3 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

3 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
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South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park and then explore and take pictures at Inspiration Point Vista. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Mt. Tallac Trail, take an in-depth tour of Tallac Historic Site, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary tool.

Las Vegas to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are slightly colder (64°F), and nights are much colder (31°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips


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Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and then wander the streets of Historic Downtown Truckee.

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Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 26°F in Truckee. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Museums · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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.