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  • South Lake Tahoe, California

    The South Lake Tahoe area, California is the perfect destination for anyone looking for an outdoor adventure. With its picturesque views and plenty of activities to choose from, it is a must-visit for all. From hiking and biking to fishing and skiing, there is something for everyone. For a more laid-back experience, visitors can take in the views from the nearby beaches or take a leisurely stroll in the nearby parks. There is also a variety of attractions in and near the area, such as the historic Tallac Historic Site, the Emerald Bay State Park, and the D.L. Bliss State Park. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day in nature or an unpredictable outdoor journey, South Lake Tahoe, California is truly a treasure trove for all.

    Top Spots in and near South Lake Tahoe

    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Bike around Lake Tahoe

      5.0
      72.2 mi / 4308 ft gain
      You'll want to wake up early for this adventure. Be sure to have breakfast and hydrate before you start.  I suggest going clockwise around the lake. The elevation hit me. I also went with a group of friends, and what's nice about going in a group though is that you can stop every so often to make...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Catch a Sunset at Keys Beach

      Owned by the State of California, Keys Beach sits at the end of a peninsula bordered by the Tahoe Keys marina inlet to the west and the Upper Truckee River to the east. This relative isolation along with its only access being by water or a single trail keeps the beach remarkably quiet relative to...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga at Lakeview Commons

      Stand up paddle board yoga is some of the most difficult and rewarding yoga there is and you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful place to do so than on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.  Lakeview Commons is a city park that provide direct lake access for the public, including boats, along...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Ski or Snowboard Heavenly

      5.0
      One of the more beautiful resorts in Lake Tahoe to go snowboarding and skiing.  Heavenly is situated in South Lake Tahoe on the border of California and Nevada.  This ski resort has an amazing view of the lake while going down, as well as one of the largest total areas to ski in Lake Tahoe. This ...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Bike the Van Sickle Bi-State Park Trail

      4.5
      Starting at the top of Stagecoach Lift on Heavenly Resort this trail wraps around the north slope down to the bottom of town at the casinos. It has amazing view all the way down as you make your way down the woods up top and then cruise through the burn area near the gondola fire down to the bott...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Winter Paddle From Camp Richardson to Kiva Beach

      Starting at Camp Rich you might get some weird looks at the start, but it is all worth it! As you look out at the lake all you see is the beautiful crystal clear water reflecting the gorgeous snow covered mountains. As you throw your board in the water you begin your paddle along the shoreline. T...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Hike the Fallen Leaf Lake Trail

      5.0
      8.1 mi / 859 ft gain
      The Fallen Leaf Lake Trail is located in South Lake Tahoe, California. It is important to note that there is no trail on the east side of the lake. The trail turns into a paved road when you reach the marina after passing the campground. Additionally, lots of small trails jut out from the main tr...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Photograph Fallen Leaf Lake's Cascading Falls

      5.0
      This amazing waterfall is right off the road near the Fallen Leaf Campground. Once you enter the campground keep driving straight just a bit further and you will see a pull off on the right hand side. Pull off here and you should see the cascading waterfalls between the trees. Park here, get you...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Camp at Fallen Leaf Lake

      5.0
      Fallen Leaf Lake is truly one of the more beautiful places in California. Separated from Lake Tahoe by just a one-mile strip of land, it feels worlds away from the crowds and fuss. The campground has over 200 sites that can be reserved here. There are endless hikes nearby including Mount Tallac a...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Photograph the Milky Way over Fallen Leaf Lake

      Fallen Leaf has been my favorite spot in all of Tahoe since I can remember. The beautiful shoreline sits right up against the base of Mt. Tallac with almost zero light pollution. It is one of my favorite spots to go and shoot the stars. There are tons of spots to pick from depending on what you a...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Swim at Fallen Leaf Lake

      4.0
      Lake Tahoe has so many beautiful and breath-taking places to visit, hike, camp, wander around, etc. and Fallen Leaf Lake is definitely one of them. It's free to visit and park too and it is an easy hike from the parking area to the lake. The lake is very tranquil and serene and for those who wa...
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    • Stateline, Nevada

      Hike the Lam Watah Trail

      5.0
      2.2 mi / 85 ft gain
      Lam Watah Trail is a 2.2 mile out and back hike, that will take you through Lam Watah meadows and ends at Nevada Beach. I did the hike in December and although the best time to do it is May through October, I think it had more charm during the winter time.  The trail head begins from the parking ...
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    • Stateline, Nevada

      Stroll through Rabe Meadows

      1.5 mi
      Rabe Meadows is a tranquil and peaceful stroll next to Burke Creek as it flows to Lake Tahoe and Nevada Beach State Park. Very easy 1.5 mile paved trail. Perfect when there isn't any snow and a short easy hike is in need. Take in the scenery and peacefulness and be happy to be outside. 
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Chillin at Lake Tahoe's Kiva Beach

      4.7
      Kiva is a secluded sandy crescent beach flanked by a beautiful meadow and mountain backdrop. This beach is rarely crowded and has free parking unlike other beaches in Tahoe. Kiva is a great place to bring dogs and is actually well known as a dog beach. Kiva is also accessible from the bike trail...
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    • South Lake Tahoe, California

      Paddle from Kiva Beach to Emerald Bay

      4.0
      Grab your paddleboard or rent one from Baldwin Beach, and head out along the southwest shores of Lake Tahoe towards Emerald Bay. Enjoy the pristine blue water and keep your head up for the occasional osprey or bald eagle.Once you make it to the bay, there are plenty of places to go. You can relax...
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    • El Dorado County, California

      Photograph Black Bears at Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe

      / 30 ft gain
      Lake Tahoe is a tourist attraction filled with spectacular views and a plethora of wildlife. However, one species in particular has made a lasting impression on both locals and tourists - black bears. The area around Lake Tahoe is prime bear habitat and cities in the vicinity are seeing a rising ...
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    Camping and Lodging in South Lake Tahoe

    Hope Valley
    South Lake Tahoe, California

    Hope Valley

    Fallen Leaf Campground
    South Lake Tahoe, California

    Fallen Leaf Campground

    Outsite Heavenly
    South Lake Tahoe, California

    Outsite Heavenly

    From $63 / night

    Nevada Beach Campground And Day Use Pavilion
    Zephyr Cove, Nevada

    Nevada Beach Campground And Day Use Pavilion

    Zephyr Cove Lodge and Cabins
    Glenbrook, Nevada

    Zephyr Cove Lodge and Cabins

    From $179 / night

    Zephyr Cove RV and Campground
    Glenbrook, Nevada

    Zephyr Cove RV and Campground

    From $50 / night

    Guides, Insights and Stories from South Lake Tahoe

    The Best Photography Locations near South Lake Tahoe

    The Best Photography Locations near South Lake Tahoe

    The Outbound Collective

    Up High in Tahoe South: 48 Hours of Adventure in South Lake

    Up High in Tahoe South: 48 Hours of Adventure in South Lake

    Josiah Roe

    These 10 Photos Will Convince You to Visit Tahoe's Zephyr Cove

    These 10 Photos Will Convince You to Visit Tahoe's Zephyr Cove

    The Outbound Collective

    Lake Tahoe's trifecta: 3 Days of adventure at Zephyr Cove

    Lake Tahoe's trifecta: 3 Days of adventure at Zephyr Cove

    Ranz Navarro

    5 Amazing Adventures in Lake Tahoe's Zephyr Cove

    5 Amazing Adventures in Lake Tahoe's Zephyr Cove

    Josiah Roe