3 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

3 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Fly to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Drive to Tahoe City
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Tahoe City
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Drive to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Fly to Santa Maria

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Tahoe City — 2 nights

Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Truckee River Raft Company. Change things up with these side-trips from Tahoe City: Sand Harbor (in Incline Village) and Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum (in Truckee). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks, contemplate the long history of Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, trek along Eagle Falls Trail, and take an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tahoe City online trip builder.

Santa Maria to Tahoe City is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. When traveling from Santa Maria in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Tahoe City: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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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.