10 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Yosemite National Park
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South Lake Tahoe
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and look for gifts at Red Blossom Tea Company.

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Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Boston in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

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Yosemite National Park

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

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Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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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.
Visit Kiva Beach and Sand Harbor for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Baldwin Beach and Pope Beach. Take a break from South Lake Tahoe with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Lotus, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and try to win big at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

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.