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On U.S. Route 50 between Carson City and Reno in Nevada, and Sacramento, California, is the terrific little mountain town of South Lake Tahoe. This charming town high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is an ideal place to rent an RV for many different reasons, no matter the season. In the summertime, the clear, shimmering Lake Tahoe is a popular destination for vacationers where the ice-cold waters welcome swimmers to cool off. Winter brings incredible amounts of snow to nearby ski resorts just outside town, so snow sports enthusiasts consider it to be one of the very best winter destinations to visit.

Search for an RV in South Lake Tahoe and you’ll see it’s easier than you could possibly imagine to find exciting things to do inside or out of town. South Lake Tahoe is absolutely surrounded by national forests and high mountain peaks which will have you itching to take a drive in your South Lake Tahoe RV rental. Even the town itself will make you want to stay with its amazing dining options, lively nightlife, and casinos, too. It is quite easy to get to South Lake Tahoe from San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area, and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is nearby.

Experience the Great Outdoors

Most who visit South Lake Tahoe do so to immerse themselves in the outrageous natural beauty northern California is famous for. Bijou Community Park is one of the most visited spots in South Lake Tahoe, where visitors can enjoy the basketball courts, bike and skateboard parks, wide open meadows, picnic gazebos, and the fenced-in dog park for pet owners. Bijou Community Park also contains one of the top disc golf courses in the country.

In town, Keys Beach has wooded pine forests alongside the water’s edge on spectacular sandy beaches where people can soak up the sun or swim in the lake’s soothing waters. Washoe Meadows State Park is a great place to go with the South Lake Tahoe motorhome rental, and is just south of town. Named for the natives that inhabited the land for thousands of years, Washoe Meadows has some amazing vantage points and difficult hikes up through rocky mountain trails.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is to the north of majestic Lake Tahoe and has over six million acres of federally protected land. With a whopping 23 wilderness areas, this amazing forest is easily the largest outside of the state of Alaska. Humboldt-Toiyabe is unique because it features different areas of forest that are separate from each other throughout the state of Nevada and California.

Tahoe National Forest also encapsulates Lake Tahoe, its namesake, and has a stunning collection of trees including the lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, white fir, red fir, sugar pine, and California black oak. There is also 84,000 acres of ancient old-growth forest in addition to an incredible grove of sequoia trees that rank among some of the most massive in the world.

El Dorado National Forest is a great place to bring your South Lake Tahoe rental camper for many reasons, with the most notable reason being its amazing mountain peaks and abundance of water in the form of rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. Visit Yosemite National Park if you want to see one of the most spectacular places on Earth in terms of beauty; fortunately, it is only a few hours’ drive south when you rent a motorhome the South Lake Tahoe area.

City Attractions

The magnificent city center of South Lake Tahoe is always alive with some sort of activity or festivities taking place, and the streets of the beautiful downtown area are lined with exciting locations in every direction.

The Tahoe Heritage Foundation operates and preserves multiple locations with historical significance in the area. The Baldwin Museum, Pope House, and the Pope-Baldwin Arboretum are all worth checking out if you fancy old architecture and beautiful mansions. Vikingsholm is another jaw-dropping estate overlooking Lake Tahoe that serves as a museum. The National Historical Site has 30-minute tours showcasing the assortment of incredible artifacts and antiques within the residence.

There are a considerable number of casinos and resorts just over the state line in Nevada. High-class dining, entertainment, and gaming are all available in the area so you can feel like you are in Las Vegas. The most popular attraction in the area are the many ski mountain resorts with some of the best snow and trails in the entire world. Heavenly Mountain Resort is one of the most famous and iconic in the Sierra Nevadas, and well worth a visit if you are renting an RV during the winter months.

Where to Park It

When you do decide to rent a camper in the South Lake Tahoe area, you will see just how easy it is to find a place to park and stay overnight. The town is virtually surrounded on all sides by national forest land and campgrounds, so it's entirely up to you and what you need.

Campground by the Lake is located in the heart of the small mountain town and has amenities that include a 25-yard heated pool, athletic fields and ice rinks, beaches, and many others. Everything in town is a short walk away due to the convenient location.

Tahoe Valley Campground is a bit farther out of town. The clubhouse, pool, bountiful fishing, and splendid nature trails are all good reasons to check it out. Chris Haven Mobile Home and RV Community shouldn’t be overlooked with its massive camping spaces surrounded by pine trees. Lake Tahoe KOA is also in the area and is a nice place to consider parking the luxury RV rental near South Lake Tahoe.

