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Incline Village Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 77 photos


What can I say, Tahoe is home. The Ponderosa Ranch (home of Bonanza TV series) has been closed, but there's still plenty to do and see. Its a mountain haven, with climbing, biking, skiing and water sports. There's also the gambling, which keeps the area alive year round with tourists.

It is a small mountain town that over time has evolved into a destination site for winter mountain tourists. It has a fairly active night life as well as a huge amount of day time activities. It is a far cry from its original birth as a logging capital in the ~1870's to feed the growth due to migration, mining and the Comstock Load.

Today, it is home for locals working hand to mouth to support their winter addictions of skiing, tourists coming from all around the world to bask in the glory of the mountains and entertain them selves in the quaint town, nature thrill junkies using it as base camp to explore the mountains and national parks? yup, feels like home to me!

Feel free to visit my Nevada page for my thoughts on my home state.

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Tahoe Facts and Stats

Growing up here

As I noted before, it is a town of locals living hand to mouth just to maintain their lifestyle. That is true for 1/2 of the town. The other half are independently wealthy, using Tahoe as a second home, or primary if they are so fortunate not to have to commute to their jobs.

The town is nearly as built-up as it will ever be. OK, there are constantly changes, but it is a tourist town, not an industrial center. Therefore there it tends to be a revolving door of people who travel here, fall in love with it, move there thinking it will be an ideal home, have a hard time finding sufficient income and ultimately leave a few years later. For the few who find a niche, it is a wonderful haven. My family fell into this later category... struggling at times to make ends meet, but at the same time able to survive and more than that, actually live a life in Tahoe.

I moved to Tahoe when I was 3 years old.... and I graduated high school there. I've watched the town grow to what it is now, but it did so rather slowly. It started as a one-horse town of few thousand people and now tips the scales at ~10000 people (population). In my opinion even through it is a small town, it has lost a lot of what made it so wonderful. It made me sad to see some of the ma-and-pa stores close, but many still thrive. It made me upset to see a Starbucks start up and threaten the family cafes. But all in all, it is still God's country. And even seeing what it is now (with I think 3 stop lights, a bowling alley and a single screen theater), it has everything you need while not overloading your senses.

The Lake has good restaurants, conveniences, nature, sports, night life, entertainment, friendly people... everything you want. And when that just is not enough, Reno is less than an hour away...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Not once have I met anyone who has visited Tahoe that did not have fond memories.
  • Cons:Without private transport, your options are limited.
  • In a nutshell:A nature lover's dream destination, winter or summer.
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Is it incline, or decline on the way down>? YOu seem to have taken in the beauty of the area and the sites. Well done comments.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Awesome about the incline railroad...sad about the Ponderosa. Wishes for a happy and healthy New Year from New Jersey.

  • rachesuiphilippines's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Hi Dave, Here i am again in awe of those snow-covered trees in your hometown. Glad to read about your place.

  • appleseed81's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Hi Dave, how is it going? :) With the heat in SGP, the snowy trees look inviting!

  • Aug 31, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    My daughter was married at your "off the beaten path" overlook above Crystal Bay/Incline Village - 13 years ago today - August 31st, 1996. We live in Washington State. It was a magical place. Glad to know its still there through your writings

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Lucky you, having grown up in such a lovely place as Incline. I enjoyed discovering this wonderful sounding town.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Interesring page and fascinating facts on Lake Tahoe.

  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Great tips....we will find some place to hike I am sure, when we are there....looks beautiful.

  • shargurl's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2008 at 6:29 AM

    I love it Lake Tahoe! I am especially thankful for having spent so much time here growing up. I learned to ski (although not very well) in Incline Village). thanks for the memories!

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Lake Tahoe is a special place for me. Beautiful country! I eventually want to make it around the full Tahoe Rim Trail. Great tips on Incline Village! I liked the fact sheet on your travelogue.

DSwede Used To Live Here!


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