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Explore the lakeside setting in Lake Tahoe

Enjoy the entertainment and other features of Lake Tahoe. This city's lake, skiing and casino gaming draw many visitors. Take in top local attractions like Heavenly Ski Resort and Northstar California Resort. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


Activities and attractions in Lake Tahoe

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in town? Travelers enjoy Lake Tahoe for its skiing, hiking and snowboarding. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Lake Tahoe a fun place to get away. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Heavenly Ski Resort (12.2 mi / 19.6 km)
  • Northstar California Resort (13.2 mi / 21.2 km)
  • Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe (18 mi / 28.9 km)
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort (28.6 mi / 46 km)
  • Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area (6 mi / 9.6 km)
  • Homewood Mountain Resort (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a destination with activities spanning many seasons. If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 88°F. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in January, March, February or December, when snowfall averages 7.19 inches and temperatures average 22°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Lake Tahoe

Travelers love Lake Tahoe for its panoramic lake views and pristine beaches. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Lake Tahoe. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Cave Rock Park (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Skunk Harbor Trail (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Meeks Bay Beach (6.2 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Zephyr Cove Beach (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Commons Beach Park (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Lake Tahoe

The nearest airport is in Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL), located 14.2 mi (22.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Truckee, CA (TKF-Truckee Tahoe), which is 16.5 mi (26.6 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Truckee Station.

How many vacation rentals are available around Lake Tahoe?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 6,743 house rentals around Lake Tahoe. From 3,630 Houses to 775 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Lake Tahoe is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Tahoe?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Tahoe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • South Shore: 2,873 vacation rentals
  • California: 50,720 vacation rentals
  • South Lake Tahoe: 2,726 vacation rentals
  • Truckee: 3,922 vacation rentals
  • Tahoe Keys: 313 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Tahoe! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Tahoe?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Tahoe:

  • South Lake Tahoe: 2,726 rentals
  • Truckee: 3,922 rentals
  • Reno: 188 rentals
  • Tahoe City: 3,033 rentals
  • Incline Village: 2,263 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Lake Tahoe?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Lake Tahoe are:

  • Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL): 2,862 home rentals
  • Carson City, NV (CSN): 1,691 home rentals
  • Minden, NV (MEV-Minden-Tahoe): 2,419 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Lake Tahoe?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Lake Tahoe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Washoe Club Haunted Museum: 673 vacation homes
  • Tahoe Donner Cross Country Area: 3,914 vacation homes
  • Sand Harbor: 4,763 vacation homes
  • Wild Island Family Adventure Park: 182 vacation homes
  • Krebs-Peterson House: 2,779 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Tahoe listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Lake Tahoe

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Tahoe Vista
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