Your Ultimate Lake Tahoe Travel Guide
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Your Ultimate Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

by Jeffery Racheff

It’s no secret that Tahoe National Forest is one of our favorite forests. That’s why, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation, we’ve worked for the last two years to help maintain seven acres of forest in the area. We even named one of our Cold Plunge bars after Tahoe’s iconic lake.


With so much natural beauty and incredible year-round activities, Lake Tahoe has something for everyone. But for visitors it can be hard to know where to start. So we’ve put together a full travel guide – from serene escapes to adventure-packed getaways – to help you plan an awesome trip to this alpine paradise. 



Where to Stay in Lake Tahoe


Tahoe Beach


North Lake Tahoe:

  • Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino: Nestled in Incline Village, this resort offers lakeside luxury with private beach access, a full-service spa, and a casino. It's perfect for those looking to balance relaxation with entertainment.
  • Cedar Glen Lodge: A charming, eco-friendly lodge in Tahoe Vista. It features cozy cabins and rooms, a heated pool, and stunning lake views. Ideal for families and couples alike.



South Lake Tahoe:

  • The Landing Resort & Spa: This upscale boutique hotel offers lakefront rooms with fireplaces and private balconies. Its proximity to Heavenly Mountain Resort makes it perfect for winter sports enthusiasts.
  • Basecamp South Lake Tahoe: For a more budget-friendly yet trendy option, Basecamp provides a social atmosphere with modern amenities, fire pits, and a rooftop hot tub.


Best Restaurant with a View



Edgewood Restaurant: Located in the Edgewood Tahoe Resort, this restaurant offers gourmet dining with spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide a picturesque backdrop for any meal, making it a must-visit for a romantic dinner or special occasion.


Best Dive Bar in Lake Tahoe



Whiskey Dick's Saloon: Known for its laid-back atmosphere and live music, Whiskey Dick's is a local favorite in South Lake Tahoe. The bar boasts an impressive selection of beers and whiskeys, pool tables, and a welcoming vibe that makes it easy to see why it's considered the best dive bar in the area.


Skiing and Snowboarding in Lake Tahoe



Heavenly Mountain Resort: Situated in South Lake Tahoe, Heavenly offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the region with 97 trails and a 3,500-foot vertical drop. The resort spans over two states, providing stunning views of both California and Nevada.

Northstar California Resort: Located in North Lake Tahoe, Northstar is known for its family-friendly environment, world-class terrain parks, and a charming village with ice skating, shopping, and dining options.



Where to Hike in Tahoe National Forest



  • Eagle Lake Trail: A moderate 2-mile round trip hike with breathtaking views of Eagle Falls and Eagle Lake. It’s a perfect trail for families and those looking for a shorter, scenic hike.
  • Mount Tallac Trail: For the more adventurous, this strenuous 10-mile round trip hike rewards hikers with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe from the summit of Mount Tallac. It's a challenging but incredibly rewarding trek.

Best Mountain Bike Trail in Lake Tahoe


Flume Trail: This iconic trail in North Lake Tahoe is a must-ride for mountain biking enthusiasts. Spanning approximately 14 miles, the trail offers exhilarating rides along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe with breathtaking views. It’s moderately challenging and provides a perfect mix of adventure and scenery.



Lake Tahoe Is Where’s It’s At



Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination that promises memorable experiences, whether you're staying in the more relaxed vibe of North Lake or the lively hotels of South Lake. With its diverse outdoor activities, from hiking in Tahoe National Forest to skiing at premier resorts, and a vibrant dining and nightlife scene, Lake Tahoe caters to all kinds of travelers.


Pack your bags and get ready to explore this beautiful alpine haven!