7 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

7 days in Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake Tahoe (California) tour planner
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Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tahoe City
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Truckee — 2 nights

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Get in touch with nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and Five Lakes Creek Trailhead. There's more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Truckee online attractions planner.

Los Angeles to Truckee is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, Truckee is colder at night with lows of 40°F. On the 1st (Sat), you're off to Tahoe City.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Tahoe City — 2 nights

Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. You've now added Truckee River Raft Company to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Sun), take a tour by water with Truckee River Raft Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Harbor, and then admire the majestic nature at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Tahoe City Field Station, immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park, and then hike along Eagle Falls Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tahoe City road trip planning website.

Tahoe City is very close to Truckee. In August in Tahoe City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure
Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Mt. Tallac Trail, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then stroll through Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe route tool.

You can drive from Tahoe City to South Lake Tahoe in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tahoe City in August since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Transportation · Tours
Side Trip

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.