12 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Yosemite National Park & Redwood National Park Itinerary

12 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Yosemite National Park & Redwood National Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
3
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Inspiration Point Vista and Eagle Falls Trail. Get outdoors at Mt. Tallac Trail and Kirkwood Mountain Resort. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, kick back and relax at Pope Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe tour itinerary planner.

San Diego to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are colder (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Kirkwood Mountain Resort
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Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Kirkwood Mountain Resort ©
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Four Mile Trail and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, hike along Mariposa Grove, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip website.

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

2
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lady Bird Johnson Grove and Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at Redwood National Park and Arcata Community Forest. Go for a jaunt from Redwood National Park to Orick to see Trillium Falls Hike about 38 minutes away.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Redwood National Park tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Redwood National Park are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are a bit warmer (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Orick, Arcata
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest

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