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Condo in Olympic Valley
Village at Palisades Top Fl Ski-In/Ski-Out Views
Top floor 1BR/1BA condo in The Village at Palisades Tahoe -Sleeps 4 - king bed in bedroom, new queen sleeper sofa with Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress in living room -Full kitchen, vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, A/C, blackout shades -Private balcony w/ expansive mountain views -Walk to lifts, restaurants, shops and more -Includes underground parking, hot tub, fitness room -Largest 1BR floor-plan in the Village, 620sq ft See our other Palisades Condo: https://www.airbnb. com/rooms/15314885
$270 per night
Home in Carnelian Bay
Luxury for two in Tahoe City - Panoramic Lake View
This PANORAMIC LAKEVIEW home has everything you are looking for in a North Lake Tahoe retreat. California rustic design with all top shelf materials and finishes. Gourmet custom kitchen and large well placed windows to catch the magnificent lake views. Luxury getaway for two adults (please inquire if you are traveling with a child). We are perfectly located in Carnelian Bay: 5min drive from Tahoe City and 2min to beautiful beach. Close to the best skiing in Tahoe. Private 1 car parking.
$319 per night
Cabin in Incline Village
Tahoe Hideaway - Freestanding Luxury A-Frame Home
The Tahoe Hideaway is a place for dreamers to reset, relax, and reflect. Designed with the lake lifestyle in mind, our hope is that you enjoy every part of your stay; from enjoying local coffee in the morning, spending the day on the water or a hike through nature, and relaxing in the evening on the large wrap-around deck underneath the starry night sky. Featured by and @FollowMeAwayTravel Washoe county permit: WSTR21-0052 / TLT #: W4826
$259 per night
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Your guide to Lake Tahoe

Welcome to Lake Tahoe

It’s tempting to describe Lake Tahoe, with its glittering blue waters, as a jewel, but that doesn’t get at the size of it. Lofted high in the Sierra Nevadas, ringed by snow-capped mountains, and straddling the California and Nevada borders, Lake Tahoe is one of the largest lakes in the United States, and the second deepest. Renowned for its clear, fresh water, the lake is an important research station for scientists who study its ecology and a picturesque playground for every type of waterfront fun. Fishing, boating, swimming, jet skiing, and scuba diving are all popular pastimes here. And plenty of visitors are content simply to relax on its many beaches, in the shade of towering pines. Thanks to Lake Tahoe’s size, the communities surrounding it are varied: Chic bohemian enclaves, rustic cowboy outposts, and glitzy casinos all cluster near its shores.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe

For lakefront fun, summer is the high season to stay in one of Lake Tahoe’s cabin rentals, when the sun is high and hot and the cool alpine waters of Lake Tahoe are refreshing. The shoulder seasons of fall and spring also make for pleasant times on the water, particularly for boating and fishing. In winter the region transforms into a skiers’ paradise, with snow falling from December through March. During these months, the lake is a pretty backdrop for cold-weather sports.

Top things to do in Lake Tahoe

72-mile Scenic Drive

Start your journey at any point on the loop circumnavigating the vast lake for a chance to explore all the area has to offer. On your scenic ramble, you’ll pass historic homes, fascinating history museums, scenic overlooks, state parks, and characterful mountain communities, with gorgeous Lake Tahoe at your shoulder the whole time.

Tour Grand Homes

Long a destination for the wealthy, many of the grand estates that line Lake Tahoe’s shores have been turned into museums that you can tour. There’s the Ehrman Mansion, an opulent circa-1903 lodge built by a rich businessman from San Francisco, now run by the California State Park System. Thunderbird Estate, built in the 1930s, is notable for its stunning stonemasonry, ironwork, and woodwork. A short hike will carry you to Vikingsholm, a 1920s estate inspired by Scandinavian architecture.

Emerald Bay State Park

So named for its often vividly green waters, Emerald Bay is a postcard-pretty spot on the south side of Lake Tahoe. The area is home to striking vistas overlooking the bay, hiking trails, and the Vikingsholm estate. Just off the shore is little Fannette Island, accessible only by boat. Its granite face is covered in pines, and on top sits the shell of a stone tea house where ritzy vacationers of yore once relaxed.

Destinations to explore