Things to do in Tahoe, NV

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Take It or Leave It:

If you are an outdoors buff, South Lake Tahoe's busy city life may not be for you.

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Parking lots at Tahoe fill up fast. Get to beaches and trails early in the morning.


Fourth of July's weekend traffic is notoriously frustrating.


Sand Harbor on hot summer weekends. It will be packed full of people.

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Many hotels, like the Ritz-Carlton offer special events for both guests and non-guests.

Take It or Leave It:

Some hotels at area resorts offer ski-in, ski-out amenties.


Winter weekends after a snowstorm are busy–book early.


The cheaper motels in Kings Beach or South Lake Tahoe.


Some smaller restaurants will close for the winter season.

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Casino buffets (like the one at Harrah's) are inexpensive ways to get lots of food.

Be Sure to Sample:

The bagels and coffee at Rude Brothers Bagels in South Lake Tahoe.

Take It or Leave It:

Want a view of the lake? Check out small restaurants in South Lake Tahoe or Tahoe City.


Fast food restaurants. There are many local places to check out.

Take It or Leave It:

Some bars like the Fat Cat in Tahoe City have karaoke or trivia nights.

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Many summer music events are free to the public.


Be careful driving at night in the winter around the lake. It's icy.


Nightclubs before 10 pm. They don't get going until around 11:30 or so.

Take It or Leave It:

Want some cowboy boots? Check out Virginia City near Reno, Nevada.

Hot Tips:

Shop historic downtown Truckee for unique gifts.


Prices at the ski resorts will always be a bit more expensive.


The typical gift shops in Stateline selling t-shirts and hats.

Best Local Souvenir:

Photographs or paintings of the lake by local artists.

Things to do in Tahoe

Tahoe is known for...

Five of Tahoe's most unique features and characteristics.

1. Snow:

In the winter season of 2010-2011, the Lake Tahoe area got over 500 inches of snow in some places, making the Tahoe ski areas ripe for winter fun. Thousands of visitors come to the Tahoe area every winter for skiing, boarding, sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The area has 7 world-class resorts of all sizes, from the massive Squaw Valley USA in Olympic Valley and the smaller Mt. Rose near Reno which is a favorite of locals. The Tahoe backcountry is ripe for some quiet, nature time and after a snowstorm is paradise for the snowshoer or alpine skier.

2. Clear, Blue Water:

Lake Tahoe's water is known for its clarity. You can actually see down about 30 feet from the surface and you can even scuba dive and snorkel in the clear, blue water. The maximum depth of the lake is about 1,645 feet deep with an average depth of about 1,000 feet. It is the second deepest lake in the United States after Crater Lake. Since the water is snowmelt, it is cold year round, but in the months of July, August, September and even into October you can swim without a wetsuit. The average temperature of the lake is about 45 degrees F in the winter and 65 degrees F in the summer.

3. Hiking:

The Lake Tahoe area in the Tahoe Range and the Sierra Range is a great place to go hiking. Not only can you hike around the lake on the Tahoe Rim Trail but you can hike to several peaks including Mt. Tallac which is over 9,700 feet, Mount Rose at over 10,700 feet and Freel Peak, the tallest in the area at over 10,800 feet. However, you don't have to climb to the top of a mountain, there are plenty of moderate to easy hikes in the area including Spooner Lake and the Rubicon Trail on the edge of the West Shore of the lake.

4. Laid Back Atmosphere:

Any ski town is bound to have its laid back atmosphere and Tahoe is no exception. Tourist season (especially around the Fourth of July) can be a bit crazy, but locals are still laid back and relaxed. You can find many locals chilling in coffee shops, riding their bikes along the several bike trails, strolling with their dogs or hanging out at a book store in Truckee or Tahoe City. It might have something to do with the fresh air, or the knowledge that your day can be cut short by a sudden snowstorm, but Tahoeites are really in no hurry.

5. Beautiful Sites:

Emerald Bay. Mt. Tallac. Sugar Pine Point. People come from all over the world just to see the beautiful sights of Lake Tahoe. Just driving around the entire lake can yield at least a dozen stops to dig out the camera. The pine trees in winter, the aspen trees in the fall and the big, blue lake in the summer make for some beautiful photos. You can also check out the great sites around some of the towns: Tahoe City is quaint and the Truckee River will sometimes have bears fishing for salmon and Stateline is lit up with casinos and bright lights.

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