RV Rentals in South Lake Tahoe, CA

South Lake Tahoe, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in South Lake Tahoe. Outdoorsy's South Lake Tahoe RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to South Lake Tahoe are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Sequoia National Park.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Upper Yosemite Falls Trail Mariposa California
Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail Curry Village California
Half Dome Trail Mariposa California
Hidden Falls Trail Auburn California
Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool Auburn California
Hunter Creek Trail Reno Nevada
Mount Tallac Trail South Lake Tahoe California
Eagle Lake Trail South Lake Tahoe California
Horsetail Falls Trail Twin Bridges California
Stevens Trail Colfax California

Nearby Dumpstations

Rest Stop

Rest Area WB Soda Springs, CA 95728
Westbound, Restrooms (R)

Rest Stop

Scenic Vista Truckee, CA 96161
Westbound, No Facilities (R)

Rest Stop

Scenic Vista Colfax-Summit, CA 95717
Eastbound, Westbound, No Facilities (R)

Pacific Pride Commercial

25 Canyon Creek Dr. Dutch Flat, CA 95714
Network Super Plus, Blue Card, Network Card

Weigh Station

Camino CA South El Dorado, CA 95709

Pacific Pride Commercial

2891 Mosquito Rd. Placerville, CA 95667
Network Super Plus, Blue Card, Network Card

Rest Stop

Rest Area EB Soda Springs, CA 95728
Eastbound, 6 truck parking spaces, Restrooms (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area WB Colfax-Summit, CA 95717
Westbound, 10 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Pets, Handicap, Jan 2013: 8 hr parking limit (R)

Idle Wheels RV Center Inc.

4625 Missouri Flat Rd Placerville, CA 95667
General Repair, Parts Sales, Parts Installation (SR) (D)

Rest Stop

Rest Area EB Colfax-Summit, CA 95717
Eastbound, 20 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Pets, Handicap, Jan 2013: 8 hr parking limit (R)

Nearby Campgrounds

Live Music

attraction South Lake Tahoe, CA
From concerts by big name artists, to live music in a restaurant and club by local musicians, to someone with a guitar just passing through, the air around tahoe is positively humming with music!

Camp Shelley at Tahoe

campground South Lake Tahoe, CA
Pick a smaller RV if this is your destination as it is back in the trees. Want to see some of the great campgrounds the city of Los Angeles (yes Los Angeles) maintains up in the high Sierra? This is one of them. Plenty of trails to keep the kids busy and starry night skies to enjoy.

Keystone RV Park

campground Reno, NV
Enjoy the glamour of the Reno strip and the sweeping Nevada countryside from Keystone RV Park. This well-landscaped, modern RV park is easily approachable via Interstate 80 for those approaching from outside of town. There are 104 spaces for RVs, all with electrical hookups, and convenient amenities that include a reception area, cable television and telephone access. Both long- and short-term guests are welcome, along with their furry friends. Spend the day exploring local lakes and parks before an evening of gaming and entertainment, and opportunities for both are only minutes away. The park itself is surrounded by the scenic Sierra Mountains, Lake Tahoe is nearby, and the Rancho San Rafael Regional park is just a few miles north. All this less than two miles from the activity in downtown Reno, and that?s not just the famous casinos like Circus Circus or the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino. Other attractions on the strip include the Reno Events Center and the National Automobile Museum. Guests can also watch the Aces play at Greater Nevada Field, which is across from the National Bowling Center.

Festival of Trees and Lights

attraction South Lake Tahoe, CA
The Festival is a multiple-day holiday extravaganza! The family-friendly event features lavishly decorated holiday trees, wreaths and decor, local entertainment, a kids' craft area, photos with Santa, a Teddy Bear Hospital, and opportunities to give back to the community through the silent auction and raffle.

Lake Tahoe Marathon

attraction South Lake Tahoe, CA
Arguably the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Lake Tahoe Marathon has grown into a premier, 3-day running festival, attracting thousands of athletes and visitors each year. For some people though, 26.2 miles just isn't far enough. Running fanatics can try their hand at the triple half or triple marathon for three full days of running. Or, they can go after one of the ultras with distances including one, two, or three full laps around Lake Tahoe! On the other end of the spectrum, events including a 5k, 10k, and a Free Kids Fun Run sponsored by the Optimist Club of South Lake Tahoe round out the full weekend of events.

Sugar Pine Point State Park

campground Tahoma, CA
Run by California State Parks, this campground, right on the water, has 175 sites. Available amenities include: RV Dump, paid showers, flush toilets and dogs are allowed, with some restrictions. There are no hookups for an RV, however, but the park is reasonably easy to navigate in your RV rental.

Comstock Country RV Resort

campground Carson City, NV
If you're looking to make the most of what Carson City has to offer, then you definitely have to check out Comstock Country RV Resort. Located next door to a casino and within 30 minutes of Reno, Virginia City, and Lake Tahoe, Comstock Country RV Resort is truly conveniently located. The site has 150 hookups, 70 spaces for larger coaches, and a slew of excellent amenities that will cover all of your RV requirements and make you feel right at home. Comstock Country RV Resort has laundry facilities, pool and spa amenities, and large restrooms to accommodate your family's everyday needs. The site also has basketball and volleyball courts, exercise and arcade rooms, a large kitchen, and a supplies store in case you run out of something. The place even has free Wi-Fi and cable provisions. A really awesome site with lots of trees and plenty of drive-through spaces, Comstock Country RV Resort will certainly make your Carson City stop a truly stress-free experience.

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