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

Start: San Diego
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: San Diego

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.
Visiting Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Mt. Tallac Trail will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Eagle Falls Trail and Tahoe Trout Farm. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, cruise along Inspiration Point Vista, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe road trip planning website .

San Diego to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for little chillier days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 63°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Kirkwood Mountain Resort
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Kirkwood Mountain Resort ©
Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Four Mile Trail and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Vernal Fall and Glacier Point. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park route planner .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 34°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 Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile 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.
Get in touch with nature at Arcata Community Forest and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and Trillium Falls Hike. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Redwood National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Redwood National Park are slightly colder (60°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Arcata, Lady Bird Johnson Grove
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest

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