Visitors Information in North Lake Tahoe, Olympic Valley, Incline Village and Tahoe Vista vacation rentals, North Lake Tahoe, Olympic Valley, Incline Village and Tahoe Vista
Lake Tahoe is a gorgeous result of cataclysmic volcanic and glacial master planning. Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, in particular, is a stunning 180 degree panorama that vividly narrates the impact of that ancient earth shaping. North Lake Tahoe’s singular greatness draws not only pleasure-seeking visitors from the world’s nations, but also some of the planet’s foremost scientists and policy makers. Respectively, they journey to this only-of-its-kind place to understand its incredible blueness and to ensure that Lake Tahoe remains an icon of pure alpine perfection. Whether you’re coming to study this fascinating mountain jewel on an academic level, or simply anticipating a few well-deserved days in its radiant light, we encourage you to explore our 11 neighborhoods and revel in the 180 degrees of fun you’ll find only at North Lake Tahoe. Start your trip with a little sleuthing. Poke around and acquaint yourself with the area. Getting here and getting around is easy. There are videos and photos to sample, fast facts to “Oooh!” and “Ahhh!” at, and all kinds of interesting background that will give your trip more dimension.
Olympic Valley got its name in 1960, when Squaw Valley USA, the ski resort here, hosted the winter Olympics. Snow sports remain the primary activity, but once summer comes, you can hike into the adjacent Granite Chief Wilderness, explore wildflower-studded alpine meadows, or lie by a swimming pool in one of the Sierra's prettiest valleys.
Most of the free world considers Squaw Valley the factual name of one of the most famed alpine destinations in the world. Nope. As any geography major will tell you, the official name is Olympic Valley. Squaw Valley is the shortened name of the Lake Tahoe ski resort (Squaw Valley USA). Truthfulness aside, if you aren't familiar with Squaw, er, Olympic Valley's other attributes, you're in for a treat. This recreational wonderland revolves around the Village at Squaw Valley. Hiking, biking, golfing, hucking off cliffs, ice-skating, yadda, yadda, yadda: The breadth of sleeping palaces is quite vast, too. You can set up camp in everything from 4-star hotels to lofty condos and cabins. In some properties, you can even strap on your board, slide a few carpeted steps, cross the threshold and be on the chair lift. That is THE definition of ski-in/ski-out convenience. You can eat very well, taste wine, enjoy endless boutique shopping, even get an education at the Squaw Valley Academy. Alex Cushing and Wayne Poulsen are the guys credited with opening the valley for human enjoyment. The first-ever televised 1960 Winter Olympics didn't hurt its popularity either.
The small lakeside commercial districts of Carnelian Bay and Tahoe Vista service the thousand or so locals who live in the area year-round and the thousands more who have summer residences or launch their boats here. Kings Beach, the last town heading east on Highway 28 before the Nevada border, is to Crystal Bay what South Lake Tahoe is to Stateline: a bustling California town full of basic motels and rental condos, restaurants, and shops, used by the hordes of hopefuls who pass through on their way to the casinos.
There are more lodging choices in Tahoe Vista than you can shake a kayak paddle at. From tickle-your-toes-under-the-cozy-covers B & B’s to high-end fractional ownerships and mom and pop motels, as its name suggests, Tahoe Vista lodging is snuggled right against the lakeshore. It’s also a fave of outdoor enthusiasts. For lake lovers, kayaking from one of several hidden beaches, or a motorized excursion from the new Tahoe Vista Recreation Area boat launch facility are two Tahoe Vista treats. For landlubbers, the nearby Regional Park sports year-round trailheads for mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, a disc golf course, nature trails, and sweet swing sets. Of course, with all that exercise, it’s easy to work up an appetite. Tahoe Vista’s got your bases covered there, too. Gargantuan steaks for two, authentic Mexican fare, a quaint summer-season ice cream shop and flights of fine wine are menu highlights worthy of a trip to remember.