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How to get to Lake Tahoe


Take the ‘80’ Freeway East, traffic dependent it will take about 3-4 hours. To avoid heavy traffic start your journey before 1pm, bottle necks are typically near Fairfield and Sacramento, they can lengthen your journey time by several hours.

On route Break your journey by visiting the gold rush towns of Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada. Auburn is by the ’80’, Grass Valley and Nevada City, 25 miles North East of Auburn, they are 5 miles apart on historic Route 49.
From Nevada city take Route 20 for 30 miles rejoining the ‘80’ freeway at Yuba Pass.

PDF Travel Guide Lake Tahoe, Downieville, California

If you have an extra 3-4 hours stay on scenic Route 49, a beautiful tree lined drive though the mountains passing the very first gold rush town, Downieville, well worth a visit!
Why go there? Quaint, historical towns with small museums and original mining equipment on display. Read more about Downieville here


Reno airport is 40 minutes from Lake Tahoe; either follow I-580 N for 5mins to I-80 W or take I-580 S and NV-431 W/Mt Rose Hwy to Incline Village via 431. This is a stunning mountain drive over Mount Rose Lake Tahoe’s highest peak, down into Incline by the lake where you either continue east to south Lake Tahoe or west into the north shore just 10 minutes away.Lake Tahoe, California PDF Travel Guide


We always stay in North Lake Tahoe. The south is mostly in Nevada where gambling is permitted, hotels tend to be larger and most have casinos. The scenery is still beautiful with the lake and the mountains but there is a very different vibe.


West Shore Café 5160 West Lake Blvd. Homewood CA 96141 Tel: 530 525 5200 Price: from $250 per night Comments: On the lake! 6 gorgeous, beautifully decorated suites & 2 villas, some with lake views.

Sunnyside 1850 West Lake Blvd Tahoe City CA 96145 Tel: 530 583 200 Price: from $175 per night Comments: Rustic charm on the lake.


The Hyatt 111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nevada, USA, 89451  Tel:  775 832 1234 Price: from $180 per night Comments: Large rustic lodge style, full service hotel on the lake.


The Ritz Carlton 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Ct, Truckee, California 96161 Tel: 530 562 3000 Price: from $220 per night Comments: Fabulous, right on the slopes at Northstar.

The Village at Northstar Truckee, CA 96161 1800 Tel: GO NORTH  Price: from $180 per night Comments: Superb 1,2 & 3 bed suites in the village!


The Village at Squaw 1960 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Village CA 96146  Tel: 866 818 6963  Price: from $180 per night Comments: Central to everything in the village 1,2 & 3 bed rooms.

Plumpjacks 1960 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Village CA 96146  Tel: 530 583 1576 Price: from $250 per night Comments: Lovely place to stay in Squaw.

The Resort at Squaw Creek 400 Squaw Creek Rd ,Olympic Valley, CA 96146 Tel: 530 5836300 Price: from $200 per night Comments: Upscale with easy lift access to the main ski runs.

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Lunch on the deck of West Shore Cafe, Lake Tahoe, California, USAWest Shore Café 5160 West Lake Blvd. Homewood CA 96141 Tel: 530 525 5200  Lakeside, accessible by boat.

Sunnyside 1850 West Lake Blvd Tahoe City CA 96145 Tel: 530 583 200 great patio on the lake.

Fire Sign 1785 West Lake Blvd Tahoe City, CA 96145 Tel:530 583 871 Great for breakfast.


Bridge Tender 65 W Lake Blvd Tahoe City CA 96145 Tel: 530 583 3342 Riverside for lunch!

The River Grill 55 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145 Tel: 530 581 2644 Fabulous happy hour!

Christy Hills 115 Grove St, Tahoe City, CA 96145 Tel: 530 583 8551 Great food & lake views.

Wolfdales 640 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145 Tel: 530 583 5700 Wonderful fusion style food with lake views!

Garwoods 5000 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140 Tel: 530 546 3366 Lakeside, accessible by boat, famous for its ‘Wet Woody’ cocktails, often half price on a Wednesday!


SpindleShanks 400 Brassie Avenue, Suite B, Kings Beach, CA 96143  Tel: 530 546 2191 Tasty!

Caliente 8791 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143 Tel: 530 546 1000 Great Mexican!

The Soule Domain 9983 Cove St, Kings Beach, CA 96143 Tel: 530 546 7529 Delicious home cooked food in a European cabin setting!


Bite 907 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451 Tel: 775 831 1000 Delicious, small plates!

The Hyatt Lone Eagle Grill 111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nevada, USA, 89451 Tel: +1 775 832 1234 Good traditional American.


The Ritz Carlton 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Ct, Truckee, California 96161 Tel: 530 562 3000 several choices – The Village at Northstar:   Mikuni,   Petra,   Tavern 6330

SQUAW VALLEY again a few good reataurants to choose from including: Grahams, Plump Jack Café, 22 Bistro & Bar

Moody’s Bistro The Truckee Hotel, 10007 Bridge St, Truckee, CA 96161  Tel: 530 587 8688  Often has fabulous live music, our local favourite great atmosphere and vibe!
Pianeta 10096 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161 Tel: 530 587 4694 reliably good
Cottonwood 10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee, CA 96161 Tel: 530 587 5711 a Truckee icon!
Fifty Fifty Brewing Company 11197 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA 96161 Tel: (530) 587-2337 great Brewery and good American fare!



