Destination guide

The need-to-know on South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is that rare find—a resort for all seasons. Sparkling with sunshine in summer and glistening with snow in winter, the party never stops in this vibrant city on the picturesque southern shore of Lake Tahoe. Fringed by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the lake provides a majestic setting for water and winter sports, while the city boasts great shopping, a lively restaurant scene, and family-friendly amenities. Book a centrally located South Lake Tahoe vacation rental to be close to all the main attractions and make the most of every day, from the early-morning sunrise right through to après-ski hours.

Things to do

Different views of South Lake Tahoe

A scenic gondola ride is a great way to get your first glimpse of South Lake Tahoe. The Heavenly Mountain Gondola, which operates all year round, climbs 2.4 miles and takes in panoramic views of the city, the lake, and the Carson Valley. Back on ground level, a visit to the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum will help you learn about the resort’s pioneering early years through displays of local artifacts and memorabilia—don’t miss the historic log cabin dating from the 1930s. Opening hours depend on the season, so check before you go.

Activities

Seasonal fun in South Lake Tahoe

Each season showcases a different side of life in South Lake Tahoe. Bright spring mornings create ideal conditions for sport fishing in the deep waters—Tahoe trout are a particular local delicacy. When temperatures reach their summer peak, there are plenty of ways to cool off, from gentle paddleboarding to thrilling speedboat rides. Fall brings opportunities to absorb the spectacular natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains from the network of hiking and biking trails, while the world-class winter-sports facilities of Heavenly Mountain Resort attract a new influx of visitors from mid-November onwards.

Weather

South Lake Tahoe—a year-round resort

South Lake Tahoe’s highland climate swoops from chilly winters to sizzling summers. Snow typically falls from November to March and even into April on occasion, resulting in one of the longest winter-sports seasons in the southwest, and guaranteeing a wide choice of South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals equipped to cater for this thriving vacation sector. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures regularly soaring into the high 80s, but the fresh mountain air keeps humidity in check. South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals by the lake are in high demand during the summer peak, so early booking is advisable.

Natural features

South Lake Tahoe’s fishy friends

A trip to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center offers the chance to get close to some of the fascinating creatures that inhabit this tributary of Lake Tahoe, with the Stream Profile Chamber's floor-to-ceiling windows providing views of Kokanee salmon, trout, crayfish, and frogs in their native environment. From downtown South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals, the visitor center is just a couple of miles’ drive north on Highway 89. The facility is open Memorial Day through October, and entry is free; the grounds are open year-round if you visit outside these dates.

How to get there

Transportation to and around South Lake Tahoe

Fly into Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL), the closest airport, located 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Truckee, CA (TKF-Truckee Tahoe), which is 29 mi (46.7 km) away.

Where to stay around South Lake Tahoe, CA?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,717 vacation rentals near South Lake Tahoe. From 373 Cabins to 1,508 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Lake Tahoe for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to South Lake Tahoe?

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

  • Tahoe Keys: 326 vacation rentals
  • Al Tahoe: 1,520 vacation rentals
  • Tahoe Paradise: 1,593 vacation rentals
  • Montgomery Estates: 700 vacation rentals
  • Tahoe Meadows: 808 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to South Lake Tahoe?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in South Lake Tahoe. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Emerald Bay State Park: 2,275 vacation rentals
  • Lakeside Beach: 3,454 vacation rentals
  • Heavenly Village: 1,933 vacation rentals
  • Heavenly Mountain Gondola: 3,359 vacation rentals
  • Lake Tahoe Golf Course: 2,795 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Lake Tahoe listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in South Lake Tahoe?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 373 Cabins in South Lake Tahoe. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe include:

  • Houses: 1,508 rentals available
  • Cottages: 373 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 449 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in South Lake Tahoe?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 770 vacation rentals with pool available in South Lake Tahoe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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