such as: bald eagles, beavers, tree swallows, Pacific tree frogs, etc. With gorgeous views of the mountains and the lake it’s one of my favorite nature walks! 

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❌ GUIDE TO VISITING HEAVENLY SKI RESORT ❌ save this post for your next trip by tapping the little flag icon opposite the like button ☝🏻
Spread across 2 different states with 4 different base areas, Heavenly can be one tricky ski resort to navigate. But once you learn the basics it can be so rewarding, it has some of the BEST views of Lake Tahoe you’re ever going to see! Not to mention 28 chairlifts, 97 runs, 4,800 skiable acres (the most in Lake Tahoe), 3,500 vertical feet (unmatched on the West Coast) and sits at 10,067 feet in elevation (the highest in Lake Tahoe). 
It’s taken us a few years of riding and exploring to really learn the ropes and we wanted to save you all that time by creating this guide! So here’s the down & dirty on skiheavenly 👇🏻
You can access the entire mountain of terrain from any of the 4 bases. So how do you choose?! 
✨ Stagecoach Lodge: we consider this our preferred home base when snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. It’s the closest to The Tahoe House and provides the quickest and easiest access to the mountain (7 min drive) There’s an old school ski lodge and free parking (arrive by 8:30am to snag a spot) and just steps away from the parking lot is Stagecoach Express Quad chairlift. 
✨ California Lodge: this would be our second choice. It’s the furthest base from The Tahoe House (11 min drive) but also provides free parking (arrive by 8:30am to snag a spot). Just a few steps from the parking lot is Gunbarrel Express chairlift and the Aerial Tram as well as a bunny hill that’s perfect for beginners. 
✨Boulder Lodge: this small base area is adjacent to Stagecoach Lodge on the Nevada side Boulder chairlift and Boulder Bowl offer simple, green terrain which makes it a great fit if you’re with kids or beginners.
✨Heavenly Village & Gondola: if you want to throw yourself right into the heart of tourism in South Lake Tahoe, head to Heavenly Village! Complete with restaurants, shops, an ice skating rink and a movie theater, the gondola sits right in the middle of all of the touristy action.
DM us with any questions! Happy trails, friend 🏂⛷🤙🏻✨
Normally when snow ❄ falls lakes freeze... but Tahoe lives by its own rules in winter. #MondayMotivation⁣
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What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Lake Tahoe? ❄️🌲

Most likely it’s the Lake... for obvious reasons. However during the winter it’s all about the snow covered mountains! The Sierra Nevada ridge is home to one of the best ski regions in the country if not the world, with skiheavenly resort being in the center. 🎿⛷🏂

We were lucky enough to stay at the peak of the mountains theridgetahoe_ which was literally slope side & conveniently located adjacent to Heavenly's Stagecoach Express Lift. Even better you don’t even need to leave the hotel to start the ski day,  just take the ski in/ski out service via the new Hilltrac Skier Express elevator (a self-operated, 8-passenger gondola-type transport that sits on a track & with the swipe of your room key, it whisks you down the slopeside right to the lift!) As you can see behind me in this photo. 🚡❄️🚠❄️🚟

If you rather go sledding there are loads of safe areas to have fun in the snow with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and snowy mountain peaks around you to explore #SierraSafely ❄️🏔🛷 TahoeSouth sierrasafely
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They say not to wear white after Labor Day, but wedding dresses are the perfect exception. ✨ 
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Be in two places at once at Van Sickle Bi-State Park. This park is in both California and Nevada - and provides great options for hiking, biking, and sunset watching!
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