4 days in San Francisco & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

4 days in San Francisco & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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4 days in San Francisco & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, then look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco journey planning app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Lands End ©
Lands End
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique

2
nights
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 6th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and finally stroll through Baldwin Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach, stroll through Sand Harbor, and then take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Galleries.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 82°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Meeks Bay Beach, Sand Harbor
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery ©
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery

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