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Opinion: North Lake Tahoe is better than South Lake Tahoe

We recently spent our first vacation at Lake Tahoe. From experience and observation this is what we found: The culture of South Lake Tahoe is dominated by big-time gambling, parties, drinking, restaurants, tourist traps and lake activities. For sure, “ACTION” is the buzz word for tourists.

There is only one main road around the lake, and in South Tahoe, traffic moves at a snail’s pace because of traffic volume and stop lights. Be ready to spend 1-2 hours in bumper to bumper traffic when driving through the South Shore.

In North Lake Tahoe we found a culture of laid-back, kick-back, relax, stop and smell the roses. A place to enjoy nature, fine food, beautiful beaches, dense forest and scenic drives. As a professional AV Producer-Photographer of 40 years, I found North Tahoe to be a photographer’s paradise.

From the Internet we happened to pick a lodge that perfectly matches the culture of North Lake Tahoe, The Rustic Lounge in Tahoe Vista. In addition, this wonderful place happens to have the finest small gourmet restaurant in America.

With two Master Chefs, they keep traffic low and food quality at the highest levels, better than 5 stars. For the ultimate taste bud experience and treat, make reservations months early.

John & Brigitte Sims


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