5 days in South Lake Tahoe & San Francisco Itinerary

5 days in South Lake Tahoe & San Francisco Itinerary

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5 days in South Lake Tahoe & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Bus:  11​h 45​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery, then stroll through Meeks Bay Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe attractions planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, train, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in South Lake Tahoe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Meeks Bay Beach, Genoa Cemetery
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Genoa Cemetery ©
Genoa Cemetery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 31st (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, trek along Lands End, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point, and then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planner .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Marin Headlands
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Lands End ©
Lands End
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars

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