15 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

15 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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15 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + bus:  21​h 45​min
South Lake Tahoe
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Truckee
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Sydney

7
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vikingsholm and Tallac Historic Site. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pope Beach and Meeks Bay Beach. Step out of South Lake Tahoe to go to Homewood and see Homewood Mountain Resort, which is approximately 42 minutes away. On the 14th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, race across the water with a speed boat tour, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, and get your game on at Magic Carpet Golf.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe road trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 6°C and lows about -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Meeks Bay Beach, Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Falls Trail, Homewood Mountain Resort
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Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

6
days
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Lake Tahoe and Hellman-Ehrman Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Truckee: Tahoe City (Commons Beach Park, North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Gatekeepers Museum, & more) and Kings Beach State Recreation Area (in Kings Beach). On the 22nd (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Northstar California. On the 23rd (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Squaw Valley Ski Area. And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with Tahoe Donner, play a few rounds at Coyote Moon Golf Course, tour the pleasant surroundings at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Northstar Ski Resort.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Truckee online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Commons Beach Park ©
Commons Beach Park
Inspiration Point Vista ©
Inspiration Point Vista
Kings Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kings Beach State Recreation Area

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