8 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Reno & Salt Lake City Itinerary

8 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Reno & Salt Lake City Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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Reno
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sugar Pine State Park and Lakeside Beach. Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Incline Village (UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center & Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park, and trek along Mt. Tallac Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Newark to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to South Lake Tahoe. Traveling from Newark in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Reno.
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Reno — 2 nights

Biggest Little City in the World

A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Nevada State Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Flume Trail, and then trek along Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Reno Arch, then examine the collection at National Automobile Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Truckee River Walk, and finally look for gifts at Dorinda's Chocolates.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Reno vacation builder website.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Reno in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, with highs in Reno at 92°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Salt Lake City.
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Salt Lake City — 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and then get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Assembly Hall and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Reno to Salt Lake City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Reno to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reno in August, Salt Lake City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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