8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
San Francisco
— 1 night
— 1 day
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Salt Lake City International Airport, Drive to Logan


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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Vikingsholm. Venture out of the city with trips to Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum (in Truckee), Nevada State Museum (in Carson City) and Kings Beach State Recreation Area (in Kings Beach). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Falls Trail, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, kick back and relax at Sand Harbor, and immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip website.

Logan to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Logan to South Lake Tahoe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, South Lake Tahoe is a bit cooler than Logan - with highs of 82°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've now added Golden Gate Bridge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

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

Traveling by flight from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Lotus.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature


— 1 day
Lotus is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Beyond Limits Adventures. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): experience rural life at Jollity Farm Farmstead Cheese and then let the river carry you with Beyond Limits Adventures.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lotus trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Lotus takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Lotus: highs are around 88°F and lows about 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Lotus

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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 26th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Lotus to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Lotus in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.