15 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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15 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Steps. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 30th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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 1st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, then stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then kick back and relax at Pope Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 5°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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