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Does North Lake Tahoe or South Lake Tahoe Suit Your Vacation Needs?

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The shoreline of Lake Tahoe is an astounding 72 miles, dotted with a number of towns and distinct zones. Visit the area a few times, and you’ll be sure to find your personal slice of paradise.

To those who know Tahoe, however, there are really two distinct areas--North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe. South Tahoe is bursting with activity. Casinos dot the shoreline, along with resorts, restaurants, and eateries. South Lake Tahoe offers a lively nightlife scene, and of course, gambling.

For those searching for a quieter Tahoe getaway, North Lake Tahoe offers a variety of activities for all ages, without the hustle and bustle of downtown city centers and high-rise buildings. North Tahoe is known for its abundance of outdoor activities. Ski resorts abound in this region. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Northstar California offer world-class skiing and happening villages--perfect for après. Tahoe boasts the highest concentration of ski resorts in the nation, and you’ll have no trouble finding a North Tahoe ski resort that suits your needs.

Hikes for all ability levels dot the shores of the lake. It’s easy to escape the crowds to explore some of the 154,851 acres of public lands around Lake Tahoe. North Tahoe hikes offer amazing views and generally uncrowded trails. Trails can be a slightly more accessible on the North Shore, with options for shorter trails as well as a variety of trails that don't necessarily start with steep climbs.

Want to get out on the water? In the spring months, dual sports days are a big thing here. Ski in the morning, then take the afternoon to enjoy Lake Tahoe on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or boat rental. North Tahoe offers calm, clear waters, from a variety of beaches. Because North Lake Tahoe does not have the large casino properties and offers many public areas to access Lake Tahoe free of charge, you may find yourself paddleboarding on the glassy waters of Tahoe’s west shore, without others around you. Rent a kayak to explore the pristine waters of the east shore, and explore coves only accessbile by watercraft. 

North Tahoe also has plenty of nightlife and shopping, but with a significantly more laid-back, mountain town feel than South Tahoe. Pop into one of the many restaurants that dot the shores, and you’ll enjoy delicious food and mountain hospitality. Shop til you drop in historic downtown Truckee or purchase thoughtful souvenirs at one of the mountain villages or a lakeside town. North Tahoe has a vibrant artisan community, and you’ll find a meaningful keepsake or gift from local makers.

Aside from the plethora of activities in North Tahoe, there is something about this place that feels special. Whether it’s waking up in the morning and indulging in a cup of coffee surrounded by the Tahoe pines or enjoying a beach all to yourself, North Tahoe offers a perfect mix of serenity and adventure. Vacations here are a memorable escape from daily life, and you'll leave refreshed from having immersed yoursel in Mother Nature's beaty.

Enjoy this authentic North Lake Tahoe experience. Book your North Lake Tahoe vacation rental today.