3 days in South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

3 days in South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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3 days in South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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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.
Family-friendly places like Sand Harbor and Lakeside Beach will thrill your kids. Appreciate the collections at National Automobile Museum and Tallac Historic Site. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Van Sickle Bi-State Park and contemplate the long history of Vikingsholm.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe attractions planner .

San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In May, South Lake Tahoe is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 63°F and lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

National Automobile Museum, Sand Harbor, Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
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Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor

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