Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

Overview

Straddling the Nevada-California border and 320 mi/515 km northwest of Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe (12 mi/19 km wide and 22 mi/35 km long) is the highest alpine lake in the U.S. The surrounding area (usually referred to as "Tahoe") is a year-round resort destination with crystal clear lake water, spectacularly beautiful mountain and lake scenery, historic sites, big-name entertainment, Vegas-style revues and, of course, gambling.

Most of the big casino-hotels—Harrah's, Caesars, Harvey's and the Horizon—are in Stateline, right on the Nevada-California border along Lake Tahoe's south shore. There's plenty of action in the outdoors, too: snow skiing, snowboarding, camping, hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, boat cruises.

Though the lake itself is bisected by the California and Nevada state line, most visitors to the Tahoe area don't concern themselves with this distinction. Instead, visitors often go to the northern or southern ends of the lake. It's not uncommon for vacationers to ski or lodge in California but cross into Nevada for nighttime activities at Stateline or Reno.

Sightseeing

Skiing and wilderness-conquering aside, there are also gambling, big-name entertainment and Vegas-style revues around Lake Tahoe.

You can fill a day or two by simply driving around this incredible lake, stopping for visits in the Nevada towns of Virginia City, Carson City and Reno.

In California, visit Bodie State Historic Park (one of the best examples of a real ghost town anywhere); Donner Memorial State Park (commemorating the disaster where snowbound pioneers in the winter of 1846-47 were forced to eat their dead); and the Old West town of Truckee.

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