Welcome to the Heart and Soul of Lake Tahoe!
Located in North Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City offers an array of year-round activities including snow sports in winter, and hiking, camping, fishing, and water sports in summer. This small town is a wonderful place to spend time with the family, enjoy world-class recreation or just relax and enjoy the view.
Enjoy four-star dining, homegrown coffee shops, elegant boutique shopping, art galleries, a walk along the lakeside trail system or Tahoe City's century-old heritage, historic sites and museums.
From the early days of Washoe camps to logging the basin to support mines in Virginia City to fancy resorts, Tahoe City has hosted a variety of residents over the years. The earliest settlers of European descent came in the late 1800s following John C. Fremont's sighting of the lake in 1844.
Travelers would come by train to Truckee and then wagon train or narrow gauge rail (where the present paved bike path is located today) to Tahoe City. There they were greeted by the Steamer Tahoe which could take them to a different destination at the lake or supply a day's activity.
The Tahoe Tavern was a majestic, all inclusive resort stretching for miles, including a ski hill (Granlibakken), golf course (Tahoe City Golf Course), stables, a movie theater, boat rentals and more. Amenities multiplied as summer residents extended their stays until many families lived here year round.
Lake Tahoe was exposed to the world during the 1960 Winter Olympics. Growth was quick to follow as our sleepy mountain town was discovered by the thousands of visitors who frequent the Tahoe Basin today.
Tahoe City remains a vibrant and prosperous place to live, visit and work. With an average of 2,000 annual residents and population swelling to over 25,000 during big annual events such as the Annual 4th of July Celebration, Tahoe City is truly the gateway to North Lake Tahoe.
Our quiet, local town maintains a strong character in an era of mega-villages and big box malls. Our coffee shops, eateries, lakeside paths and cobblestone sidewalks embody the true character of North Lake Tahoe and offer a visitor experience like nowhere else!