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
— 5 nights


South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
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 St Theresa Catholic Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lakeside Beach and Kiva 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). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, take an in-depth tour of Tallac Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, and stroll through Nevada Beach Campground.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe online sightseeing 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to South Lake Tahoe. Traveling from Chicago in August, plan for much colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Oakville.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Beaches · Museums · Parks

Side Trips


— 5 nights
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 Saddleback Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Groth Vineyards & Winery 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 · Nature

Side Trip

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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

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.