8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Logan
Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lotus
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Logan

5
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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Sand Harbor. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Nevada State Museum (in Carson City), Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum (in Truckee) and Kings Beach State Recreation Area (in Kings Beach). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, stroll through Eagle Falls Trail, stroll the grounds of Genoa Cemetery, and admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe attractions planner .

Logan to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Logan in July, things will get slightly colder in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 82°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Truckee, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Genoa Cemetery, Eagle Falls Trail, Nevada State Museum
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Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
River Rafting & Tubing
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning site .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lotus.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
day
Lotus

Lotus ©
Lotus is an unincorporated community in El Dorado County, California. You've now added Beyond Limits Adventures to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Jollity Farm Farmstead Cheese and then let the river carry you with Beyond Limits Adventures.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lotus trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Lotus takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Lotus hover around 88°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Lotus

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Jollity Farm Farmstead Cheese
Highlights from your plan
Beyond Limits Adventures ©
Beyond Limits Adventures

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lotus to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Lotus in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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