7 days in Lake Tahoe (California), Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

7 days in Lake Tahoe (California), Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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7 days in Lake Tahoe (California), Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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

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.
On the 7th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Tahoe Trout Farm. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, then kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planner .

San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodega Dunes and Castello di Amorosa. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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