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Lake Tahoe, California, USA

The Basics

Much of the world discovered Lake Tahoe when the Squaw Valley ski resort hosted the 1960 winter Olympics, and it has been a favorite destination ever since. Lake Tahoe is split into two sections—North Lake, which includes the towns of Truckee and Tahoe City, and South Lake, which includes the city of South Lake Tahoe.

Head to Tahoe for world-class skiing and snowboarding at resorts like Heavenly Mountain, Sugar Bowl, and Kirkwood. In addition to downhill skiing, the area offers snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and other wintery fun. In the summer, the area is popular for kayaking, boating, stand-up paddleboarding, and Jet Skiing. The surrounding area is a popular camping spot and offers hiking and biking paths.

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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
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Excellent very well organized process
The trip was excellent!! Thoroughly enjoyed the views as well as the explanations. One suggestion…. Please let future guests know to bring a jacket with a hoodie. It was very cold as we traveled to Emerald Bay!! The trip back was much more pleasant. Thank you!! Marta Rivera, Imelda Bustamante & Armida Álvarez
Marta_R, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Lake Tahoe

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Nice Cruise
Teresa_B, Apr 2021
Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
This was our first trip to Lake Tahoe. We enjoyed the relaxing cruise and finding out the history of the beautiful lake. It was a nice sunny day, and the snow covered mountains made some beautiful memorable pictures. Only criticism I have is while social distancing is still a must with this pandemic, there were way too many people on the boat. I witnessed some uncomfortable exchanges of words between some people because there was not enough seating for groups of people to be six feet apart.
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Boat Ride
Todd_R, Jun 2021
Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
The boat ride was great. The crowed conditions, not so much. When I bought my tickets it said social distancing was required. The boat was packed. Way to may people to stay 6 feet apart.
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Highly recommend
Juanita_N, May 2021
Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
It was the best experience. The staff was so friendly. Plenty of space felt safe with COVID and people were responsible. Diversity of ages, families and ethnicity. Would highly recommend!
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Great Ride!
Allison_B, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
Great trip. Much shorter than expected. Prepare to take your time. Bring towels so you can get into the water as well. I have very inexperienced bikers and they did just fine.
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Electrical Bike Tour on Incline East Shore
Pierre_V, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
The sceneries along the lake in Incline, seen from the East Shore trail are gorgeous. The electrical bikes were excellent and easy to operate (first time for me). The employees at the rental company, were professional and very nice. What a great and enjoyable experience.
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The Perfect Outing
Virginia_P, Jun 2021
Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
We appreciated the free shuttle to and from our Hotel. The overall experience was wonderful. It was informational as we learned about the history of Lake Tahoe. and Emerald Bay. The scenery and beauty of our surroundings made it the perfect outing. Thanks for such a wonderful experience.
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Beautiful biking
Tracey_L, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
Fun, fun time with easy to use bikes along a gorgeous trail on the east shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, nice way to see the lake up close, highly recommend!
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Great Tour
sfk129, Jun 2021
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
The views were stunning and it was great to see the entire lake in one day. The driver, Nevada Smith, was delightful and had an amazing knowledge of the area.
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Relaxing, informative, and beautiful cruise
Joy_Q, May 2021
Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
The vessel is clean and the bathrooms are well taken care of. The tour speakers are at a good volume so that it doesn't overtake all conversation to be had while cruising. There are enough seats for everyone, and of course, Tahoe never disappoints.
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Nice
Darcy_W, May 2021
Driving Lake Tahoe: A Self-Guided Tour From Incline Village to South Lake Tahoe
Nice, easy to listen to. Would do it again. Able to stop and put on hold when we got out of the car.
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Highly recommended
John_B, May 2021
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
Driver's knowledge was impressive and he made the experience very enjoyable with his running dialogue.
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Absolutely perfect
Naomi_G, Jun 2021
Half-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
So amazing! I want to do this again ! The owners were helpful. The bikes could be completely electric or assisted or completely manual. The views were spectacular and the trail paved the whole way along the beach. There were plenty of places to park and lock up the bike to check out the beaches and explore. I’ll be back!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The lake’s elevation is 6,225 feet (1,897 meters), and mountain resorts sit even higher, so prepare for altitude sickness by staying hydrated.

  • The sun is strong in the mountains—wear sun protection year round.

  • Snow chains are usually required in bad weather unless you have a 4WD vehicle with snow tires; checkpoints are set up on mountain passes, and the highway patrol enforces snow chain regulations.

  • You can purchase snow chains from licensed vendors who set up on the sides of the roads.

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How to Get There

Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the closest major airport, is about 60 miles (95 km) from South Lake Tahoe and 37 miles (60 km) from Truckee. There is also a smaller Truckee Tahoe Airport. To reach the lake by car, take Interstate 80 from San Francisco and Sacramento, US 50 from Sacramento, or US 395 from Yosemite National Park.

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Trip ideas

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Guide

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Guide

Top Hiking Trails in Tahoe

Top Hiking Trails in Tahoe


When to Get There

Ski season is generally late November–April; winter holidays and long weekends such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Fourth of July, are the most crowded. There are very few roads through the mountains and around the lake, so traffic can get backed up. Spring and fall offer fewer crowds and a more relaxing environment, though some business close during these shoulder seasons.

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Truckee River

During the summer, if you’ve had your fill of lake activities, head to the Truckee River, located between the lake and the quaint, historic town of Truckee. You can spend your time river rafting, or exploring the walking and biking paths run along the riverbank, next to State Route 89.

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