The marketing and visitors group that promotes it calls it "Blue". What a perfect name. It is blue in the summer when the lake is deep and rich in its hues, and it turns to a pale blue in the winter when ice forms and snow obscures your views of the lake that you can see from the vistas throughout the city.
Take a tram ride to appreciate the beauty that unveils itself during all seasons.
Access to the South Lake Tahoe is incredibly easy. You can fly in direct on small commercial planes, or access it through numerous flights into Reno where shuttles depart regularly throughout the day and drop guests off near the doorsteps of the main hotels.
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. It measures 12 miles wide by 22 miles long by 1,645 feet maximum depth. Its shoreline is 72 mile long.
The travel destination isn't just for California lake vacations, but also for vacation getaways that involve the outdoors. From camping, fishing, and golfing, to horseback riding, to snow and water sports, South Lake Tahoe offers amazing adventures, beautiful scenery, and over 15 beautiful resorts and hotels. Harrah's is located across the state line in Nevada.
South Lake Tahoe is located on the California state border near Nevada approximately 188 miles north-east of San Francisco.
More than 25,000 people live in the city & call it home, but the visitors can easily double that amount in the city and its neighboring stateline.
You can get to South Lake Tahoe by flying into the Reno or Sacramento airports, with charter buses going hourly to South Lake Tahoe major hotels from Reno Airport.
If you'd prefer to drive, South Lake Tahoe is approximately a 3 ½ hour drive from San Francisco. South Lake Tahoe is located on Lake Tahoe which is 12 miles wide, 22 miles long and features 72 miles of shoreline. Cities surrounding the lake include South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City on opposite ends.
Near the Northern section of the lake and Tahoe City are cities named Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Sunnyside, Homewood and Tahoma. This northwestern side of Lake Tahoe offers skiing at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow. Not far from Tahoe City is the Donner Memorial State Park and Donner Lake. The southeastern side of the lake that borders Nevada and a city called Stateline, Nevada, includes popular South Lake Tahoe. Skiing and gambling casinos (on the Nevada side of the street) make South Lake Tahoe a popular resort destination for event planning, weddings, meetings, social functions and outdoor enthusiasts.
South Lake Tahoe's ski resort is Heavenly. Dinner cruise boats on this side of the lake include the Tahoe Queen. Visitors can enjoy South Lake Tahoe for the outdoor experience, as well as shopping at some of the many great gift shops.
Families can go bicycling, or kids can enjoy the Caesars Tahoe Arcade while parents golf at the Edgewood Golf Course or go fishing with Backwater Charters. Visit the Aspen Lounge to test your luck at the casino, or take the family out to eat at the American River Café for a real treat. If you enjoy skiing, you'll love the winter months at South Lake Tahoe.
Incredible skiing or snowboard is available at Sierra-at-Tahoe ski lift where average winter snowfall is approx. 20 feet and temperatures average 38 degrees.
South Lake Tahoe offers fantastic powder conditions ideal for beginners to expert skiers and snowboarders.
In the summer months of July through August, temperatures average about 80 degrees and the evenings aren't very cold at all. The spring and fall temperatures average about 56 degrees.
Be sure to pack a sweater or jacket along with some lightweight clothing and you'll be set. Dressing in layers is usually recommended. Blue South Lake Tahoe is a beautiful trip you'll never forget.
Lake Tahoe beaches include: Baldwin Beach, Camp Richardson Resort & Marina, Connolley Beach, El Dorado Beach, Emerald Bay Beach, Kiva Beach, Nevada Beach, Pope Beach, Regan Beach, Round Hill Pines Beach & Marina, Ski Run Beach, Tallac Picnic Area and Zephyr Cove Beach.
South Lake Tahoe hosts annual events all year round, including the Hwy 50 Wagon
Train in June, Star Spangled Fourth Lights on the Lake on the 4th of July,
the Lake Tahoe Marathon in October and much much more.