7 days in California's Central Coast, Yosemite National Park & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

7 days in California's Central Coast, Yosemite National Park & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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7 days in California's Central Coast, Yosemite National Park & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  4​h
1
Monterey
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
day
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary website .

San Diego to Monterey is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in January, with highs in Monterey at 62°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Glacier Point. Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park holiday app .

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery. On the next day, hit the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe day trip planning app .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Genoa Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Heavenly Mountain Resort ©
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

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