The north shore is quiet and upscale; the west shore, rugged and old-timey;
the east shore, undeveloped; and the south shore, busy with aging motels and flashy casinos. The horned peaks surrounding the lake, which straddles the California–Nevada state line, are four-season playgrounds. Tahoe gets packed in summer, on winter weekends and holidays, when reservations are essential.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
South Lake Tahoe shines as a destination that combines two strikingly different worlds: the spectacular beauty of a national park and all the desirable amenities of a world-class resort. Here you can enjoy a full range of exhilarating outdoor activities – from skiing and snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and sledding to hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, and golf—alongside the excitement of 24-hour nightclubs, fine dining, gaming and entertainment.
Located on the north shore, right on the lake, Tahoe City (T.C.) is a quaint and bustling little town. With recent renovations including bike paths and updated storefronts, T.C. is a nice, safe, clean, and friendly place to visit.
Incline Village is one of the largest towns in Lake Tahoe and is the main town for the lake that is located in Nevada. The Village is home to large mansions (some belonging to several famous people) as well as some great hotels and restaurants. Incline Village is also the closest town to the Lake Tahoe State Park and Sand Harbor, some of the prettiest places on the lake.
Stateline is probably the most popular place on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. It is right on the border of California, but since casinos are not allowed in the Golden State, you will need to stay on the Nevada side to do any gaming. Stateline has been famous for decades for having some of the best entertainment acts at the lake. Starting with the Brat Pack in the 1950s and 1960s and ending up with bands like Sublime and the Beach Boys now.