5 days in South Lake Tahoe & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

5 days in South Lake Tahoe & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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5 days in South Lake Tahoe & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Calistoga
Drive:  4​h
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: San Francisco

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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

Calistoga to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Calistoga in October, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at 64°F and lows at 31°F. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass and then trek along Mariposa Grove.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip website .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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