Best places to stay in Lake Tahoe
Truckee 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.
South Lake Tahoe
South 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.
Tahoe 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.