13 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

13 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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13 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Truckee
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Chicago

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Adventure Mountain and Rubicon Trail. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Magic Carpet Golf, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and trek along Fallen Leaf Lake Trail.

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Chicago to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to South Lake Tahoe is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 45°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
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Heavenly Mountain Resort ©
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Magic Carpet Golf ©
Magic Carpet Golf
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion ©
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

6
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tahoe Donner and KidZone Museum. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park, get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, and glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner Cross Country.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Truckee sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 16°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Concours d'Elegance Lake Tahoe
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Northstar California ©
Northstar California
KidZone Museum ©
KidZone Museum

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