Lake Tahoe (United States)

Lake Tahoe Travel Guide and Trip Resources


High-altitude freshwater lake

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake on the border of California and Nevada
Summer: watersports. Winter: skiing.
South shore is bustling and fun, the north shore is more quiet and relaxing.

Deep dark blue and deep dark green. Those are pretty much the two overpowering colors you are going to encounter at Lake Tahoe (ignoring the white of snow in winter). This high-altitude freshwater lake sits on the border of California and Nevada and attracts millions of outdoors lovers a year.

What do these outdoors enthusiasts come to do here? Please don't ask us to list everything, but in summer that ranges from boating to hiking, watersports and more while in winter the slopes at resorts like Squaw Valley and Heavenly are some of the best in the country. Add to that a certainty of snow in winter, 300 days of sunshine a year and the picture probably becomes a bit clearer.

Once you've zoomed in on Tahoe as a place to visit, the next question becomes: North or south? East or west? The easiest way to break it down is to tell you that the south shore is all about fun: casinos, golf, restaurants, bars and so on. The north is much calmer and quieter. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Lake Tahoe is a region in United States. It is situated at an altitude of 6234ft and the best airport to fly into is RNO (Reno Tahoe International, Reno)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)

Lake Tahoe Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

39 41 45 50 59 68 79 77 70 59 46 41

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

6 5.3 4.1 2.1 1.2 0.7 0.3 0.3 0.6 1.8 3.6 5.6

More Lake Tahoe travel resources

The Wikitravel and Lonely Planet can tell you more. If you want to get more background to the differences between the sides of the lake than we just gave you, read on at Lake Tahoe Recreation.

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