6 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

6 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Reno
— 1 night
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia



Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 18th (Sun), get a bird's-eye view with HeliTahoe. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, then immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and finally take a stroll through Historic Downtown Truckee.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Truckee trip itinerary planning tool.

Philadelphia to Truckee is an approximately 11-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Truckee. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, you will find days in Truckee are slightly colder (63°F), and nights are colder (26°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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: hit the best photo ops around with Tahoe Photographic Tours, awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and hike along Mt. Tallac Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe road trip planning app.

Getting from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.