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Pictured above clockwise left is couture shopping in South Lake Tahoe Village, a group enjoys a view from the top of the Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola, Embassy Suites in the winter, Lake Tahoe and mountains as seen from gondola ride, dancers perform "All That Jazz" at Harrah's across the state line in Nevada and slots machines at Harvey's are ready for action.

Celebrate the Seasons in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is an ideal travel destination for those who love the outdoors. From camping, fishing, and golfing, to horseback riding, to  snow  and water sports, South Lake Tahoe offers amazing adventures, beautiful scenery, and 17 beautiful resorts and hotels.

Located on the California state boarder near Nevada, approximately 188 miles north-east of San Francisco, South Lake Tahoe is home to over 24,000 residents.  You can get to South Lake Tahoe by flying into the Reno or Sacramento airports, with charter buses going hourly to Lake Tahoe major hotels, or if you’d prefer to drive, South Lake Tahoe is approximately a 3 ½ hour drive from San Francisco.

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. Californians living at the beach can escape the winter doldrums and overcast days on a short weekend getaway to the mountains. Mesmerizing snowfalls cover the pine trees in a blanket of white between late November and early April, providing some incredible skiing or snowboard at Sierra-at-Tahoe ski lift. With an average winter snowfall of about 20 feet and temperatures averaging 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. Lake Tahoe beaches you can enjoy during the summer 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 also offers 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.

With an array of hotels and resorts to chose from, you can stay at the Best Western Station House Inn, the Holiday Inn Express, the 3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club and many more. Enjoy your stay at South Lake Tahoe, with fun and adventure always waiting for you.

100 Lake Parkway
Stateline, NV
(775) 588-3566
(888) 881-8659
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-1977
50 Hwy 50
Stateline, NV
(775) 588-6211
(800) 648-3322
15 Hwy 50
Stateline, NV
(775) 588-6611
(800) 427-7247

1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Road
Twin Bridges, Ca
(530) 659-7453

 El Dorado County cities. The other is Placerville.

I booked a flight costing approximately $170 leaving from Orange County Airport to Sacramento with a return flight from Reno to Orange County. The round trip bus cost an additional $50 (approximate) but was well worth the price for someone who has not driven on snowy, mountain roads very often. I stayed two days in Sacramento, one of my favorite cities in California, and then traveled onto South Lake Tahoe where I had a suite reserved at the Embassy Suites.


Arriving at the Embassy Suites in South Lake Tahoe as daylight faded into night, the interior room lights shone 8 or 9 stories tall in an attractive building, surrounded by other larger hotels such as Harrah’s Hotel and Casino and Harvey’s, just feet across a walkway on the state line dividing California and Nevada.  


For this non-smoker, I preferred staying in the California hotel where smoking is prohibited in public areas versus the Nevada properties.  Gambling was not calling me into the Nevada resorts either…I have never dropped even a nickel into the slots and haven’t been tempted. If you are as tight with your money as I was on this trip, you will appreciate the amenities at Embassy Suites. After I was given a 3-minute spiel from a blonde desk clerk who spoke quickly and efficiently, telling me about the made-to-order breakfast and Manager’s Reception offered daily,  I took the elevator to my spacious suite in Room 525, and hurried back down to the 2nd floor Atrium. I got in a fast moving line where drinks were being prepared and served by three hotel staff making cocktails of all sorts.


For the price of a room, I was permitted two free mixed liquor drinks (I tried and liked the Margaritas). With rooms as low as $109 seasonally and averaging around $150 – 199, this 4-Diamond property at the foot of Heavenly Ski Resort's Gondola is a great value.


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.  - More to come!

Getting there: You can drive, fly or take a bus to South Lake Tahoe.


Location: California's El Dorado County on the border of Nevada.

Attractions: Mountains, lakes, skiing, snowmobiling, shopping, dining, Nevada gambling, casinos

Contact: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority1156 Ski Run Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150   Phone: (530) 544-5050 Fax: (530) 544-2386