Welcome to Lake Tahoe

No region attracts outdoor lovers quite like Lake Tahoe. Known as “The Jewel of the Sierras,” the region stretches across both California and Nevada, divided between “North Shore” (California) and “South Shore” (Nevada). Both areas are filled with shore-to-shore activities for snow, mountain, and water enthusiasts.

Tahoe is located approximately 186 miles from San Francisco, 98 miles from Sacramento, and 65 miles from Reno. Popular communities of North Shore include: Carnelian Bay, Crystal Bay, Donner Lake, Incline Village, King’s Beach, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Truckee, and West Shore.

Living in Lake Tahoe

Both the North and South Shore areas are filled with shore-to-shore activities for snow, mountain, and water enthusiasts. In the winter, residents and visitors prize their easy access to Olympic-caliber skiing or snowboarding at top resorts such as Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, or Heavenly. In the summer, it’s all about boating, wakeboarding, and sailing—all while being surrounded by Tahoe’s scenic National Forests, parks, mountains, and glacial lakes.

Fun Facts

  • Lake Tahoe is the 2nd deepest lake in the U.S. and the 10th deepest in the world.
  • Lake Tahoe was named “Best Lake in America” by USA Today and the No. 1 Ski Destination by both Rand McNally and Orbitz.
  • Until Lake Tahoe gained its official name in 1945, it was called Mountain Lake, Lake Bigler, and originally “Da ow,” which meant “life sustaining water” to the Washoe Indians.

The cities, towns, and neighborhoods that make up Lake Tahoe include:

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