7 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

7 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Yosemite National Park
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Olympic Valley
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South Lake Tahoe
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Camera Obscura (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at The Getty Center, stop by Hollywood & Highland, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip maker.

San Diego to Los Angeles is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

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.
On the 4th (Mon), get great views at Washburn Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Olympic Valley.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Olympic Valley — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail, then glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Cross Country, then get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, and finally trek along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Olympic Valley trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Olympic Valley. In April, daily temperatures in Olympic Valley can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports
Side Trips
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South Lake Tahoe — 1 night

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 (Thu), explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Jobs Peak, and then gear up at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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.