12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Tahoe City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Zephyr Cove
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Las Vegas

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon and then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Museums
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The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tahoe Tastings. Do your shopping at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery and Wyland Galleries. Step off the beaten path and head to Van Sickle Bi-State Park and Jeff Runquist Wines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Virginia City (The Way It Was Museum & Silver State National Peace Officers Museum) and Plymouth (Cooper Vineyards & Vino Noceto Winery). There's still lots to do: hike along Mt. Tallac Trail, kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach, see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be colder, around 31°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Plymouth, Virginia City
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Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Jeff Runquist Wines ©
Jeff Runquist Wines
Mt. Tallac Trail ©
Mt. Tallac Trail

3
nights
Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Tahoe Sailing Charters has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Commons Beach Park and Gatekeeper's Museum. Get in touch with nature at Sand Harbor and Lake Tahoe. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, stroll through Stateline Lookout, and trek along Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tahoe City online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Tahoe City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tahoe City when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, with lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zephyr Cove.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe, Sand Harbor
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Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion ©
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
Gatekeeper's Museum ©
Gatekeeper's Museum

3
nights
Zephyr Cove

Zephyr Cove ©
Zephyr Cove is a census-designated place (CDP) in Douglas County, Nevada, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Tahoe Cruises. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church and Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory. Get a sense of the local culture at Warren Engine Co. No. 1 Museum and Bowers Mansion Regional Park. Get out of town with these interesting Zephyr Cove side-trips: Virginia City (Silver State National Peace Officers Museum & Liberty Engine Company No. 1 Comstock Firemen's Museum). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Logan Shoals Vista Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zephyr Cove road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tahoe City to Zephyr Cove takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Zephyr Cove can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zephyr Cove

Outdoors Museums Transportation

Side Trips

Virginia City, Carson City, Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, Lake Tahoe Cruises
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Lake Tahoe Cruises ©
Lake Tahoe Cruises
Warren Engine Co. No. 1 Museum ©
Warren Engine Co. No. 1 Museum

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