Touch Lake Tahoe this Winter
Local Secrets and a chance to WIN

North Lake Tahoe’s rich beaches and quaint towns are idyllic in both summer and winter. While the steep slopes of the many North Lake Tahoe resorts are where the crowds tend to gather during the winter months, there are many secrets to discover much closer to the shores of the lake. This winter, take a moment to make your way down to the shores of Lake Tahoe and Touch the Lake.

North Lake Tahoe has received national acclaim for its recreational opportunities including being named “Best Lake” in 2014 by Outside Magazine, a No. 1 travel destination by TripAdvisor and a top finisher in USA Today’s 10 Best reader’s poll for Best Recreation Destination.

Take a look at our interactive map below with some of the local’s picks for dining, recreation, shopping and more.

Take this map on the road with you during your North Lake Tahoe adventures. Pick up a printed map complete with coupons to select businesses at one of the North Lake Tahoe visitor centers (Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau or Tahoe City Visitors Information Center).

After picking up a map you’ll already be out of your resort room and exploring the lake, so go check out some of the fantastic lakeside businesses. Share your pictures with the #TouchLakeTahoe for a chance to win a North Lake Tahoe vacation package!

Below are a few suggestions of things to do this winter, lakeside at North Lake Tahoe

  • Enjoy Get S’more Saturdays! A Kings Beach winter promotion with something unexpected in 12 businesses in downtown Kings Beach. Visit 3 or more businesses and receive a free s’more plus a raffle ticket to win valuable prizes!
  • Take in the beauty and splendor of North Lake Tahoe covered in a glistening white blanket of snow at Kings Beach State Recreation Area.
  • Browse and shop local in many quaint retailers.
  • Take a walk along Lake Tahoe’s shoreline – Kings Beach is one of the best places for access and to do this!
  • Use the shores of North Lake Tahoe and the snowcapped peaks as a backdrop for a photo or selfie. #touchlaketahoe
  • Make a snowman and snow angels, or have a snowball fight along the shores of Lake Tahoe.
  • Grab a bite and a cocktail in cozy restaurants and hip bars. We have over 30 options!
  • Bundle up and be captivated and inspired by a spectacular sunset.
  • Discover lakeside secrets and take advantage of discount coupons here.
  • For information on all North Shore events check out our event calendar.

Kings Beach

Nightlife and beach life come together perfectly in Kings Beach, thanks to the area’s downtown district being situated right along the shore. Named for a famed card shark who won the town in a game of poker, Kings Beach retains much of the fun spirit of its origin.

Carnelian Bay

Boasting a shoreline glittering with the gemstones of its namesake, Carnelian Bay is a beautiful lakeside community with several fabulous dining establishments, including local favorite Gar Woods Grill & Pier.

Crystal Bay

Home to the historic Crystal Bay Casino, once the beloved stomping ground of the Rat Pack, Crystal Bay is yet another beautiful lakeside community where visitors can find fabulous dining, music, and plenty of chance to test your luck at the tables—particularly at the famed Crystal Bay Club.

Tahoe City

Tahoe City is one of the best all year round locales that is teeming with activities and sights. Located near the headwaters of the Truckee River Tahoe City offers close access to trails and parks for summer adventures, or sledding and skiing for those visiting during winter months.  No matter what time of year the town is speckled with an array of galleries, trendy shops, and museums that provide for a well-rounded trip.


Right on the edge of Lake Tahoe rests Homewood, a resort town that’s as expansive as it is beautiful. This family-friendly area has plenty in terms of ski-runs, lodging, and leisure activities perfectly suited for solo journeys or groups of any size.

Incline Village

Nestled on the most eastern part of the north shore Incline Village boasts of some of the prettiest parts of the lake. Sunbathe just south of the Incline Village at the Lake Tahoe State Park with access to Sand Harbor. The town also has a variety of dining options. Head to the Lone Eagle Grill for a bite with a view of the Lake and after dinner check out the nightlife in the same hotel, the Hyatt Regency Resort.