On the California-Nevada border, the Cascade Sierra Mountains form a ring around 191 square miles of blue water—Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa offers a good vantage point to take it all in: it's the only hotel on the South Shore in which all guest rooms face the lakefront. The lake itself borders the property, along with a 500-foot stretch of private beach, a hot tub, and volleyball courts.
Each newly renovated lake-view lodge single-queen room has a balcony or patio and a gas-burning fireplace, and several units include fully equipped kitchens (available for an additional charge). Knotty-pine furnishings and mountain lodge decor give rooms a rustic feel.
South Lake Tahoe, California: Alpine-Lake Views Close to Nevada Casinos
The basin surrounding Lake Tahoe's freshwater surface draws thousands of visitors through every season. Several ski resorts open during winter, and boaters and jet-skiers carouse upon the lake in the warmer months. South Lake Tahoe is also known for its hiking and biking trails, as well as nightlife and waterfront eateries. Across the Nevada border five minutes from the lodge, a string of casinos offers a place for late nights out and high-stakes games of solitaire.