Destination Inspiration South Lake Tahoe, USA

Why go?

Looking out over Lake Tahoe’s still, clear-blue Alpine depths, you could be fooled into thinking the surrounding landscape is devoid of any activity. Think again. Look close enough and you’ll find a hive of action buzzing from the shores of South Lake Tahoe to the heights of the Sierra Nevada mountains. After the snow starts to fall, skiers and boarders swoop down the slopes of Heavenly Resort, while all year long, hikers and bikers trailblaze Emerald Bay State Park, and golfers tee off at Edgewood Tahoe’s 18-hole course.

With the mountains looming overhead, the backdrop to the lake makes it a scenic choice for cruising, kayaking and scuba diving. Out of the gloriously inviting waters, settle into the sands of Kings Beach, where there are volleyball pitches, a kids’ playground and picnic tables. Come winter or summer, cable cars that leave from the middle of town, such as the Gunbarrel Express, provide the best vistas of the area’s undeniable star – the lake itself.

When to go?

March and April are when accommodation prices are at their most pocket-friendly, while skies are sunny, clear and ripe for hiking, cycling and exploring the lake from all angles. Travellers visiting in late November might come across the year’s first snowfall – just in time for checking out Heavenly’s famous ski runs.

Where to stay?

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel – South Lake Tahoe, USA

This mountain retreat has a vast atrium and lounges to unwind in, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub to soak in after a day of exploring. The hotel’s a hit with bookers who loved its large suites fitted out with kitchens, along with the restaurant’s plentiful meals prepared with local, organic produce.

Postmarc Hotel and Spa Suites – South Lake Tahoe, USA

Featuring a sprawling deck looking onto the water and mountains, this hotel blends modern comforts and Alpine-style finishes. Just two minutes’ walk from Lake Tahoe’s sandy shore, it’s loved by travellers who raved about the friendly staff and the proximity to the great outdoors.

Grand Residences by Marriott – Lake Tahoe – South Lake Tahoe, USA

The cable car to Heavenly Ski Resort is right on the doorstep of these studios and suites, so this is definitely one for winter sports fans. Each suite has a kitchen area and a TV, and the resort itself is home to an inviting outdoor pool and spa.