South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

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South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals

The need-to-know on South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is that rare find—a resort for all seasons. Sparkling with sunshine in summer and glistening with snow in winter, the party never stops in this vibrant city on the picturesque southern shore of Lake Tahoe. Fringed by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the lake provides a majestic setting for water and winter sports, while the city boasts great shopping, a lively restaurant scene, and family-friendly amenities. Book a centrally located South Lake Tahoe vacation rental to be close to all the main attractions and make the most of every day, from the early-morning sunrise right through to après-ski hours.

Seasonal fun in South Lake Tahoe

Each season showcases a different side of life in South Lake Tahoe. Bright spring mornings create ideal conditions for sport fishing in the deep waters—Tahoe trout are a particular local delicacy. When temperatures reach their summer peak, there are plenty of ways to cool off, from gentle paddleboarding to thrilling speedboat rides. Fall brings opportunities to absorb the spectacular natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains from the network of hiking and biking trails, while the world-class winter-sports facilities of Heavenly Mountain Resort attract a new influx of visitors from mid-November onwards.

Different views of South Lake Tahoe

A scenic gondola ride is a great way to get your first glimpse of South Lake Tahoe. The Heavenly Mountain Gondola, which operates all year round, climbs 2.4 miles and takes in panoramic views of the city, the lake, and the Carson Valley. Back on ground level, a visit to the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum will help you learn about the resort’s pioneering early years through displays of local artifacts and memorabilia—don’t miss the historic log cabin dating from the 1930s. Opening hours depend on the season, so check before you go.

South Lake Tahoe—a year-round resort

South Lake Tahoe’s highland climate swoops from chilly winters to sizzling summers. Snow typically falls from November to March and even into April on occasion, resulting in one of the longest winter-sports seasons in the southwest, and guaranteeing a wide choice of South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals equipped to cater for this thriving vacation sector. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures regularly soaring into the high 80s, but the fresh mountain air keeps humidity in check. South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals by the lake are in high demand during the summer peak, so early booking is advisable.

South Lake Tahoe’s fishy friends

A trip to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center offers the chance to get close to some of the fascinating creatures that inhabit this tributary of Lake Tahoe, with the Stream Profile Chamber's floor-to-ceiling windows providing views of Kokanee salmon, trout, crayfish, and frogs in their native environment. From downtown South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals, the visitor center is just a couple of miles’ drive north on Highway 89. The facility is open Memorial Day through October, and entry is free; the grounds are open year-round if you visit outside these dates.