Al Tahoe is a small settlement, to be found within the town of South Lake Tahoe, which, as the name suggests, lies on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, California. The settlement is named after its main landmark, Al Tahoe Hotel, which was built in the early twentieth century. Al Tahoe is a popular destination amongst inter-state and international tourists alike, who are drawn by the many outdoor recreational activities which the region’s diverse landscape affords. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Al Tahoe will therefore find that there is a good choice of holiday rental accommodation available here, suitable for self catering purposes. This includes lakeside apartments, villas and condos, suitable for most budgets and tastes.
Set on the shoreline of one of California’s largest lakes, Al Tahoe is especially popular as a base for water-sports enthusiasts. Here they may enjoy such activities as jet skiing, sailing, parasailing, kayaking and scuba diving. The surrounding mountainous, semi-arid landscape is a popular destination amongst walkers, hikers and mountain bikers. In the winter months, visitors spending their holidays in Tahoe Village find that there are a number of ski resorts set in the surrounding mountains, to include the idyllically named Heavenly Mountain Resort, as well as Squaw Valley and Diamond Peak.
In complete contrast to enjoying outdoor pursuits and recreational activities, visitors spending their holidays in Al Tahoe may alternatively satisfy there need for an adrenaline rush by crossing the state-line into neighbouring Nevada. As gambling is legal on the Nevada shoreline of Lake Tahoe, visitors have the opportunity to try their luck at any time of the day in the numerous casinos and amusement arcades of Carson City and Reno. It may also come as a surprise to visitors spending their holidays in Al Tahoe to discover that there are a number of historically interesting buildings to visit close by. The most popular tourist draws are the 19th century Thunderbird Lodge and Ehrman Mansion, a palatial residence built by a former Wells Fargo president.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Al Tahoe will find that in the summer this part of eastern California can get very warm, with temperatures often reaching the mid-thirties degrees Celsius. Winters are much colder, with temperatures averaging around 5 degrees Celsius, but often dropping below zero. Al Tahoe receives an average annual rainfall of around 25 inches, which can often fall as snow in mid-winter.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Al Tahoe will first take a Trans-Atlantic flight with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic to Los Angeles (LAX) airport. They will then need to take a connecting flight with AirCal, Alpha Air, American Eagle, Pacific Southwest or Tahoe Air to nearby Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL).