This large body of fresh water sits on the border between California and Nevada. It is the second deepest lake in the USA and the blues and greens of the water reflect the sky.
Long before the first white Americans set foot here in 1844, Lake Tahoe was a sacred summer gathering place for several tribes of the peaceful Washoe Nation whose traditional name for the area, Da-ow-a-ga, meaning "edge of the lake”, became anglicised as Tahoe.
Soon after Kit Carson and John Fremont’s arrival at the lake, silver was discovered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and fortune seekers rushed to the area. By the turn of the century, luxury hotels catered to San Francisco’s elite, and in the mid 1940s the area’s first gambling establishments opened.
The 1960 Winter Olympics firmly established Lake Tahoe as one of the USA's foremost ski resorts. Remarkably, the awe-inspiring beauty and pioneer charm of the lake has been maintained despite the tremendous development of the last 150 years.
Along with excellent modern amenities and exceptional outdoor activities, Lake Tahoe still offers the calm, peace and beauty that so inspired the Washoe and all who have made the journey here since.
Suggested itinerary featuring Lake Tahoe
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Lake Tahoe, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Lake Tahoe
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Places near Lake Tahoe
- Sacramento 87 miles away
- Yosemite National Park 90 miles away
- Napa Valley 134 miles away
- Sonoma 143 miles away
- San Francisco 159 miles away
- Kings Canyon National Park 169 miles away
- Sequoia National Park 198 miles away
- Monterey 201 miles away
- Mendocino 203 miles away
- Carmel 204 miles away
- Big Sur 219 miles away
- Death Valley National Park 242 miles away
- Eureka 249 miles away
- Trinidad 257 miles away
- Pismo Beach 276 miles away
- Crater Lake National Park 285 miles away
- Crescent City 287 miles away
Accommodation choices for Lake Tahoe
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Tahoe. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.