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South Lake Tahoe, United States
1 Room, 1 Adult
Aug 16 - Aug 17

12 Best South Lake Tahoe Hotels - Jul 2019

# 1

The Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly

1200 Ski Run Boulevard
based on 91 reviews
# 2

Grand Residences by Marriott - Lake Tahoe

1001 Heavenly Village Way
based on 506 reviews
# 3

The Landing Resort and Spa

4104 Lakeshore Boulevard
based on 302 reviews
# 4

Marriott's Timber Lodge

4100 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
based on 160 reviews
# 5

Hotel Azure

3300 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
based on 1179 reviews
# 6

Marriott's Timber Lodge

4100 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
Very Good
based on 2550 reviews
# 7

Grand Residences by Marriott Lake Tahoe

1001 Heavenly Village Way
based on 1653 reviews
# 8

Heavenly Village Condos

1001 Heavenly Village Way
based on 732 reviews
# 9

The Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly

1200 Ski Run Boulevard
based on 316 reviews
# 10

3 Peaks Resort And Beach Club

931 Park Avenue
Very Good
based on 8962 reviews
# 11

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

4130 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
Very Good
based on 7163 reviews
# 12

Alpenrose Inn

4074 Pine Boulevard
based on 485 reviews

Your Travel Guide to South Lake Tahoe

Whether you take a vacation in the winter or in the summer, South Lake Tahoe has activities for you. During the summer, you can go hiking or camping--there is also a wide range of water sports that you can do. And in the winter, there are breathtaking views that can see of the lake and the surrounding areas--a true winter wonderland. There are also many opportunities to go skiing and snowboarding. And, due to the fact that South Lake Tahoe is right near the California-Nevada border, you can even walk over to Nevada and try your luck gambling in one of the casinos in the area!

What are the Must-Do-s and See-s of South Lake Tahoe?

Ski Resorts and the Heavenly Gondola Ride

One of the best-known ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area is Heavenly Mountain Resort. Marriott’s Timber Lodge and Grand Residences are located very close to Heavenly. If you want to buy or rent ski gear, two worthwhile places are The Ski Renter and The Boardinghouse.

But whether you visit in winter or summer, to take in the whole South Lake Tahoe area, it’s good to start off with the Heavenly Gondola Ride, by the Heavenly Ski Resort. It’s a 2.4-mile long ride up to the Observation Deck. There is then the Tamarack Express chairlift for an even better view of the area from the Tamarack Lodge!

But just sitting in a gondola is not all that Heavenly Mountain Resort offers. There’s also the Skyway Zip Line Tour, letting you descend at speeds of up to 40 mph! You can also try tubing--gliding down a 500-foot long hill, even without snow or water. There is also the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, wall climbing, and the Summit Exhibition Tour, driving around Heavenly in an SUV.

Action Watersports at Lakeside Marina

In the summer, you can try Action Watersports, a water sports provider. They offer parasailing, boat rentals, public cruises, jet ski rental, kayaking and paddle boards, and more! They have four locations along Lake Tahoe: Lakeside Marina, Camp Richardson, Timber Cove, and Round Hill Pines Beach and Marina. Hotels in the area of the Lakeside Marina include The Landing Resort & Spa, Best Western Station House Inn, and Basecamp South Lake Tahoe.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park

If you’d like to go hiking or horseback riding, there are extensive forests around Lake Tahoe that can challenge even the most experienced hiker. For starters, you can try the Van Sickle Bi-State Park. It is 150 acres in California, and stretches for 575 acres in Nevada. You can also see the Henry Van Sickle barn, built by the person who settled the area in 1852. One big hiking option is the Tahoe Rim Trail, going for 160 miles around all of Lake Tahoe. You can take just small sections of the trail, in the immediate South Lake Tahoe vicinity.

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena

If you would like to enjoy an open-air concert in the summer, check out the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys. It’s just over the border, in Nevada, but near Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino. Some artists that have performed there in the past have included Paul Simon, The Who, and Lady Gaga.


Casino gambling is not permitted in California. But, just a hop, skip, and a jump from South Lake Tahoe into Nevada, you’ll find some well-known hotel casinos. As we’ve mentioned, there is Harvey’s Resort and Casino. Others include Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Lake Tahoe Paddle Wheeler and Lake Yacht

Although it’s on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, one memorable excursion is the Lake Tahoe Paddle Wheeler and Lake Yacht. The paddle boat can contain 500 passengers, and departs from Zephyr Cove Resort in Nevada. There is also the Tahoe Paradise, which is an 82-foot yacht that can contain 90 passengers.

Getting To and Around South Lake Tahoe

From Reno-Tahoe International Airport

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport receives flights from many international and domestic airlines. You can then take a car via Interstate 580 down to Lake Tahoe. There is also an airport minibus and shuttle service--the South Tahoe Airporter-- taking you to South Lake Tahoe, in approximately 1-1.5 hours, for $30. Some hotels also have a shuttle service from the airport to the hotel.

From San Francisco International Airport

Another option is driving in from San Francisco International Airport, which gets more traffic than the Reno-Tahoe Airport. The drive is somewhere from 3.5 to 4 hours, depending on the actual route. There is also an Amtrak train between San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe twice a day. The train ride is a little less than 5 hours long.

Summer Trolleys and Winter Ski Shuttles

There is an open-air Nifty 50 Trolley, which runs from Tahoe City, on the northwest part of Lake Tahoe, down Highway 89, to Emerald Bay and on to South Lake Tahoe’s South Y Transit Center. In December and January, when there are many tourists for the holiday season, the Trolley is even free! Using the trolley is also environmentally-friendly, to preserve the pristine nature of Lake Tahoe.

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