Destination guide

Explore South Lake Tahoe from vacation home rentals

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.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals

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.

Activities

Activities near South Lake Tahoe vacation homes

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.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Lake Tahoe vacation rentals

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.

Natural features

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.

Beaches

Beaches near South Lake Tahoe vacation homes

The lake beaches in South Lake Tahoe offer rest, relaxation, and water fun. Vacation rentals are available near places like El Dorado Beach, a central beach location with picnic areas and boat launches, and Thomas F. Regan Memorial City Beach, a lakefront park with sandy beaches and entertainment events. You’ll also enjoy Pope Beach, a tree-lined locale with dunes and opportunities for swimming, boating, and hiking.

How to get there

Transportation to and around South Lake Tahoe

Fly into Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL), the closest airport, located 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Truckee, CA (TKF-Truckee Tahoe), which is 29 mi (46.7 km) away.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is an idyllic location for a couple’s retreat. Vacation rentals can be found near the top spas, restaurants, and nightlife in the area, as well as the Tallac Historic Site, a set of 2 historic house museums with exhibits, costumed interpreters, and tours. You can also visit the Marcus Ashley Gallery, a modern gallery with North American paintings, glass art, and sculpture.

Can I find a vacation rental around South Lake Tahoe?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,771 vacation rentals near South Lake Tahoe. From 361 Cabins to 1,551 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Lake Tahoe for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to South Lake Tahoe?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Lake Tahoe:

  • Tahoe Keys: 332 vacation rentals
  • Al Tahoe: 1,547 vacation rentals
  • Tahoe Paradise: 1,600 vacation rentals
  • Montgomery Estates: 709 vacation rentals
  • Pioneer Trail: 1,652 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to South Lake Tahoe?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in South Lake Tahoe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Emerald Bay State Park: 2,303 vacation rentals
  • Lakeside Beach: 3,405 vacation rentals
  • Heavenly Village: 1,988 vacation rentals
  • Heavenly Mountain Gondola: 3,314 vacation rentals
  • West Bowl Express Ski Lift: 2,718 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Lake Tahoe listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in South Lake Tahoe?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 361 Cabins in South Lake Tahoe. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe include:

  • Houses: 1,551 rentals available
  • Cottages: 361 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 449 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in South Lake Tahoe?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 765 vacation rentals with pool available in South Lake Tahoe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Explore destinations around South Lake Tahoe

    Al Tahoe
    1,547 vacation rentals
    Truckee
    3,687 vacation rentals
    Incline Village
    2,077 vacation rentals
    Tahoe City
    2,867 vacation rentals
    Kings Beach
    3,009 vacation rentals
    Arnold
    422 vacation rentals
    Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village
    2,318 vacation rentals
    Olympic Valley
    2,719 vacation rentals
    Tahoma
    3,098 vacation rentals
    Carnelian Bay
    3,003 vacation rentals
    Homewood
    1,488 vacation rentals
    Tahoe Vista
    2,711 vacation rentals
    Carson City
    5,936 vacation rentals
    Stateline
    2,031 vacation rentals
    Bear Valley
    249 vacation rentals
    Kirkwood
    169 vacation rentals
    Alpine Meadows
    2,065 vacation rentals
    Glenbrook
    1,192 vacation rentals
    Pollock Pines
    62 vacation rentals
    Fallen Leaf
    1,970 vacation rentals