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Tahoe City Travel Guide: 127 reviews and 209 photos

Great Escape in the Sierras

When I escape to Lake Tahoe, I like the Tahoe City area on the North Shore best of all. In the winter, world class skiing at Squaw Valley is only 15 minutes away. Of all the ski resorts in California, Squaw Valley has become my favorite because of its large number of runs, diversity of terrain, challenging runs and long season.

Summer Activities

In the summer, there is no shortage of activities. Worshippers of the outdoors can choose from many activities, such as golf, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, horseback riding, ice skating and fly fishing.

Water Sports

You can even waterski on the lake -- that is, if you don't mind donning a wet suit and jumping into arctic temp water. Yes, I have been so foolish as to do this. It was fine once I was gliding across the water, but jumping in the water is sheer torture.

Having put myself through this foolishness, not just for one day, but for two, I can categorically state that this is NOT the lake for waterskiing.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Loads of activities, close to Squaw Valley, away from the glitz and crowds of South Lake Tahoe
  • Cons:Funky video rental shops with strange selections of movies; very cold lake for swimming or waterskiing
  • In a nutshell:This is a far better place to stay at than the South Shore
  • Last visit to Tahoe City: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 15, 2004
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    We got here some 10 years ago, and maybe go back someday? It surely differs from my recent semi arid desert trip to Utah/Arizona parks. It was a great hiking/driving adventure of a lifetime.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    That vegetarian dish looks awesome!!! My sister "jumpingwithnorman" brought me 2x to Taho for cross-country skiing - forgot the lodge but it was huge! Still haven't booked the NM house --- but will check it out, Norman :)

  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2008 at 7:22 AM

    The landscape is breathtaking! Impressive photos, especially the one named "Lake Tahoe at dawn"!!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Wow Karen, beautiful photographs and your tips are awesome. Fiamma Cucina Rustica looks so elegant. Tahoe is such a beautiful area. Happy Trails!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2005 at 12:24 PM

    Fabulous mountain photos. I can see why you keep going back there for all seasons. Congratulations on getting that boatload of mutineers safely back to shore!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2005 at 10:44 AM

    Wow, Karen, these are fantastic tips that are fun, helpful, informative, and, best of all, a pleasure to read. Your hotel and restaurant tips are especially outstanding. What a beautiful area.

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2005 at 10:43 AM

    Great Tahoe page, Karen. One of my favorite spots. So glad my folks retired there instead of LA :)

  • MissyWQ's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2005 at 7:42 PM

    Did you hear about the one who wanted to waterski but couldn't find a lake with a slope?

  • Sonador3's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2004 at 9:44 PM

    Fabulous Tahoe pages, and your photos were really beautiful. And it's amazing how many new top-flight restaurants have opened there in the last few years. I agree with your reviews!

  • truus_s's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2004 at 10:41 AM

    Super great page..I hope Lake tahoe one day to see!!Thanks..


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