Casino Hotel with Luxurious Amenities along Lake Tahoe
Indoors, the pace is frenetic—blackjack and roulette tables, poker rooms, a 24-hour keno lounge, and more than 900 slot machines hum with activity. Just next door, the South Shore Showroom puts on shows on the same stage where Frank Sinatra and Bill Cosby once performed. But beyond the casino hotel's white marble lobby, sweeping mountain views supply a tranquil contrast, with nearby ski resorts providing an easy excuse to get a little fresh air. It's this unusual blend of bustling nightlife, unlimited gaming, and alpine recreation that distinguishes Harrah's Lake Tahoe from other casino resorts.
After carousing at trendy nightclubs and colorful card tables, luxury rooms grant extra privacy along with his and hers bathrooms, which hotel founder Bill Harrah insisted upon installing after traveling the world with his wife. Another Bill Harrah–inspired detail in the cream-colored room is a do-not-disturb system that can be activated from within in the room, deactivating the outside doorbell to keep out early-morning maids. Thick walls mute the sounds of any boisterous revelers or Elvis impersonators wandering the hallways. Through large bay windows, many rooms include views of the nearby lake or Heavenly Ski Resort's mountains.
On Harrah's Lake Tahoe's 18th floor, Friday's Station Steak & Seafood Grill pairs succulent king-crab legs with sweeping views of the Sierra Nevadas. The Cabo Wabo Cantina fuels guests with an included appetizer, such as margarita shrimp ($11) and mini chimichangas ($8), or a pitcher of beer.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada: Las Vegas Thrills Meet Crisp Alpine Air
A block away from the hotel, the Heavenly Gondola whisks passengers up the side of a mountain, unveiling picturesque views of the Sierra Nevadas and Lake Tahoe. One can stop at the observation deck stationed halfway up the cliff or continue to the trails of Heavenly Ski Resort, a family-friendly ski and snowboarding mountain known for its rolling glades, terrain parks, and rhubarb-flavored snow. With 97 marked trails, including Learn to Ride hills and Expert Only runs, the peaks accommodate all levels of mountaineers.
Fifteen miles west of the hotel, granite cliffs and thick evergreen forests surround the sapphire waters at Emerald Bay State Park. Eagle Falls trail awards hikers with breathtaking views of the tiny Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe. Floating on the western shore of the lake, this timbered sanctuary hosts a chalet-inspired teahouse built in 1929 by Mrs. Lora Knight, whose Scandinavian summerhouse Vikingsholm sits on the opposite shore.