Lake Tahoe East Shore Beaches

Beach on the East Shore Lake Tahoe. California

Many of Lake Tahoe’s stunning beaches are accessible by boat, a few can only be reached by boat!  Stop for a cocktail on the deck of The Hyatt for a fantastic view down the lake! Thunderbird Lodge – built in 1936, an incredible residential estate from an era when prominent San Francisco society built homes on the lake.

Lake Tahoe West Shore Beaches

Sugar Pine Point – tour the historic lake front property, Ehrman Mansion; stop for lunch at Garwoods,  Sunnyside or West Shore Cafe.

Emerald Bay – Visit Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere, tour the “Tea House” on Fannette Island, the only island to be found on Lake Tahoe!

Boating at Lake Tahoe

Speed boats on Lake Tahoe, California, USABOATING NB: All boats at Tahoe are subject to an annual inspection. Call Tahoe Boat Inspections 1-888-824-6267 for inspection locations & hours.


Homewood Marina (West Shore) 5190 West Lake Blvd.Homewood, CA 96141 Tel: 530 525 5966

Meeks Bay Marina (West shore) 7941 Emerald Bay Road, Tahoma, CA 96142  Tel: 530 525 5588

Lake Forest Boat Ramp (near Tahoe City)Next to Coast Guard station. $15 launch fee for CA residents, non $20.2500 Lake Forest Rd. Tahoe City, CA 96145  Tel: 530 583 554

Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and Boat Launch Launch Fee $5, $7 daily fee to park  Hwy. 28 and National Ave. Tahoe Vista, CA 96148   Tel: 530 546 4212


High Sierra Water Ski School & Sailing Center

At Sunnyside Marina, also jet ski, paddle board & kayak rentals & wakeboard lessons 1850 West Lake Blvd. Tahoe City, CA 96145  Tel: 530 583-7417
Kings Beach Aqua Sports Rent kayaks, canoes, sailboats, pedal boats, jet skis, parasailing, waterskis & wake boards, lake boat tours. 8324 N Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143  Tel: 530 546-2782North Tahoe Marina 7360 N. Lake Blvd. Tahoe Vista, CA 96148 Tel: 530 546-8248

Tahoe City Marina Easy foot access to town 700 North Lake Blvd. Tahoe City, CA 96145 Tel: 530 583-1039

Some hotels rent boats, check out options at GO TAHOE NORTH


Water cruises Take a  cruise around Lake Tahoe on the Tahoe Belle 


Hiking trails in Lake Tahoe range from easy strolls to steep switchbacks leading into the clouds.  GO TAHOE NORTH is good resource to discover where to enjoy this and other activities: Golfing fishing, golf, cycling, horse back riding

Lake Tahoe, California, hiking, PDF Travel Guide

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, runs from mid July to the end of August, enjoy some exceptional performances at Sand Harbor, just beyond Incline Village against the backdrop the lake – simply stunning!


There are several museums to visit at Lake Tahoe, one of the most interesting being The Donner Memorial State Museum and Emigrant Trail MuseumPark 12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161 Tel: 530 582-7892
Learn about the early pioneers & the incredible story of the Donner party, who in 1846 were trapped in early winter storms in the Sierra’s and forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.

Farmers Markets at Lake Tahoe

chilis,blackberries, figs,Tahoe City Farmer's Market, Lake Tahoe, California, USATuesdays
Truckee Truckee River Regional Park 10500 Brockway Rd off Highway 267 8am-1pm mid June – October

Tahoe City Commons Beach and N Lake Blvd – Mid May-mid June late August-late September 8am -1pm
Tahoe Lake Elementary School 375 Grove Street – late June-late August 8am -1pm

Crystal Bay, NV at the Tahoe Biltmore Early May-late September 10am to 2 pm
Incline Village Tunnel Creek Incline Village NV Early May-late September 8am -1pm
Truckee Thursday nights near the train station late June – late August 20 4pm -7pm



Lake Tahoe is a world class destination for skiing, both down hill & cross country.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows – Squaw Valley was home of the 1960 winter Olympics and is now twinned with beautiful Alpine Meadows. Squaw offers some of Tahoe’s most challenging slopes. They were originally two separate resorts but now one ski pass allows you to enjoy both, a free shuttle transports you between them

Lake Tahoe, California, Skiing, Northstar PDF Travel Guide

Northstar   (above ) Over 3000 acres of breathtaking skiable terrain, having undergone a recent billion dollar improvement it just gets better every year, our favorite place to ski!

Lake Tahoe, California, Skiing, Northstar PDF Travel Guide
Diamond Peak – By Incline Village, a friendly smaller resort

Homewood – On the west shore, smaller but quaint with fantastic lake views


Lots of choices including Lake Tahoe snow
Lake Tahoe Snowmobiling,   Full Throttle Tahoe  also check out options on GO TAHOE NORTH 

Download the Travel Guide for Lake Tahoe, California, USA PDF here

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