10 days in San Francisco, Wawona & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco, Wawona & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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10 days in San Francisco, Wawona & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Wawona
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
End: San Francisco

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Baker Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden Gate Promenade, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wawona.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
USS Pampanito ©
USS Pampanito

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nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Get in touch with nature at Vernal Fall and Chilnualna Falls. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, get great views at Valley View, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, and get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wawona trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Wawona in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Wawona, with highs around 81°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

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Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rubicon Trail and then take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Alpine Falls. On the next day, cast your line with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, and then kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe online itinerary builder .

You can drive from Wawona to South Lake Tahoe in 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wawona in October: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 64°F and lows are around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

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Glen Alpine Falls ©
Glen Alpine Falls
Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum ©

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Walt Disney Family Museum and Legion of Honor will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lands End and Marin Headlands. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Mount Tamalpais State Park in Mill Valley--about 32 minutes away. See some other sides of San Francisco: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, tee off at Lincoln Park, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Marin Headlands, Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Lands End ©
Lands End
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

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