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

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

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

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Montreal

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. Visit Fort Funston National Park and China Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary planner .

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Montreal in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach, then stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then kick back and relax at Pope Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach and then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
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El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

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Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In July in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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