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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, California, USA

The Basics

Much of the world discovered Lake Tahoe when the Squaw Valley ski resort hosted the 1960 winter Olympics, and it has been a favorite destination ever since. Lake Tahoe is split into two sections—North Lake, which includes the towns of Truckee and Tahoe City, and South Lake, which includes the city of South Lake Tahoe.

Head to Tahoe for world-class skiing and snowboarding at resorts like Heavenly Mountain, Sugar Bowl, and Kirkwood. In addition to downhill skiing, the area offers snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and other wintery fun. In the summer, the area is popular for kayaking, boating, stand-up paddleboarding, and Jet Skiing. The surrounding area is a popular camping spot and offers hiking and biking paths.

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Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
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Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
star-4.5
$70.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Would highly recommend!
Great tour! Our guide, Chris, was a wealth of information and trivia! Just the right amount of stops and time at the stops. Highly recommend!
Nancy_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lake Tahoe

star-5
Enjoyable and Informative
Liz L, Oct 2019
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
Lake Tahoe is a beautiful area. I really enjoyed the stop at Tahoe City. It was a charming town on the water; was very clean, and had lots of character and spectacular fall color, There were restaurants and shops as well. I liked the scenic stops at Emerald Bay and Tahoe Dam--our guide fed the trout at the dam!. It's neat that we also got to see salmon spawning below a bridge.
star-5
Excellent
Vickie_R, Aug 2021
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
The views around the lake were breathtaking. The tour has the perfect mix of stops and opportunities to take pictures. The guide, Nevada Smith was excellent!!! Great tour.
star-5
Super cool and unique experience
Kellie_R, Aug 2021
Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
The whole process from booking to picking up/returning the e-bikes was super easy. The trail you end up taking is amazing and one of the best ways to experience the different views of the lake. Getting used to the weight and power of the ebike took a little getting used to for not having rode one before but it was very much enjoyable after getting used to. Would definitely check them out again when we are in the area
star-5
Great experience
Tony_C, Jul 2021
Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
The equipment was in great shape and worked well. Amazing views on the bike trail. Great customer service
star-4
Nice
Darcy_W, May 2021
A Self-Guided Tour From Incline Village to South Lake Tahoe
Nice, easy to listen to. Would do it again. Able to stop and put on hold when we got out of the car.
star-5
The Equalizer
Larry_A, Aug 2020
Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
The electric bike was amazing as it t allowed my wife to not only keep up but stay smiling as we rode the east side of Lake Tahoe. She does ok until the hills and heat are a factor. This was what is needed for everyone to have fun.
star-5
Comfortable Bus Tour
Claire_S, Oct 2020
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
Nevada Smith was engaging. He communicated excellently and remembered our names. We enjoyed an absolutely beautiful day riding around Lake Tahoe. Hint: when choosing your seat, sit on the right side - our tour went in the clock-wise direction. We were all 40+ You know your family; Not sure teens and children would engage and be happy riding from 8am - ~3pm. Lunch is on your own and two hours.
star-4
Beautiful virws
Peggy_W, Jul 2021
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
The views were outstanding. The driver was very talented at going over the mountain roads and through traffic. I think he was a bit long winded, right?
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Tour Lake Tahoe
Gary_R, Aug 2020
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
Nevada Smith was an excellent guide!!! Very comfortable, leisurely, and informative trip around beautiful Lake Tahoe!!! Definitely add this to your bucket list!!
star-5
Awesome experience
Jacque_O, Jul 2021
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
Awesome trip. Fantastic driver, very informative. Would recommend this to everyone. Loved hearing all about the history of the area in other towns.
star-5
Excellent service/fun adventure
DeeAnn_B, Sep 2020
Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour | Lake Tahoe's Iconic East Shore Trail
Excellent customer service and the bike was well maintained it was a great time. Excellent vistas of the lake. Highly recommend this ride.
star-4
Ride tour of Lake Tahoe
Larry_S, Jun 2021
Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley
We enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us some ideas on what we should see during our visit. I wish we could have made a few more stops where we could have gotten out and looked around but I realize that parking is almost impossible everywhere. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is a first time visitor who needs some tips on how to navigate the area. I would suggest that the driver keep a cooler with water to sell on very hot days.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The lake’s elevation is 6,225 feet (1,897 meters), and mountain resorts sit even higher, so prepare for altitude sickness by staying hydrated.

  • The sun is strong in the mountains—wear sun protection year round.

  • Snow chains are usually required in bad weather unless you have a 4WD vehicle with snow tires; checkpoints are set up on mountain passes, and the highway patrol enforces snow chain regulations.

  • You can purchase snow chains from licensed vendors who set up on the sides of the roads.

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How to Get There

Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the closest major airport, is about 60 miles (95 km) from South Lake Tahoe and 37 miles (60 km) from Truckee. There is also a smaller Truckee Tahoe Airport. To reach the lake by car, take Interstate 80 from San Francisco and Sacramento, US 50 from Sacramento, or US 395 from Yosemite National Park.

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Trip ideas

Top Hiking Trails in Tahoe

Top Hiking Trails in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Guide

Lake Tahoe Ski Resort Guide


When to Get There

Ski season is generally late November–April; winter holidays and long weekends such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Fourth of July, are the most crowded. There are very few roads through the mountains and around the lake, so traffic can get backed up. Spring and fall offer fewer crowds and a more relaxing environment, though some business close during these shoulder seasons.

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Truckee River

During the summer, if you’ve had your fill of lake activities, head to the Truckee River, located between the lake and the quaint, historic town of Truckee. You can spend your time river rafting, or exploring the walking and biking paths run along the riverbank, next to State Route 89.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Lake Tahoe?
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What else should I know about attractions in Lake Tahoe?
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As well as visiting the Lake Tahoe, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: