Tahoe City is situated on the shores of Lake Tahoe and serves as a fantastic base for wider exploration of the popular all-weather region, including both North and South Lake. Here, visitors enjoy warm-weather activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet skiing. In winter, skiing at nearby resorts is a favorite, followed by warming drinks and dinner in Tahoe City.
Kayaking, rafting, and stand-up paddleboarding are popular activities from Tahoe City, and a paved path runs along the water for walking and biking. In winter, Tahoe City provides rental shops for ski and snowboarding gear, as well as restaurants and bars to visit after a day on the slopes.
Most summer tours—including biking, boating, and Jet Ski rental—run out of South Lake Tahoe, opposite Tahoe City. Those staying on the south shore can visit Tahoe City on a tour that circles the lake by bus or bike, stopping along the way for photo ops.
Things to Know Before You Go
Tahoe City overflows with visitors in winter and summer; expect heavy traffic along Interstate 80 and State Route 89.
If you visit in winter, come with tire chains or travel in a 4WD with snow tires—the California Highway Department conducts checkpoints during heavy snowfall.
Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate layers if exploring Tahoe City on foot.
There are many stores and restaurants accessible to wheelchair users in Tahoe City, and the wider Lake Tahoe region.
How to Get There
Tahoe City is located 15 miles (24 kilometers) off Interstate 80. Most visitors arrive via State Route 89 south from the town of Truckee. Find street parking and a few small parking lots along North Lake Boulevard.
When to Get There
Tahoe City's peak seasons are winter and summer, with fewer visitors in wetter and colder fall and spring; however, Tahoe City hosts popular events year-round. Watch fireworks on the Fourth of July; head to Commons Beach in the summer for a farmers market or outdoor concerts; visit in June for the Tahoe City Food and Wine Classic; or celebrate Mardi Gras at the Tahoe City SnowFest Parade.
The most accessible ski resorts from Tahoe City are Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. These neighboring resorts off State Route 89 are about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from town, and can be skied on the same pass. Northstar California Resort is a family-friendly resort and typically about a 30-minute drive away from Tahoe City. The smaller Homewood Resort, about 15 minutes south on 89, is a local favorite.