10 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

10 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Yosemite National Park
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South Lake Tahoe
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Get in touch with nature at Moro Rock Trail and Crescent Meadow Rd. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Roaring River Falls. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Stump Basin, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern, and trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip website.

Dallas to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, stroll through Pioneer Yosemite History Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lakeside Beach and Baldwin Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Angora Lakes Climb. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, trek along Cascade Falls Trail, and stroll through Kiva Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe visit planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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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.
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