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
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights

28
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Bodega Dunes and China Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Castello di Amorosa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum, California State Railroad Museum, &more), Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner) and Napa (The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, Balloon Rides, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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 °C during the day and °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

Side Trips

Point Reyes National Seashore, Pescadero, Bodega Bay, Napa, Sacramento
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Lands End ©
Lands End
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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, thentake a stroll through Ocean Avenue, thenlook 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 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Nevada State Capitol Building, get engrossed in the history at Fourth Ward School Museum, thenexamine 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, thentake 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 car from Carmel to South Lake Tahoe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Virginia City, Nevada State Capitol Building, Genoa Cemetery
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Fourth Ward School Museum ©
Fourth Ward School Museum
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach
The Way It Was Museum ©
The Way It Was Museum

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