Photo of Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe Directions


From almost anywhere, the fastest way to the north shore of Lake Tahoe is to come in via Interstate 80 and then travel south either to Tahoe City or Kings Beach and Incline Village. Anyone coming from Reno would take Highway 431, while from Carson City, Highways 50 and 28 make the fastest route.

Coming from South Lake Tahoe, it is faster to travel around the Nevada side of the lake if headed to Incline Village or Kings Beach. For Tahoe City it is faster to drive up the California side of the lake. Summer traffic can make Highway 89 past Emerald Bay very slow.

map of the Lake Tahoe area

Mileage and Driving Times to
Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe
Miles Hours Mins.
Bakersfield 388 6 13
Fresno, CA 286 4 41
Las Vegas, NV 489 8 11
Los Angeles 499 7 53
Reno, NV 43 0 53
Redding 271 4 22
Sacramento 117 2 00
San Francisco 243 4 07
San Jose 229 3 49
South Lake Tahoe 36 1 11
Stockton 164 2 42
Truckee 15 0 25

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