Casino Hotel with Luxurious Amenities Along Lake Tahoe
The pace is frenetic inside Harrah's Lake Tahoe—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 Room 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 provide a tranquil contrast, with nearby ski resorts granting 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, find extra privacy inside luxury rooms 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 rooms is a do-not-disturb system, which can be activated from within the rooms and deactivates the outside doorbells 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 Nevada mountains. The Cabo Wabo Cantina fuels guests with included appetizers, such as margarita shrimp ($11) and mini chimichangas ($8), or pitchers of beer.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada: Las Vegas Thrills Meet Crisp Alpine Air
Fifteen miles west of the hotel, granite cliffs and thick evergreen forests surround the sapphire waters at Emerald Bay State Park. The Eagle Falls trail showcases breathtaking views of tiny Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe. Situated 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.
A block from the hotel, the Heavenly gondola whisks passengers up the side of a mountain in winter, unveiling picturesque views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe. You 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.