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South Lake Tahoe

4.5
49 reviews

When Gayle and I drive to Genoa NV from the SF Bay Area, we arrive in South Lake Tahoe (via the Pioneer Trail), pick up groceries, cross the state line (and yell Yeah Nevada!), and go up and down the Kingsbury Grade towards "Home. The east end of the city, on the California-Nevada state line, is mainly geared towards tourism, ...

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  • 1

    Stateline

    3.5
    5 reviews

    It's definitely not Vegas, baby. This straggling line-up of casinos across the Nevada state line from South Lake Tahoe is as touristy as it gets, with bad odds for gamblers, bad buffets, boozy bars and truly terrible hotel rooms (with the possible exception of Harrah's). Some fun live music and comedy shows happen here, however. For more nightlife, check out ...

  • 2

    Zephyr Cove

    4
    4 reviews

    Zephyr cove is a really nice beach, with a designated swimming area and big dock for boats. There are also a couple bars along the beach, which cater to the many volleyball players and families that hang out on the sandy strip.

  • 3

    Tahoe City

    4.5
    21 reviews

    Tahoe City is the main area in Lake Tahoe if you want to participate in non-outdoor activities. The city itself is nice. There are restaurants and lots of hotels to rest and relax.

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    Genoa

    4.5
    3 reviews

    Genoa is an unincorporated town in Douglas County. Founded in 1850, it was the first settlement in what became the Nevada Territory. It is situated within Carson River Valley and is about 42 miles south of Reno. This is where Gayle's Dad grew up and where the extended family (including her Mom) continue to live. Gayle and I may join ...

  • 5

    Carson City

    4
    9 reviews

    Carson City is the Capital of Nevada and was named after Kit Carson. Gayle's Mom and Brother live in Greater Genoa, so Carson City to me is mostly a supply town for groceries and other shopping. Except for the few blocks around the Capital (which I've visited), I find Carson City to be a bit of an ugly sprawl, especially ...

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    Kirkwood

    4.5
    9 reviews

    Kirkwood's not for everyone - it's a tiny town 30 miles south of Tahoe, so if you want the casinos, services and awesome lake views that Tahoe is justly famous for, this isn't your spot. But if you just want to ski or board hard, Kirkwood will not disappoint: it's got the highest base of any resort in Tahoe, and ...

  • 8

    Homewood

    4
    2 reviews
  • 9

    Minden

    4
    2 reviews

    Minden is right next to Gardnerville (Carson Valley Twin Cities) and is named after the town of Minden, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Gayle's family lives in nearby Genoa, so Minden is a place to shop and drive around to look around.

  • 10

    Gardnerville

    3
    1 review

    Gardnerville is right next to Minden (Carson Valley Twin Cities) and is named after homesteader John M. Gardner, an early homesteader. Gayle's family lives in nearby Genoa, so Gardnerville is a place to shop and drive around to look around. A number of employee's of the California Company I work for have retired here.

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    Kyburz

    4
    1 review

    The fun thing about Kyburz is passing through! Right there at the Silver Fork Store is the cool sign - Welcome to Kyburz - Now Leaving Kyburz! It's on Highway 50, well into the Sierra and onward to South Lake Tahoe. Kyburz is named for Albert Kyburz, a former postmaster. This small town was once known as Slippery Ford.

  • 13

    Glenbrook

    5
    1 review
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    Twin Bridges

    4
    1 review
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    Reno

    4
    96 reviews

    I think I'm too spoiled living only a short flight or drive from Vegas. Reno was larger than I'd expected and all the people I met were very nice and friendly, but I found the town a bit rundown and ramshackle. If I were to come back, it would be for the outdoors, not the nightlife or town.

  • 18

    Squaw Valley (Olympic Valley)

    4.5
    21 reviews

    I've been skiing and living in Tahoe every winter since I was two and our mountain has been and always will be Squaw because of the quality terrain, incredible instructors we had when we were young, and the best community, in my opinion, Tahoe for skiing families for the kids and an awesome community for adults and singles. The price ...

  • 19

    Incline Village

    4.5
    10 reviews

    Incline Village is one place that people with significant means move to live near Lake Tahoe. The combination of luxury, killer views, nice climate, and tax haven advantages is a nice combination if you can afford it. Sierra Nevada College's main campus is also located in Incline Village

  • 20

    Carnelian Bay

    4.5
    3 reviews
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