7 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

7 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake Tahoe (California) holiday planner

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Truckee
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
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Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country and then take a stroll through Historic Downtown Truckee. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Northstar California.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Truckee trip planner.

New York City to Truckee is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Truckee, with highs around 41°F, while nights are colder with lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Neighborhoods

South Lake Tahoe

— 5 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.
South Lake Tahoe is known for historic sites, beaches, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary app.

Getting from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Zipline · Ski Areas · 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.