5 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

5 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Fly
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Truckee
— 1 night
Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Palm Springs

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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.
South Lake Tahoe is known for historic sites, beaches, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: capture your vacation like a pro with Tahoe Photographic Tours, take an unforgettable tour with Tahoe Helicopters, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a memorable drive along Inspiration Point Vista.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary app.

Palm Springs to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Palm Springs in October: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 64°F and lows are around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

1
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Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks, then take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Truckee attractions planning site.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October since evenings lows in Truckee dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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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.