North Lake Tahoe

Once the stomping grounds for stars like Sinatra and Monroe, North Lake Tahoe's eccentric towns still sparkle along fabulous shores.

North Lake's easygoing communities hem Lake Tahoe’s crystalline shoreline from Tahoma to Incline Village. In the 60s, pop culture icons, presidents, and famous mobsters graced the area's stages, casinos, and beaches. Today's venues keep the music alive, and glamorous VIPs continue North Lake's tradition as a serene celebrity getaway. Small town characters add color to the area’s rich and famous lifestyle and offer quirky alternatives to South Tahoe’s flashy parties.

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On the Map

North Lake Tahoe is within North Lake Tahoe Region and bordered by Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Pines, Tahoe City, Dollar Point/Ridgewood, Kings Beach/Tahoe Vista, West Shore, and Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley

Downtown Truckee: 20 minutes by car
Reno-Tahoe Airport: 50 minutes by car
South Lake Tahoe Stateline: 45 minutes by car
Tahoe City: You're practically there!

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

North Lake Tahoe: 5 Small Towns on 15 Miles of Shore

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North Tahoe's small towns spread along a pristine shared waterfront and embrace an attitude that completely contrasts South Tahoe's compact city feel.

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Bars, boutiques, and curiosity shops line North Tahoe's petite main streets.

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Each community adds character to North Tahoe's mix of towns.

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From funky towns won in late-night poker games (that's Kings Beach) to fine dining establishments (they're in Tahoe Vista) to far-east opulent lodges (find them in Incline Village), North Lake Tahoe keeps life interesting.

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Farthest west, Tahoe City is a stout little town on the edge of the wilderness where familiar pubs and family businesses feed convivial outdoorsmen.

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Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, and Carnelian Bay contribute to North Tahoe's intimate feel.

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Once you pass Kings Beach, you're well on your way to the California-Nevada state line in Crystal Bay.

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Surf, skate, or snow, North Lake Tahoe's outdoor entertainments are endless.

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As natural environments transform into built environments, vestiges of the area's past stand proudly on the streets of Crystal Bay.

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As the moon rises, so do the stakes.

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Four casinos brim with evening entertainment and all kinds of locals get into the musical act. Crooner Frank Sinatra even owned the Cal-Neva in the early 60s.

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You only go around once, but if you play your cards right, once is enough.

Kings Beach is a small town [with] residents that make up a great community base. There are several bars, restaurants, and shops to choose from."

Tahoe City: Less Flashy than South Lake Tahoe

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Laid-back and casually composed, Tahoe City fits into its natural surroundings with ease.

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Green turf hugs the shore.

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Great blue expanses stretch to the horizon.

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Local sights and sounds beckon residents into town.

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Wilderness explorers enjoy sweet rewards at their journey's end.

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Luckily, the end is only the beginning.

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Beer flights and french fries satisfy appetites.

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Stone shapes of Tahoe grace soft shoulders.

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Historic cabins recall Tahoe's frontier days with early 20th century relics.

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Things have certainly changed over the years.

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The location is great for Northstar, Squaw, Alpine, and Homewood. It's close to Tahoe City and not far from Incline."
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Summer Days on North Lake's Shores

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Liquid turquoise flows along Lake Tahoe's northern shores.

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At Crystal Bay, massive granite boulders create natural playgrounds at the water's edge.

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Sand Harbor is Incline Village's favorite strand.

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Swimmers, kayakers, and paddle boarders prize its clear blue water.

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When it gets windy enough, even surfers can catch a wave.

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As aquatic dramas float by, bookworms leaf through bestsellers or convene for Lake Tahoe's annual Shakespeare Festival.

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Artists paint the town red, blue, green, and aquamarine.

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From Cabins to Mansions: Living In North Lake Tahoe

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Peaked rooftops made of high grade lumber pierce North Lake Tahoe's cloudless skies.

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A-frames, geodesic domes, and weathered docks dot the landscape.

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An Ethereal View: Lake Tahoe In the Wintertime

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Crowds leave North Lake's shores when summer draws to a close.

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Boulders interrupt its untouched surface like unmelted ice cubes.

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A chill in the air asks you to sit closer.

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Serene surreality.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Marc Olivier Le Blanc

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Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.

Matthew Reamer

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Matthew is a San Francisco based commercial, editorial, and fine art photographer who's clients include Converse, Nike, WIRED, GQ, and Mother Jones. He sees photography as an all access pass to life on earth and is happiest when he is wandering aimlessly looking for his next shot.