Destination guide

Enjoy year round splendor in Lake Tahoe vacation rentals

From the clear, cobalt blue lake to the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe is the place for athletes, adventurers, and casual travelers looking for a wilderness escape. Vacation home rentals near Lake Tahoe are perfect for fun and adventure in this vibrant area, which offers everything from mountain trails and sunny beaches to historic towns and high-end neighborhoods.

History

History and intrigue at Lake Tahoe

History buffs will love the sights in Lake Tahoe. Many vacation homes can be found near the top historic sites in the area, such as the Donner Memorial State Park, a park that honors the memory of those lost during the ill-fated Donner Party wagon journey, and the Baldwin Museum, a museum showcasing artifacts and documents of the early days of the Lake Tahoe settlement. The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is also a must-see location, which preserves the ranching heritage of the Carson Valley. For a more natural history of the area, Desolation Wilderness is a protected parkland of virgin forest with old growth areas, granite peaks, and numerous mountain lakes with hiking trails.

Things to do

Historic charm and nature near Lake Tahoe vacation homes

Though touted as a premier location for outdoor enthusiasts, Lake Tahoe has a lot more to offer than its beautiful landscape. Vikingsholm is a mansion and museum that dates back to 1929, preserved as a testament to old-fashioned construction, and the Gatekeeper’s Museum features a quaint cabin with historical exhibits of the region. The Squaw Valley Resort, a huge ski resort and the site of the 1960 Olympics, and Van Sickle Bi-State Park, a popular hiking area with hiking and equestrian trails, are great for those looking to take in the scenery. No matter what experience you’re pursuing, you’re sure to find a range of options for getaway cabins.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Lake Tahoe

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in town? Travelers enjoy Lake Tahoe for its skiing, hiking and snowboarding. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Lake Tahoe a fun place to get away. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Heavenly Ski Resort (12.2 mi / 19.6 km)
  • Northstar California Resort (13.2 mi / 21.2 km)
  • Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe (18 mi / 28.9 km)
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort (28.6 mi / 46 km)
  • Spooner Lake Cross Country Ski Area (6 mi / 9.6 km)
  • Homewood Mountain Resort (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
Outdoor activities

Must-try activities in Lake Tahoe

With a vast natural landscape and changing terrain, Lake Tahoe is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking for adrenaline-fueled outings and leisurely nature activities near vacation rentals. In summer, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and other watersports on the lake, and hiking and climbing in the mountainous environment are popular options. In winter, the alpine environment turns into a winter wonderland for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and dog sledding, as well as tubing for kids.

Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a destination with activities spanning many seasons. If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 88°F. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in January, March, February or December, when snowfall averages 7.19 inches and temperatures average 22°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Lake Tahoe

Travelers love Lake Tahoe for its panoramic lake views and pristine beaches. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Lake Tahoe. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Cave Rock Park (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Skunk Harbor Trail (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Meeks Bay Beach (6.2 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Zephyr Cove Beach (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Commons Beach Park (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Lake Tahoe

The nearest airport is in Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL), located 14.2 mi (22.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Truckee, CA (TKF-Truckee Tahoe), which is 16.5 mi (26.6 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Truckee Station.

Restaurants and bars

Best restaurant areas in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe restaurants offer a little something for every taste and palate. From Tex-Mex dishes in South Lake Tahoe to the Pacific-Northwest influences of Tahoe City, there are options for everyone, all against the beautiful backdrop of the glistening lake, flowing river, and towering peaks. Fortunately, many vacation homes can be found near the sophisticated cafés, eclectic restaurants, and casual eateries, so you can satisfy every craving.

Essential info

Key facts for staying in Lake Tahoe vacation home rentals

Lake Tahoe is among the world’s oldest lakes, drawing roughly 2.7 million visitors per year. With its elevation, Lake Tahoe can have warm days and cool nights, so it’s important to pack some cool-weather clothing. It’s also best to map your travel from your getaway rental to the more isolated areas, since it can be easy to get lost. Crime is low in Lake Tahoe and the police are friendly. Forest fires are a possibility in the summer, which can impact travel and air quality, so be sure to check conditions before traveling around the area.

Where to stay around Lake Tahoe?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,467 vacation rentals near Lake Tahoe. From 769 Cabins to 3,522 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Tahoe for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Tahoe?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Tahoe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • South Shore: 2,882 vacation rentals
  • California: 53,032 vacation rentals
  • South Lake Tahoe: 2,730 vacation rentals
  • Truckee: 3,687 vacation rentals
  • Reno: 163 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Tahoe! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Tahoe?

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

  • South Lake Tahoe: 2,730 rentals
  • Truckee: 3,687 rentals
  • Reno: 163 rentals
  • Incline Village: 2,077 rentals
  • Tahoe City: 2,867 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Lake Tahoe?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe are:

  • Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO): 256 vacation rentals
  • Carson City, NV (CSN): 1,585 vacation rentals
  • Truckee-Tahoe Airport (TKF): 3,893 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Tahoe?

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

  • Sand Harbor: 4,533 rentals
  • Emerald Bay State Park: 2,303 rentals
  • Reno-Sparks Convention Center: 155 rentals
  • Lakeside Beach: 3,405 rentals
  • Heavenly Village: 1,988 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Tahoe listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe
2,730 vacation rentals
Truckee
3,687 vacation rentals
Reno
163 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
3,089 vacation rentals
Carnelian Bay
3,003 vacation rentals
Homewood
1,488 vacation rentals
Tahoe Vista
2,711 vacation rentals
Al Tahoe
1,547 vacation rentals
Carson City
5,936 vacation rentals
Sparks
145 vacation rentals
Stateline
2,028 vacation rentals
Kirkwood
169 vacation rentals
Alpine Meadows
2,065 vacation rentals
Soda Springs
1,159 vacation rentals