13 days in Seattle, Lake Tahoe Area & Los Angeles Itinerary

13 days in Seattle, Lake Tahoe Area & Los Angeles Itinerary

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13 days in Seattle, Lake Tahoe Area & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  18​h
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Warsaw

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Snoqualmie Falls, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then make a trip to Seattle Center, and finally explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seattle online travel route planner .

Warsaw, Poland to Seattle is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Warsaw to Seattle, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Warsaw in December, with highs in Seattle at 9°C and lows at 3°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, Bloedel Reserve
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Bloedel Reserve ©
Bloedel Reserve

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 25th (Tue), ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lake Tahoe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Northstar California.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Truckee trip itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Seattle to Truckee with the Route module. Traveling from Seattle in December, you will find days in Truckee are a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are colder (-10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lake Tahoe
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Northstar California ©
Northstar California
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe

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.
On the 27th (Thu), fly down the slopes at Adventure Mountain and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Tallac Historic Site, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and then explore the activities along Cascade Falls Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

Drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cascade Falls Trail, Emerald Bay State Park
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Santa Monica Bay. Take a break from the city and head to El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Runyon Canyon Park. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside--about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, steep yourself in history at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online road trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, expect Los Angeles to be warmer, temps between 23°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Oceanside Pier, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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