34 days in Reno, Lake Tahoe Area & Los Angeles Itinerary

34 days in Reno, Lake Tahoe Area & Los Angeles Itinerary

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34 days in Reno, Lake Tahoe Area & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Reno
— 10 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Truckee
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Zephyr Cove
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 11 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

10
nights
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Automobile Museum and Plumas County Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reno: Nevada State Museum (in Carson City), Wilderness Archery (in Rocklin) and Virginia City (Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, Liberty Engine Company No. 1 Comstock Firemen's Museum, & more). There's much more to do: take an unorthodox tour of Reno Air Racing Association, ponder the world of politics at Pershing County CourtHouse, admire the masterpieces at Nevada Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Fort Churchill State Historic Park.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Reno travel planner .

Sydney, Australia to Reno is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Reno is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get much colder in Reno: highs are around 16°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in Reno

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Virginia City, Fallon, Auburn, Susanville, Western Pacific Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

7
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Tahoe Maritime Museum and Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge. Visit Sand Harbor and Meeks Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Truckee: Golden Drift Museum (in Dutch Flat), Incline Village (Tahoe Meadows Trail & Alibi Ale Works & Brewery) and SWA Watersports (in Homewood). And it doesn't end there: walk around Commons Beach Park, glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, admire the majestic nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and fly down the slopes at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Truckee online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Reno to Truckee in an hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Reno in December: high temperatures in Truckee hover around 5°C and lows are around -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zephyr Cove.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Incline Village, Tahoe City, Homewood, North Tahoe Marina, Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Commons Beach Park ©
Commons Beach Park
Golden Drift Museum ©
Golden Drift Museum

4
nights
Zephyr Cove

Zephyr Cove ©
Zephyr Cove is a census-designated place (CDP) in Douglas County, Nevada, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Tallac Historic Site and Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pope Beach and Kiva Beach. Explore Zephyr Cove's surroundings by going to Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (in Tahoe City) and Vikingsholm (in South Lake Tahoe). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Lake Brewing Co, enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zephyr Cove trip builder .

You can drive from Truckee to Zephyr Cove in 1.5 hours. In December in Zephyr Cove, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Zephyr Cove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay State Park, Genoa Cemetery, Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

11
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: St.John Vianney Chapel (in Balboa Island), Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Zephyr Cove to Los Angeles with the Route module. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Zephyr Cove in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. You will leave for home on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park, Disneyland Park, Monrovia Canyon Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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