21 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

21 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake Tahoe (California) Trip Planner

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South Lake Tahoe
— 8 nights
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Truckee
— 11 nights
Drive to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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South Lake Tahoe

— 8 nights
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.
Vikingsholm and Tallac Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum and Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Sand Harbor (in Incline Village), Lake Alpine (in Bear Valley) and Grover Hot Springs State Park (in Markleeville). There's much more to do: take a memorable ride with The Gondola at Heavenly, get some thrills on the water with Action Watersports at Timber Cove Marina, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and take in a show at Fireworks South lake Tahoe.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe road trip planning website.

London, UK to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to South Lake Tahoe. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Transportation

Side Trips

Truckee

— 11 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Commons Beach Park and Meeks Bay Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Truckee River Raft Company and IRIE Rafting Company. Change things up with these side-trips from Truckee: Tahoe City (Inspiration Point Vista, Eagle Falls Trail, &more), Tahoe National Forest (in Downieville) and Sierra City (Kentucky Mine Museum & Big Springs Gardens). On the 10th (Wed), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Sugar Bowl Resort. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, have fun and explore at KidZone Museum, head outdoors with Ski Butlers North Lake Tahoe, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Truckee route planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, Truckee is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.