7 days in Big Sur, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

7 days in Big Sur, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Big Sur
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planner.

Newark to Big Sur is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 4th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, make a trip to Yosemite Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then get great views at Valley View, then trek along Four Mile Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park visit app.

You can drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adventure Mountain and Ski Butlers South Lake Tahoe. Get in touch with nature at Angora Lakes Climb and Echo Lakes Hiking Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Alpine Falls, stroll through Logan Shoals Vista Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3 hours. In April in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.