Lake Tahoe

Where is the best city to stay in Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe straddles the state line between California and Nevada in the United States and is a major tourist destination. Popular lakeside places to stay are Tahoe Vista and South Lake Tahoe or at Truckee about 15 kilometres to the northwest. Whether you are holidaying with family, small children, teenagers or just a group of friends or a couple looking for a great time there is something for you in this high Sierra Nevada paradise. On the Nevada side big-name entertainment awaits along with cheap dining and glittering casinos. On the Californian side the feel is more low-key with hiking, camping, boating and sightseeing being more popular.


From late spring until early autumn the lake is heaven for lovers of water sports with jet-ski rentals, kayaking, parasailing and boating and many lakeside restaurants have their own mooring sections. In the winter it is all about sledding, skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiles and skating. From beginner to black run expert there are slopes for all levels in the numerous Tahoe area ski resorts. Accommodation ranges from bargain roadside motels through to private house rentals and catered ski-lodges to secluded hotels high in the mountains. Hostels offer dorms for solo travellers and there is a wide selection of shared ownership properties.

Hotel   Avg price
Stardust Lodge
South Lake Tahoe
145€ - 173$
Hotel   Avg price
Alder Inn
South Lake Tahoe
107€ - 127$
Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort
Tahoe Vista
148€ - 176$
Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge
Tahoe Vista
170€ - 202$
Hotel   Avg price
Grand Residences by Marriott - Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe
197€ - 234$
Northstar Lodge-A Welk Resort
279€ - 332$
Resort at Squaw Creek
Olympic Valley
303€ - 361$
Hotel   Avg price
The Landing Resort & Spa
South Lake Tahoe
208€ - 248$
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
489€ - 582$


If you are interested in where to stay in Lake Tahoe, you may also be interested in where to stay in San Francisco, where to stay in Yosemite, where to stay in Yellowstone and where to stay in Grand Canyon.

Best places to stay in Lake Tahoe


Truckee Lake TahoeTruckee is the gateway to Lake Tahoe and has a history rich with gunslingers, saloons and other Wild West fantasies. Thousands of people every year come to stay in Lake Tahoe and with a great shopping area and the Donner State Memorial Park there is something in Truckee to entertain the whole family.


Summer and winter sports abound and all work up a healthy appetite and Truckee has a diverse range of places to eat from modern American cuisine to formal dining. There are five Zagat rated restaurants in the town and tiny coffee shops serving calorie laden pastries and strudels as well as irresistible chocolate shops. While shopping shouldn’t be priority on your holiday list if you do need a spot of retail therapy then head for the Tahoe Truckee Factory Stores where all the big brand names can be found with tons of opportunities for bargain hunters and big spenders alike.


Free activities in Truckee include geocaching, kayak rental on Independence Lake, summer concerts under the stars, chilling out on one of the 35 public piers by the lake or on joining in the summer festival that is Truckee Thursday between mid-June and mid-August. There are several museums in Truckee to learn about the history of the town and The Truckee River Railroad is great fun for all the family with a miniature train for the children and the chance to learn about the local working railroads.


Places to stay in Truckee range from a Dude Ranch to a variety of motels, holiday resorts, private rentals, quaint B&B’s, RV hook-ups and hotels; including one that opened in 1873.



Accommodation in Truckee




South Lake Tahoe

South Lake TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe is the largest of the lakeside cities and has a wide variety of entertainment options. The city is a designated bike-friendly community and there are plenty of scenic rides to explore as well as being able to get round the city faster! There are shopping opportunities everywhere whether you want the latest designer gear for your chosen sport; winter or summer, brand basics or to buy gifts and souvenirs from local galleries and artisans.


Boating events such as guided cruises and sailboat racing take place all season and firework displays light up the night skies. The paddle steamer boat cruises round the lake for a different view in the summer months or you can ride the gondola all year and get a bird’s eye view instead. There are many hiking routes but the one up to Vikingsholm Castle gives you stunning photo opportunities across Emerald Bay.


There is enough in South Lake Tahoe to keep you entertained 24 hours a day winter and summer surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery, pine forests and with incredibly gorgeous sunsets. Restaurants serving all manner of local and international cuisine will tempt you before the casinos open up ready to part you from your cash or for a wedding with a difference then look no further; the Tahoe Mountain Wedding Chapel has it all.


Accommodation is rich and diverse in and around South Lake Tahoe ranging from cheap roadside motels to luxurious holiday resorts that offer every amenity you could possible want.



Accommodation in South Lake Tahoe




Tahoe Vista

Tahoe VistaTahoe Vista will never be boring! Boating, skiing, restaurants, arts, shopping, music and many other forms of entertainment will make sure your holiday on the shores of the crystal clear lake is simply amazing. Learn to kayak, sail or SUP on the deep blue water in the warmer months or take an exciting snowmobile tour when the snow falls.


The Tahoe Vista Recreation Area covers nearly three acres and has full facilities by the lake including boat launching, picnic spots, walking and bike trails. North Tahoe Marina has rentals for just about every water sport known to man or try your hand at fishing with one of the many charter companies. The whole family can enjoy a lunchtime cruise or for adults only the sunset and cocktail cruises are a great way to see the beauty of Lake Tahoe from a different perspective.


For sun worshippers just between Tahoe Vista and the state line to the east is the long flat stretch of Kings Beach which is in the suns path from early morning until very late in the evening. To the west is Carnelian Bay where the Concours d'Elegance wooden boat show is the highlight of the year.


Throughout the year festivals like the Shakespeare Festival, Autumn Food and Wine Festival and Tahoe Arts Projects Festival draw in big crowds from all over the world who flock to see the excellent musicians and artists.


If you are looking for the widest accommodation choice around Lake Tahoe then look no further than Tahoe Vista. Most of the lodgings are snuggled up to the edge of the lake and visitors can choose from B&B’s, motels, hotels, shared ownership rentals, private house rentals, hostels and so much more.



Accommodation in Tahoe Vista