5 of the Best Things to Do in South Lake Tahoe

Nestled against the largest alpine lake in North America, South Lake Tahoe is a Sierra Nevada town unlike any other. Endless outdoor adventure, thrilling nightlife, and diverse cuisine are just the beginning of what awaits you here. Whether your idea of the perfect day is relaxing on the beach, exploring miles of hiking trails, or testing your luck at the blackjack tables, this hip lake town has it all. The best part? It’s just a short hour and a half drive from Eden Vale Inn —  perfect for a day trip! Before you go, request access to our free Placerville Vacation Guide for more great tips about things to see and do in Northern California!

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Discover the Best Things to Do in South Lake Tahoe

1. Lake Tahoe

One of the biggest draws to the area is Lake Tahoe, a vast expanse of sparkling blue water surrounded by picturesque alpine views. From paddle boarding and wakeboarding to kayaking and waterskiing, you can enjoy a plethora of water sports here. Get a bird’s eye view of the water on a parasailing adventure, reel in your next trophy fish, or set sail on a romantic sunset cruise. The possibilities are endless!

2. Hiking

If you prefer to explore the land, you’ll find miles and miles of scenic hiking trails here. Named by National Geographic as one of the nation’s top 10 trails, a hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail should definitely be on your bucket list. While the entire loop is 165-miles long, there are several access points allowing for a shorter trek. The path winds above the lake, offering breathtaking views from every angle.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park is another popular hiking destination in South Lake Tahoe. Whether you’re looking for a short waterfall hike or a challenging climb up the mountain, there is something for everyone here. Once you’ve explored to your heart’s content, be sure to check out the other great state parks and waterfall hikes in our area!

3. Entertainment

Hiking and lounging at the beach are not all that this lake town has to offer. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ll find thrilling entertainment and nightlife! Between the many bars and restaurants, there are endless opportunities to enjoy live music, great cocktails, and dancing. Are you feeling lucky? South Lake Tahoe casinos are some of the best in the country. Try your hand at a game of poker, test your luck at the slots, or challenge your friends to a high-stakes game of blackjack. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to lose track of time.

4. Heavenly Village

Another stop to add to your itinerary, Heavenly Village is home to several excellent shops and restaurants. Take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets and browse through one-of-a-kind boutiques and art galleries. Whether you’re looking for a new swimsuit to wear on vacation, gear for your outdoor adventures, or gifts for family and friends at home, you’ll find it all here. Make sure to stop in one of the local restaurants and enjoy the delicious ethnic cuisine. Then, spend the rest of your afternoon playing mini golf, ice skating, or catching the latest movie at the 8-plex theatre.

5. Winter Activities

With warm summers and snowy winters, South Lake Tahoe weather varies drastically throughout the year. When the temperatures begin to drop, this area transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland! Come back during the colder months to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ice skating, tubing, and more. After an exciting day playing in the snow, warm up beside the fire at our enchanting Northern California inn.

Book Your Stay at Eden Vale Inn!

The soaking tub of the Live Oak room at Eden Vale Inn

If you’re looking for hotels near South Lake Tahoe, we invite you to book your stay at Eden Vale Inn. Our Placerville bed and breakfast is just a short drive from South Lake Tahoe and minutes from the best area attractions, including hiking, whitewater rafting, wineries, Gold Rush historical sites and more. Come unwind with a soothing couple’s massage at our on-site spa, or join us for a complimentary full breakfast to prepare for a fun-filled day of adventure.

Eden Vale Inn is known as one of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in Northern California, and for very good reasons! Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the property has acres of beautiful gardens, a swimming pond, and breathtaking views. All of our guest rooms feature luxurious amenities to ensure that your vacation is a relaxing one. Make your stay special by booking our Live Oak room! Overlooking the garden, this quiet retreat features a couple’s deep soaking tub, a gas fireplace, and a private deck. Take advantage of our seasonal specials and book your next romantic getaway today. We can’t wait to welcome you!

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