7 days in South Lake Tahoe & Sacramento Itinerary

7 days in South Lake Tahoe & Sacramento Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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Sacramento
— 2 nights
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South Lake Tahoe

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and Mt. Tallac Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Van Sickle Bi-State Park and Inspiration Point Vista. Step out of South Lake Tahoe to go to Incline Village and see Diamond Peak Ski Resort, which is approximately 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: hike along Rubicon Trail and stroll through Eagle Falls Trail.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe visit site.

Boston to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Boston in October since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 2 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at California Automobile Museum, do a tasting at The Undergound Tasting Room, then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, then take an in-depth tour of Folsom Prison Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Auburn.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sacramento day trip planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, expect Sacramento to be a bit warmer, temps between 80°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips