Where To Find The Best Lake Tahoe Rentals For Your Unique Vacation

Lake Tahoe is one of the premier vacation destinations in the country for good reason. It’s a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, the perfect getaway for a family vacation, and a hotspot for nightlife and entertainment. However, with 72 miles of shoreline, it’s important to know which neighborhoods in Lake Tahoe are best for the type of vacation you’re looking for.

Keep the below information in mind as you sift through the dozens of Lake Tahoe house rentals available, and we’re sure you’ll find a perfect fit.

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North Lake Tahoe

Excellent for: Fishing, relaxing, paddle boarding, serene beaches, family retreats

North Lake Tahoe rentals are perfect for those looking for a peaceful getaway in a beautiful, calm setting surrounded by traditional mountain homes. You won’t see the spring and summer party crowds found on the opposite end of the lake, which gives the north a greater year-round appeal.

Fishing: For great rainbow, brown, and brook trout fishing, head inland from Tahoe City on River Road four about four miles. This is an excellent area to pull over and find a quiet stretch, where you can use your fly rig, favorite lucky lure, or local bait. Learn more from the Lake Tahoe fishing experts here.

Paddle boarding: Try renting boards in Tahoe City and head south to Sunnyside to ogle over amazing lakefront homes, or launch from Kings Beach State Recreation Area and take in the rustic beauty of the north.

Best beaches: Commons Beach is a beautiful stretch of grass and sand that’s perfect for relaxing days with the family, and in the summer it hosts concerts with an unbelievable backdrop.

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Excellent for: Family-friendly skiing, terrain park skiing and snowboarding, modern mountain houses

The Northstar neighborhood is home to many modern mountain houses with clean designs and plenty of space for family getaways. Its proximity to the Northstar ski resort makes this an ideal spot for an all-ages and all-abilities group.

Northstar California Resort: The mountain’s runs comprise 16 percent beginners, 47 percent intermediate, and 37 percent advanced, so there’s a perfect lift for everyone. There’s an area strictly for lessons, as well as ski school and private lessons starting at three years old. For children two and up, there’s also a licensed daycare center.

Terrain parks: With nine terrain parks spread throughout the 3,170 acres of skiable terrain, this is perhaps one of the best mountains to practice your superpipe and slopestyle skills.

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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

Excellent for: Advanced, off-piste, and Olympic-level skiing, skiing as the locals do

If you’re heading to Tahoe for a skiing adventure, look through available rental homes in the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows neighborhoods. The latter is regarded as one of the finest vacation home destinations in the region, and is packed with gorgeous and sprawling mountain homes and condos, while some of the best advanced skiing in the West is found on Squaw Valley.

Advanced Skiing: Squaw Valley was voted North America’s best ski resort in 2016, and was also home to the 1960 Winter Olympics. An astounding 16 bowls are there to conquer, in addition to more than 170 trails, nearly 60 of which are advanced.

Locals skiing: Alpine Meadows is smaller than its neighbor, but the skiing is still world-class. The crowds are typically lower here, it’s less expensive, and has a much more local feel among North Lake Tahoe residents.

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South Lake Tahoe

Excellent for: Fly Fishing, beaches, difficult hiking, nightclubs, and casinos.

South Lake Tahoe is what comes to mind for most people when they think of Tahoe. It’s known for its party scene, nightlife, and casinos, but there’s also plenty of outdoor activities here, too. Some of the most strenuous hikes in the region are found here, in addition to the well-known beaches and wonderful fishing holes.

Fly Fishing: The Upper Truckee River, and more specifically the upper levels of the river, have fantastic rainbow and brook trout fishing. There are also great opportunities in the headwaters of the Upper Truckee River. Find out everything you need to know from the flyfishing experts here.

Hiking: Mt. Tallac is a right of passage for any hikers heading to Tahoe. It’s a 10.2 mile out-and-back trail with a nearly 3,500-foot gain in elevation. At the top, you’ll be 9,735 above sea level, with some of the greatest views in the region.

Mt. Rose is even further, at 10.6 miles, and takes you on a loop to the summit. You’ll pass waterfalls, hanging lakes, and several breathtaking vistas. Despite its length, you’ll only gain 2,300 feet in elevation, so it may be easier than Mt. Tallac for most.

Nightlife: Head to South Lake Tahoe if you’re looking for nightlife. Dozens of casinos, nightclubs, and bars are found along the shore and in town, creating a perfect party atmosphere for summers and spring break.

Of course, there are endless things to do all over Tahoe, but we hope this guides you in the right direction as you look for a Tahoe vacation rental to call home.

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