How to Get to Lake Tahoe
If you’re heading to Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area, it’s a fairly straight shot by car via I-80E. The trouble here is that it can take you anywhere from 3-5 hours, on average, depending on traffic (my records on either end are 2 hours, 45 minutes, and 9 hours, yikes). I always wait to leave the city until around 7 pm, and on Sunday will either leave around 7 am or wait until after 5 pm.
Not a Bay Area local? If you’re flying to Tahoe, I’d recommend flying into Reno, which is about a 50 minute drive to the lake. There are over 130 direct flights per day on nine airlines, which include nonstop travel to and from Chicago, LA, Phoenix, NYC, Portland, Denver, Dallas, and more. Southwest flies there too, if you want to use those two free checked bags for extra swimsuits.
Lake Tahoe is in both California and Nevada (the state line crosses the middle of the lake). Be sure to keep this in mind while doing your research — the South Shore or South Lake refers to the Nevada side, while the North Shore and West Shore are in California. This article will be most useful if you’re planning a trip to North Lake Tahoe.