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1. There’s no town called ‘Lake Tahoe’Tahoe refers to the entire region around the lake, which is split across California and Nevada, and includes about 75 miles of shoreline. If you’re looking at second homes in Tahoe, start by familiarizing yourself with the area, which is broadly divided into northern and southern regions.
- North Tahoe: Kings Beach (CA) and Incline Village (NV) on the north shore are known for their beaches, while Tahoe City, situated on the west shore alongside the Truckee River, is a favorite of kayakers and other water sport enthusiasts. A few miles north of the lake you’ll find the town of Truckee, where you can explore its historic “Old West” sites and vibrant cultural scene. North Tahoe also boasts the largest number of ski resorts in North America, so whether you like deep powder, backcountry adventures or Nordic trails, you’ll find it here.
- South Tahoe: South Lake Tahoe (CA) and Stateline (NV) are the largest towns around the lake and are popular tourist destinations. They cater to the nightlife crowd, with resorts and casinos (on the Nevada side), but there’s no shortage of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, from hitting the slopes at Tahoe’s largest ski resort to hitting the trail in search of one of the many local waterfalls.