29 days in Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe Area & Reno Itinerary

29 days in Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe Area & Reno Itinerary

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29 days in Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe Area & Reno Itinerary

Start: McAllen
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Truckee
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Reno
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: McAllen

10
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Bodie State Historic Park and Ansel Adams Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Bodie and Yosemite Valley Chapel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Lee Vining (Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve & Tioga Rd). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, stroll through Four Mile Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

McAllen to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from McAllen to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from McAllen in July, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
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Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

6
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Get some cultural insight at Empire Mine State Historic Park and Indian Valley Museum. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Burnt Cedar Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Truckee: Gatekeeper's Museum (in Tahoe City), Golden Drift Museum (in Dutch Flat) and Incline Village (Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, & more). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Lake Tahoe, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, play a few rounds at Golf Club at Whitehawk Ranch, and take an in-depth tour of Plumas County Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Truckee route tool .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Truckee, with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Incline Village, Tahoe City, Golden Drift Museum, Kentucky Mine Museum, Lake Basin Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Empire Mine State Historic Park ©
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ©
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

6
nights
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.
Visit Tallac Historic Site and Vikingsholm for their historical value. Visit Pope Beach and Nevada Beach Campground for some beach relaxation. Take a break from South Lake Tahoe with a short trip to Secret Cove Beach in Incline Village, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, stroll through Mt. Tallac Trail, admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach.

Before you visit South Lake Tahoe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Truckee in July since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Reno.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Tahoe City, Nevada Beach Campground, Clearly Tahoe, Genoa Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

6
nights
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nevada State Museum and Animal Ark. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church and Nevada State Railroad Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Virginia City (Chollar Mansion, Fourth Ward School Museum, & more) and Nevada State Capitol Building (in Carson City). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Greater Nevada Field - Reno Aces & Reno 1868 FC, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, and see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Reno itinerary planner.

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Reno in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July; daily highs in Reno reach 95°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Reno

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Virginia City, Carson City, Scheels
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Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum
Fourth Ward School Museum ©
Fourth Ward School Museum

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