4 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

4 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights


South Lake Tahoe

— 2 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.
When in South Lake Tahoe, make a side trip to see Sand Harbor in Incline Village, approximately Incline Village away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable ride with The Gondola at Heavenly, contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Vikingsholm.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker.

New York City to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for slightly colder days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 73°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.