13 days in San Francisco & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

13 days in San Francisco & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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13 days in San Francisco & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, stroll through Crissy Field, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip site .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in July, with highs in San Francisco at 72°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sand Harbor and Van Sickle Bi-State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Kings Beach State Recreation Area (in Kings Beach), Incline Village (Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Interpretive Trail & Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park) and Commons Beach Park (in Tahoe City). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Pope Beach, ponder the world of politics at Governor's Mansion, get engrossed in the history at Nevada State Museum, and view the masterpieces at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Incline Village, Carson City, Emerald Bay State Park, Fallen Leaf Lake, Commons Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ©
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

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