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South Lake Tahoe Travel Guide: 360 reviews and 782 photos

Lake Tahoe was a very beautiful place, but didn't live up to my expectations (maybe I set them too high). For one thing, the town of South Lake Tahoe, to say the least, is awful. Despite the fact that Lake Tahoe is a sensitive environment, South Lake Tahoe is filled with roadside motels, shopping centers, golf courses, and across the stateline, casinos. This means that not everyone visiting Lake Tahoe is here for the scenery; I personally found it sad that some visitors would travel to such a unique and beautiful lake and not even pay attention to the unique environment around them.

Another thing I disliked about South Lake Tahoe were the crowds, which easily equal the crowds in Yosemite National Park.

But as I later found out, there's much more to Lake Tahoe than just south Lake Tahoe; a much more worthwhile place to spend your time is the beautiful lake-dotted Desolation Wilderness, which, despite being the most visited per-acre wilderness in the United States, is still undeniably spectacular.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Desolation Wilderness
  • Cons:Sprawl, Tahoe Keys, crowds
  • Last visit to South Lake Tahoe: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated Dec 18, 2011
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    We went through some of the Wilderness and is was remote in places, but really enjoyed the nature. Thanks for the tips of Tahoe

  • GuthrieColin's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Great info and pics. Thanks for the insight. I have seen pics of Glenn Alpine Falls but i never knew where it was... now i know.

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Great photos from your hikes, which is something we didn't get to do on our winter visits. Aim for the north side if you get back here. Far less crowds and better scenery. The hotel experience sounds like a horrible ordeal.


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