13 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

13 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

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13 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Monterey
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Sacramento
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Guadalajara

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sacramento online driving holiday planner .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Sacramento is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Guadalajara to Sacramento. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Guadalajara in December: high temperatures in Sacramento hover around 17°C and lows are around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries Parks Tours

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 Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe attractions planning app .

You can drive from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in December; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 8°C and lows reach -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Trails Nature

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ©
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory ©
Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Childrens Museums Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey attractions planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
You've now added Alcatraz Island to your itinerary. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Half Moon Bay State Beach in Half Moon Bay--about 44 minutes away. See some other sides of San Francisco: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Half Moon Bay State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

few
hours
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Governor's Mansion, then stop by The Chefs' Olive Mix, and then see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sacramento trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in January, Sacramento is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Governor's Mansion ©
Governor's Mansion
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum ©
The Chefs' Olive Mix ©
The Chefs' Olive Mix

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