North Lake Tahoe is in CA and NV, as is the south shore. Most people just consider Tahoe to have a north shore area and a south shore area. South Lake is more developed and has some large casinos. Many prefer this because of the nightlife, gambling, shows and activities. Others dislike it for the same reasons plus the traffic and congestion. The north shore is more laid back and less developed and some prefer this, although in high season there is traffic and congestion here too, just not as much. Both are beautiful. The east shore and west shores are largely residential with a few 'resorts' scattered about. Hope that clears it up a little.
Good overall description above.
Lake Tahoe is a large lake.
You can easily drive one side of the lake in 1/2 hour or so (i.e. Stateline to Mt. Rose highway as long as its normal traffic.)
There are hikes, parks, etc. all around the lake. There are things to see all around the lake.
There is also places to stay.
Confusion? The confusion is that people want to think that Lake Tahoe is smaller.
Or that Lake Tahoe is some big casino mecca -its not. Although in the summer time it can be lively in the Stateline area as its a good location for 4th of July fireworks and summer concerts. Its not lie Las Vegas; and sometimes in the off season, the number of cars in the casino parking garages can be like _ uh - is that all ther is?
Its an area where you have festivals and events so its good to check what is going on for the time you are there te determine where you want to stay
There is ski resorts you can easily drive to regardless of where you are on the lake.
The peak crowds come in summer and over holiday periods in the winter time (i.e. Christmas, spring break, etc.)
and although Stateline/South Lake Tahoe is busier, its not a major city in any way. There are more restaurants, things to do at night, but in the day its hiking, biking, boating, water play, and outdoors.
The things to consider are:
1) Your budget
2) What type of lodging you want - historic cabin, modern home, Resort, budget motel, casino hotel, etc.
Once you decide that type of lodging and budget, its easier to recommend where to stay.
3) Do you want nightlife (i.e. movies, comedy club, etc.) at night or is curling up with a book more your style?
That is where North Lake Tahoe has some advantages as its more your curl up with your book.
Avoid staying in Crystal Bay unless you love retro old style casino places - I tolerated an hour there - and that was enough for me (although often people rave about the area on some of the forums as they have not bee to Lake Tahoe in years and remember the good old days of decades ago.)
Confusion is that people want you to believe there is a best side of Lake Tahoe. There is NOT. And if they say there is - they have NOT explored the lake enough.
Once you decide on the three things above, its easier to recommend where to stay.Edited: 1:54 pm, September 22, 2017
Thank you both for your input! I guess I would probably prefer the casino side, as I'm not much of a nature enthusiast, although I really love areas of beauty. I appreciate your thoughts :)
The key casinos there are Montblue, Hard Rock, Harrays, and Harveys and they are all within easy walk of each other. All three have good offers if you gamble. (free rooms, dinners, etc.) so you return its a good deal to stay at one of those.
If not, some of the nicer places nearby are the Marriott (condo style hotel) (Timberline, Grand Residences) and :Lake Tahoe Resort. There are numerous budget, vacation rentals as well in South Lake Tahoe.
Heavenly Village is in this area as well.
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