South Lake Tahoe

A backcountry metro with the lake’s largest population, fastest pace, and biggest parties.

South Lake Tahoe’s wilderness-covered cityscape skirts the state line between Nevada and California. On the eastern side, casinos loom high above byways and boutiques, night owls shake their feathers at the club, and families opt for mini golf or watersports. City life gets grittier to the west, where motley crews populate more rough-and-rugged neighborhoods. No matter which side of the line locals are on, there’s something that keeps everyone in agreement: Keep Tahoe Blue.

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On the Map

South Lake Tahoe is within South Lake Tahoe Region and bordered by Stateline, Camp Richardson/Spring Creek, Heavenly Resort, and Kingsbury

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Downtown Truckee: 1 hour & 10 minutes by car
Reno-Tahoe Airport: 1 hour & 10 minutes by car
South Lake Tahoe Stateline: 5 minutes by car
Tahoe City: 55 minutes by car

South Lake Tahoe: The Only City on the Wild Blue Water

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Civilization starts to emerge from the evergreens in South Lake Tahoe.

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At first, small businesses on the way into town seem carved from a fairytale.

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Soon enough, South Tahoe summits into a full scale metro of miniature proportion.

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Where forest and city meet, international vacationers share the sidewalks with a diverse spectrum of locals.

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Party animals migrate for miles to partake in South Tahoe's famous 24/7 entertainment.

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Swing doctors drive the green, joggers stride along the shore, and urban rovers cruise their turf.

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Should you crave elevation, the Heavenly gondola operates year-round from its easily accessible base downtown.

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At the top, summer promises verdant peaks before fresh powder covers their crests.

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When snow flurries blanket the ridge, Heavenly's slopes invite sporting skills of all levels and types.

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Just beyond the city limits, trailheads transform into scenic backcountry jaunts.

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It's easy to see why locals adore their vibrant mountain city.

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Adventure awaits.

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And if you haven’t been to Tahoe before, the scenic panorama on the top floor of Harrah’s is more than worth the $20 buffet – a great way to feed a pack full of hungry mouths. Tahoe is always a pleasure!"

Doug

Visited in 2012

On the Stateline: Restaurants, Casinos, and Child's Play

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California greets Nevada along the stateline, which juts through the immaculately tended eastern side of South Lake Tahoe.

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Comprising the heart of downtown, stateline venues offer more dining and entertainment options than anywhere else on the lake.

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There's plenty to drink, too.

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The neighborhood hums to the tune of six casinos (that never close).

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Pine-set pubs and retro lodges provide downtime and sustenance amid action-packed days and nights.

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Tourists flock to the stateline for its diversions.

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Some bright attractions score a hole-in-one.

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Others send youngsters soaring into the blue.

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Boutique gift and art shops offer hand-crafted memorabilia or token T-shirts.

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While party goers enjoy raucous good times at all hours, families splash into a world of fun before bedtime.

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Grizzly man.

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South Lake Tahoe offers super quick access to some awesome summer mountain biking and hiking trails...Take the afternoon to head into town and relax at the beach. You can't get more conveniently located for access to any of our resorts, including Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Kirkwood."

Lauren and Buddy

Hosts Bikes! Small Private Room Sleeps 2!

Heavenly's Slopes: All Angels Invited

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An epic day begins when a short walk downtown lands you at the base of the Heavenly Ski Resort.

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The world class ski destination offers an impressive 97 runs and 30 lifts spread across the champagne powder that spans the California-Nevada stateline.

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Snow bunnies of all ages strap into their gear outside the gondola.

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Excitement escalates as the glass capsule ascends the mountain.

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At the top, the games begin.

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Cloaked in neon coats and clunky boots, weekend warriors select runs that suit their skills.

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Babes in fluffy coats cascade down gentle slopes on inner tubes.

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Beginners get their first tastes of the action on approachable, groomed flats.

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Snowboarders carve first tracks into the mountain.

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Daredevils explore backcountry.

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Others bomb their way down technical steeps.

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Natural terrain parks create opportunities to grab some air.

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All that action works up quite the appetite, and stomachs start to grumble on the lifts.

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Heavenly's luxe chalet invites rosy-cheeked patrons to shed their boots and fuel up on cocoa, chili, and pizza.

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Be the light.

Waterfront Escapes for Summer-Lovin' Days

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When the ice melts, Tahoe's beach cats ditch the slopes for the shoreline.

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Many a roadtrip ends with sun soaked afternoons at the pine-rimmed El Dorado Rec Center or Thomas F. Regan Memorial City Beach.

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Sporting vessels fill the slips at Ski Run Marina.

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As city life buzzes on land, you can cruise the water at any pace.

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Or you can lay out on the beach and do absolutely, gloriously, so-well-deserved nothing.

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Grab lunch.

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Grab a chair.

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Grab some sun.

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It slips away as you drift away.

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The neighborhood was quiet but within a short drive to several beaches, stores, and the casinos."

Ashley

Visited in 2013

South Lake Tahoe Farmers' Market

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From June through mid-October, local farmers and artists bring their crops and crafts to the streets.

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Eco-shoppers fulfill their grocery missions on Tuesday mornings at the American Legion and Friday mornings along Ski Run Boulevard.

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If Northern California's nourishing produce wasn't enough of an excuse to rise and shine...

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Creativity chimes in here, too.

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The Look of South Lake Tahoe: Human Habitats

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Modest cabins look petite beside the towering conifers in their yards.

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South Lake's residences run the gamut from seemingly forgotten fringe dwellings to opulent waterfront mansions. It's city living with a wild mountain spirit.

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During the work week, suburban life spins steadily onward while the weekend summons Tahoe's outdoor enthusiasts to the lake or nearby trails.

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The rich and famous escape to extravagant holiday homes in the South Tahoe Keys.

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It's where front porches greet gentle breaks.

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It's where strollers enjoy grassy knolls.

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Before the seasons change.

Snow Dusted Vistas and Breathtaking Views

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Beyond the city, blue becomes white when celestial sugar sprinkles the landscape.

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Human tracks weave through the blanket of snow.

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Mostly though, it's easy to forget the crowds.

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It's easy to let your thoughts sail away.

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Enjoy the sound of silence.

Enjoy Nature

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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 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.

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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.

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