8 days in Monterey & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

8 days in Monterey & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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1
Monterey
— 2 nights
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
3
Olympic Valley
— 2 nights

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, find your balance on the water with Monterey Bay Kayaks, explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip planner.

Los Angeles to Monterey is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in Monterey hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

3
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.
South Lake Tahoe is known for historic sites, beaches, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the best photo ops around with Tahoe Photographic Tours, admire the sheer force of Glen Alpine Falls, see the world from above with HeliTahoe, and contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip planning website.

Drive from Monterey to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Wine Tours From Tahoe, HeliTahoe
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Tahoe Photographic Tours ©
Tahoe Photographic Tours
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Lake Tahoe Balloons ©
Lake Tahoe Balloons

2
nights
Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley ©
On the 27th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, thenkick your exploration up a notch at Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks, thentake an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum, and finally stroll through Truckee River Bike Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, trek along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, and then head outdoors with SWA Watersports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Olympic Valley driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Olympic Valley takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September since evenings lows in Olympic Valley dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Homewood
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Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks ©
Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion ©
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead ©
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead

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