8 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

8 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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8 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly + bus:  9​h
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Truckee
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Des Moines

5
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Vikingsholm and Tallac Historic Site. On the 1st (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, identify plant and animal life at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, hike along Mt. Tallac Trail, and kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe road trip site .

Des Moines to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Des Moines to South Lake Tahoe, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Des Moines in July since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Lake Tahoe (California)
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Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 3rd (Sat), examine the collection at Truckee Railroad Museum, then explore the galleries of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and then tee off at Tahoe Donner Golf Course.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Truckee trip planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, Truckee is a bit cooler at night with lows of 38°F. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Lake Tahoe
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Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Donner Golf Course ©
Tahoe Donner Golf Course

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