West Shore

Enchanted visitors mature into homeowners along Highway 89.

Lake Tahoe's most majestic sights fall along the West Shore between Tahoe City and Emerald Bay. Venerable pines whisper stories of foregone Washoe Tribes and local museums echo historic sentiments. Mark Twain once frequented these stately woods, as do San Franciscans who construct lavish vacation homes along the West Shore to launch their yachts for sweeping bay tours. Surrounded by such untouched beauty, you might never want to leave.

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On the Map

West Shore is bordered by Tahoma, Homewood, Meeks Bay, Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Pines, Tahoe City, Dollar Point/Ridgewood, Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley, and North Lake Tahoe

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Downtown Truckee: 20 minutes by car
Reno-Tahoe Airport: 55 minutes by car
South Lake Tahoe Stateline: 1 hour by car
Tahoe City: You're practically there!

Understatedly Sacred: Relaxed In West Shore

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West Shore's laid back demeanor and spellbinding views enchant visitors and locals.

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Magazine-worthy mansions rim the water's edge and boast private beaches for front yards.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc
LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

Nature drapes a lush veil of green over West Shore's lofty modern abodes.

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Historic log cabins and museums nestle deep in the woods.

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Along the shore, eaters, drinkers, and merry-makers gather at old miners' outposts.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

They watch drifters paddle, bob, and sail along the lake.

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Currents make their way down from the mountains and eventually return into the bay.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

Arboreal elegance awaits creatures big and small.

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On the road again.

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We went with the goal of relaxing and re-energizing, this goal was accomplished wonderfully. The beach was magical, so blue and refreshing."

Justin

Visited in 2012

Bars and Cafes on the Banks

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Lakefront venues offer a side of scenery with your meal.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

Chambers Landing began in 1875 as a bar for prospectors. Now, liquid gold comes in 16-ounce servings.

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At the West Shore Lodge, visitors can stay a while, play on the water, or survey the scene for historic wooden boats.

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Food travels hot from the kitchen to the great outdoors.

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Simplicity sits on the dock of the bay.

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Bike or drive to some of Tahoe’s most beautiful beaches...We are also close to the West Shore Biking Path that goes north to Tahoe City and south to Meek’s Bay, as well as Eagle Rock, one of Lake Tahoe’s most spectacular hiking experiences."

Emerald Bay: A National Treasure

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One of the most photographed places on Earth, Emerald Bay is the crown jewel of West Shore.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

Royal blue waters glitter beside sublime expanses of unscathed wilderness.

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A singular island even vaunts its own castle.

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Schooners clip lightly from here to there.

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Nestled in the woods beyond the shoreline, Vikingsholm proudly stands on the National Register of Historic Places.

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In 1929, 200 workers built this 38-room mansion from Tahoe's own resources.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

Old-fashioned construction techniques gave rise to imposing architectural elements.

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Dragons emerge from their rooftops.

Summer Rays and Fun for Days

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West Shore residents gather by the water on unhurried afternoons.

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A bevy of aquatic enjoyments cascades across to-do lists.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

Paddlers embark for a spin around the lake.

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Adrenaline flows like water across the hull.

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Back on the shore, there's time for a swim.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc
LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

There's time for a stunt or two.

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Engines idle as captains soak in the sights.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

Out here, there's one option.

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Go with the flow.

Pixel
Right down the block is the recently renovated Rideout Community Center - indoor basketball courts, kids playroom packed with playsets, foosball, air-hockey, and more. $2/day and your kid can have fun even on a cold, wet day."

Frederick & Sophie

Hosts Quiet Forest Home - Walk to Lake

A Walk on the Wild Side In West Shore

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Immersed in root, rock, and water, trailblazers explore West Shore's backcountry abundance.

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LakeTahoe WestShore LeBlanc

Some trails lead to waterfalls or reflective pools.

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Others calmly interrupt the divine reverie of aged pines.

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Magic is in the air.

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.

Marc Olivier Le Blanc

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