10 days in San Francisco & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

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10 days in San Francisco & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  14​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Truckee
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
Manchester

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Get some historical perspective at Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: V. Sattui (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation builder.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 27°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
days
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nevada Beach Campground and Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Get in touch with nature at Emerald Bay State Park and Mt. Tallac Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect colder evenings in South Lake Tahoe when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nevada Beach Campground, Emerald Bay State Park
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Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

2
days
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 24th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Tahoe, enjoy the sand and surf at Commons Beach Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Stateline Fire Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Northstar Ski Resort and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Truckee travel planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Truckee can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Stateline Fire Lookout, Lake Tahoe
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Commons Beach Park ©
Commons Beach Park
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Northstar Ski Resort
Northstar Ski Resort

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