Explore North Lake Tahoe area and get a feel for its many differing communities of nearby towns. Drive the 72-mile road that follows the shore through wooded flatlands and beaches, climbing to vistas on the rugged southwest side of the lake. Learn more about our nearby towns personalities, Lake Tahoe geography, and all the fun activities you can enjoy year-round to help you plan your Tahoe vacation travel adventure.
Discover the Beauty of North Lake Tahoe Area
Welcome to North Lake Tahoe! You’ll find the resorts and towns of North Lake Tahoe offer an enticing mix of attractions and activities. Some may see North Lake Tahoe as a region. But, if you stay here long enough, you'll start to see all the little communities surrounding Lake Tahoe have their own unique characteristics & local identities residents love and guests cherish. This guide will help you understand where you are as you tour the North Lake Tahoe area. Whether you want to visit the charming & historic alpine town of Truckee or try your luck at five-card stud in Incline Village, we'll show you where to go and what each town of North Lake Tahoe as to offer.
We all know the North Lake Tahoe area is a popular spot with visitors during the winter months when the snow covers the nearby ski resorts, but some people may not know about all the many fun things to do around the lake in the summer as well. Here is a list of all the fun activities guests can enjoy during the winter and summer around North Lake Tahoe.
The plentiful supply of top-quality water combined with the beautiful landscape and unique culture that exists in the region makes Lake Tahoe a natural choice for many microbreweries. Some of the tastiest stouts, porters, IPAs, lagers and more are being produced in Tahoe's Sierra Mountains, and they're all available for your pleasure in the Lake Tahoe area. Check out each one as you make your way through North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail! Many of the local restaurants in the region offer outstanding selections of the various craft brews and it's always easy to find a bartender who's willing to offer a flight of some of the favorites from Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe is more than Jewel of the Sierra — it is a place of legend, beauty, and fun. Tahoe's history tells how the Sierras were a major obstacle for pioneers trying to reach California with dreams of gold mining as the steady boom of westward migration took off during 1849 & 1850's. The extension of the Central Pacific Railroad via Donner Pass at Donner Lake gave ease of transporting goods to Sierra's mountainous terrain, opening the door to a variety of occupations & trades. Soon the Lincoln Highway was complete in 1913, crossing the Sierra as part of the first coast-to-coast paved route. As railway and roadside stops throughout the Sierra grew in popularity, more travelers were exposed to the beauty of the Tahoe Basin. Buzz began to grow about the area as a viable vacation destination. By the late 19th century, Lake Tahoe had become a popular vacation spot for wealthy & adventurous San Francisco residents trying to escape city life in search of world-class winter sports. Learn more about all the rich history in Lake Tahoe area that now brings in 3 million visitors each year.
One of the best things about Lake Tahoe is its accessibility and the variety of transportation options. Whether you're flying, driving, looking for local transit information or shuttle services to and from the airport, we have you covered. The local bus services connect you conveniently to most places you’ll want to go. They even run ski shuttles during the winter season, and they accommodate bikes during the summer as well. The Town of Truckee has an additional public bus system that offers Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service. Check out all your transportation options here.
Planning a ski trip and looking for ski resort facts? Our Tahoe ski resort list all the facts you'll need to have a great day on the mountain. Click on each Lake Tahoe and nearby ski resort to see a list to get all their information including a terrain breakdown, mountain stats, number of lifts, average snowfall, base area and summit elevations, and other records and information of each ski resort that guests can use to learn more before you explore on the hill. Your next ski vacation starts right here!
Whether you came for the sun or the snow, racing or relaxing, the North Lake Tahoe calendar goes as far beyond business hours as your energy level. Like music? From classical to blues and jazz, from rock to acoustic, and popular DJs playing electronic music, North Lake Tahoe has something for everyone and plenty of it. World-class events take place during every season at North Lake Tahoe. Browse through North Lake Tahoe’s calendar to find out what’s taking place during your visit.