34 days in San Francisco, Carmel & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

34 days in San Francisco, Carmel & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 28 nights
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Carmel
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South Lake Tahoe
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San Francisco

— 28 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Goat Rock Beach and China Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Guerneville (Armstrong Redwood State Reserve & Johnson's Beach), Napa (Hess Persson Estates, Balloon Rides, &more) and Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum, California State Railroad Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and enjoy the sea views from Fort Point.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

If you are flying in from Costa Rica, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
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.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Nevada State Capitol Building, get engrossed in the history at Fourth Ward School Museum, then examine the collection at The Way It Was Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tahoe Mountain Wedding Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Wyland Galleries.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Carmel, expect little chillier days and colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips