10 days in Lake Tahoe (California) & Napa Valley Itinerary

10 days in Lake Tahoe (California) & Napa Valley Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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Oakville
— 5 nights
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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 a sense of the local culture at Mackay Mansion and Tallac Historic Site. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lakeside Beach and Baldwin Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Virginia City (The Way It Was Museum & Liberty Engine Company No. 1 Comstock Firemen's Museum) and Nevada State Museum (in Carson City). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nevada Beach Campground, pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church, examine the collection at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, and stroll through Kiva Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe driving holiday planner.

Chicago to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to South Lake Tahoe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oakville.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Oakville

Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the of Napa County, northern California.The population was 71 at the 2010 census.The local economy is based on Napa Valley wine production, and Oakville was formally declared a distinct appellation within the Napa Valley AVA in 1993. Step off the beaten path and head to Nickel & Nickel and HALL Rutherford. Turnbull Wine Cellars and Paradigm Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Saddleback Cellars and view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa.

To find out how to plan a trip to Oakville, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Oakville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 55°F in Oakville. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oakville

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.

Napa Valley travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.