A Complete Guide to Lake Tahoe: North Shore vs. South Shore

Lake Tahoe always welcomes the adventure lover all-year-round by its incredibly stunning beauty nature. People commonly split Lake Tahoe into to shore: north shore and south shore. Both of the shore has its characteristic and uniqueness.

The north shore is a relatively quiet and family-friendly destination while the south shore is more like a place for the entertainment centre, with concerts, casinos, and breweries which mainly serve local favourites. But, surely both shores are easy to access. It’s such a paradise for those who love outdoor activities like skiing and kayaking.

Below, we will give you a more detailed guide and information about the main attraction on the north shore and south shore. So, you may need to take some notes if you want to make a plan before deciding this amazing destination. Let’s take a look!

North Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe consists of 12 resorts and towns which offer everything from luxury ski resorts like the Ritz-Carlton to unique bed-and-breakfasts in Truckee and Tahoe City. With roughly 274 days of sunshine every year and southwest exposure, North Lake Tahoe gets more daylight each day than South Lake Tahoe.

More sunlight means you have more time enjoying your favourite outdoor activities. North Lake Tahoe invites its guests to enjoy more than just the ski resorts and outdoor activities, by its calm atmosphere. There are so many activities to relax your body such as enjoy a spa day at Northstar California Resort, or take a 30-minute drive to tour the historic mines, bridges and the Old Jail Museum of Donner Lake.

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And for you who love railroads, you can dive into early-American transportation history at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. But if you want to explore its culture, you can enjoy outdoor performances during Lake Tahoe’s Shakespeare Festival in Incline Village.

South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe has a vibrant energy that comes from the lights and sounds of the slot machines in the casinos. This shore is considered as the entertainment capital of Lake Tahoe. The area hosts dozens of events, festivals, and concerts each season.

The popular events including the Highway 50 Association Annual Wagon Train, “Lights on the Lake” fireworks on the Fourth of July, nightly concerts at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, and the Live at Lakeview Music Series. With weekly après ski disco parties and a rollicking nightlife scene, South Lake Tahoe does not take itself too seriously, and that is exactly why it is a favoured destination for the youngsters.

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Under the daylight, skiers and hikers can explore Heavenly Village while enjoying the backdrop of Lake Tahoe. The Heavenly Mountain Gondola’s viewing platform offers some of the best instagrammable spots in the south.

You cannot miss many fun activities including hiking around Emerald Bay and exploring its Scandinavian castle, Vikingsholm, kayaking near Zephyr Cove, and watching the sun gets down on the horizon while taking a cruise around the lake.

Even advanced skiers will find exciting challenges on Kirkwood Mountain’s fast slopes with 12 double-black diamond runs. Meanwhile, beginner skiers may find Heavenly Mountain as “learn to ski” areas more than speeds.

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