4 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Santa Cruz & Saratoga Itinerary

4 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Santa Cruz & Saratoga Itinerary

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4 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Santa Cruz & Saratoga Itinerary

Start: Reno
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Saratoga
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Reno

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe road trip planning website .

Reno to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 1.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Reno in August, things will get slightly colder in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 81°F and lows about 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Santa Cruz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 57°F at night. On the 17th (Sat), you're off toSaratoga.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Saratoga

Saratoga ©
Saratoga is a city in Santa Clara County, California, United States. For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saratoga trip site .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Saratoga in an hour. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saratoga, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 60°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saratoga

Parks
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Hakone Gardens ©
Hakone Gardens

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