The North Lake Tahoe area has an 'Old Tahoe' feel with stately mansions in the woods, expansive white beaches and diverse scenery.
On the California side the small towns of Tahoe City and Tahoe Vista are the main tourist hubs with plenty of places to stay and eat. On the Nevada side the towns of Crystal Bay and Incline Village have local Casino Resorts.
Truckee and Donner Summit, in the ridge north of Lake Tahoe along I-80, offer easy access to several skiing areas as well as to the small but beautiful Donner Lake.
North Lake Tahoe offers numerous ski resorts to choose from among which are the famed Squaw Valley USA as well as at Northstar, Tahoe Donner, Donner Ski Ranch, Alpine Meadows, Suger Bowl, Soda Springs, Royal Gorge, Boreal, Ski Homewood, Mount Rose and Diamond Peak.