Lake Tahoe
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This spectacularly beautiful resort lake, with over 70 miles of shoreline, offers two "faces:" family-style on the California side and high-rise casinos on Nevada's side.
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  • Patty Kanyaporn
    390 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reflections of a Timeless Tea House Memories at Tahoe Lake
    Planning your photography trip to Tahoe Lake is not just a visual journey; it’s a celebration of nature’s artistry, where every click of the shutter captures a moment of serenity and splendor. Embrace the challenge of distilling the essence of this alpine wonder into your frames, and let the magnificence of Tahoe Lake unfold through your lens. On the isolated island, nestled amidst the shimmering waters of Emerald Bay, the ruins of a small stone building stood defiant against the passage of time. The locals spoke in hushed tones about the enigmatic structure known as the “Tea House,” a relic of a bygone era. The once-majestic building, with its crumbling walls and weathered facade, whispered tales of a remarkable woman named Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight, the former owner of Vikingsholm.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2024
  • SwonQonDoi
    Boston, Massachusetts405 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beauty of the Blue @ Lake Tahoe
    Finally, we visited Lake Tahoe, the largest lake in North America. The sheer size of the lake truly amazed us; it was immense and incredibly beautiful. Driving around Lake Tahoe took us hours to complete the trip. Every viewpoint around the lake was worth stopping at to enjoy the mesmerizing blue color of the lake. Though we wished to stop at each one, it would have consumed an entire day. Therefore, we decided to halt at Emerald Bay, a river bend resembling a circular bay with a small island at its center. This spot stood out among the other viewpoints for its remarkable beauty. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, as it offered one of the most breathtaking views we've ever experienced in the United States. We highly recommend visiting Lake Tahoe if you're in California. However, be sure to set aside a full day, as the lake is truly vast and every minute spent there is worth it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 19, 2024
  • B d A
    Athens, Greece982 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    overwhelming
    A complex and not necessarily higly subtle high elevation water repository. Mostly in California, but the best is the leat accessible northern part and the steep falaise side flanks. The southern "Las Vegas" terroir type is absolutely unbearable. Othersise is am uphill-downhill dramatic scemery that allows for much.It is at a 2.000 m. elevation with depth and fish richness and a Norwegian textur and habitat. Fortunately it has not been entirely given to development. Hotels and restaurants when less studded the better occupying the northwest. Few lakes offer such contrasting views. Remarkable area wise,,...................................................................................................................................
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written June 5, 2024
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Thomas
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
I’m a middle class guy, I work long hours and love my job. At the same time I can afford whatever I like, I’m grateful and blessed and I’m not even religious! But wow! Lake Tahoe is ONLY for the Wealthy, it’s so sad that a place of beauty is out of reach for community members like myself. It’s a disappointing 1 star review.
Written January 1, 2022
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Scott29inSeattle
Seattle, WA67 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
It is a beautiful lake in a beautiful setting, but you are unlikely to see much of it. You will spend most of your time stuck in traffic and searching for a parking space. If you do, by some lucky break, find a parking place, there won’t be any space on the beach unless you arrive around 6 am. Good luck.
Written August 22, 2020
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Beldon
Aiea, HI4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
While we were waiting in line to get in, my in laws were trying to find a bathroom (I was driving) when the park ranger yelled “get the f&@k back in your car!” They don’t speak English. Right when it got to us he said parking was full. We asked to speak to the park ranger. His name was B Hently. The answer then changed and he said we couldn’t get in because we didn’t have a kayak. But some cars ahead of us went in without one. We pressed it further, but he said “mind your own business”. Then when my family tried to call authorities, they gave the ranger my wife’s number and he called her and tauntingly asked “miss, are you just sour because we didn’t let you into the park?”

At this point I’m really trying to seek some justice here. I’ve tried reaching out to their social media but no answer. It felt like my family was intentionally singled out and mocked, and they were not allowed to follow through with their plans that they’ve been looking forward to all year. They’re incredibly distraught by this whole ordeal.
Written August 24, 2023
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SwonQonDoi
Boston, MA405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Finally, we visited Lake Tahoe, the largest lake in North America. The sheer size of the lake truly amazed us; it was immense and incredibly beautiful.

Driving around Lake Tahoe took us hours to complete the trip. Every viewpoint around the lake was worth stopping at to enjoy the mesmerizing blue color of the lake. Though we wished to stop at each one, it would have consumed an entire day. Therefore, we decided to halt at Emerald Bay, a river bend resembling a circular bay with a small island at its center. This spot stood out among the other viewpoints for its remarkable beauty.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, as it offered one of the most breathtaking views we've ever experienced in the United States.

We highly recommend visiting Lake Tahoe if you're in California. However, be sure to set aside a full day, as the lake is truly vast and every minute spent there is worth it.
Written April 19, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

M S P
Vadodara, India1,144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This is one of the most attractive tourist points of the USA, situated across two states - California and Nevada. Kings Beach is famous for boating and watersports. Children as well as adults find the Mini Golf Course very entertaining and interesting. We stayed at Brockway Springs near Kings Beach on North Lake Tahoe, and drove via Tahoe Bolvd to the Emerald bay for a cruise in the southern lake shore while returning back to San Francisco bay area.
Written June 16, 2023
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Jean B
Ann Arbor, MI34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
If you only want to gamble, come anytime. But if you hope to visit most anything cultural or historical, be warned! Literally everything we wanted to see was closed Monday through Wednesday in mid July at the height of the tourist season.
We did take the M.S. Dixie II Lake Tahoe cruise, which was nice. (Pick up bus driver was the best.) Hotels and the cruise were full. But the Lake Tahoe Historical Society museum, TALLAC historic site, Pope Estate, and Taylor Creek visitor Center were all closed the entire time were were in Lake Tahoe area.
Extremely disappointing. You would think they could at least stagger closing days.
Written July 11, 2022
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Patty Kanyaporn
390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Planning your photography trip to Tahoe Lake is not just a visual journey; it’s a celebration of nature’s artistry, where every click of the shutter captures a moment of serenity and splendor. Embrace the challenge of distilling the essence of this alpine wonder into your frames, and let the magnificence of Tahoe Lake unfold through your lens.

On the isolated island, nestled amidst the shimmering waters of Emerald Bay, the ruins of a small stone building stood defiant against the passage of time. The locals spoke in hushed tones about the enigmatic structure known as the “Tea House,” a relic of a bygone era. The once-majestic building, with its crumbling walls and weathered facade, whispered tales of a remarkable woman named Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight, the former owner of Vikingsholm.
Written February 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jennie S
146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed our stay. But unlikely we’d do it again. Our Napa/Lake Tahoe vacation was an add on to a business trip in Sacramento. For the cost of things from water bottles, meals out, food at the grocery store, gondola tickets at Heavenly Mt, tastings in Napa, they were are extremely over priced for the value of the experience. I told my kids I’d much rather have enjoyed a Tybee Island, GA vacation at half the cost.
Written August 1, 2022
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Balasubramanian R
Chennai (Madras), India805 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Lake Tahoe is situated in the north east of the California State and a part is in Nevada state. It is a fresh water lake. Many small beaches are there on both eastern and western sides. Tourists used to come and enjoy the place.
Written October 10, 2022
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B d A
Athens, Greece982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
A complex and not necessarily higly subtle high elevation water repository. Mostly in California, but the best is the leat accessible northern part and the steep falaise side flanks. The southern "Las Vegas" terroir type is absolutely unbearable. Othersise is am uphill-downhill dramatic scemery that allows for much.It is at a 2.000 m. elevation with depth and fish richness and a Norwegian textur and habitat. Fortunately it has not been entirely given to development. Hotels and restaurants when less studded the better occupying the northwest. Few lakes offer such contrasting views. Remarkable area wise,,...................................................................................................................................
Written June 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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