8 days in San Diego & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

8 days in San Diego & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sacramento
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Sacramento

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Museum. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego vacation planning app.

Sacramento to San Diego is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sacramento in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 78°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Pope Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Meeks Bay Beach (in Tahoma), Kings Beach State Recreation Area (in Kings Beach) and Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe day trip tool.

You can fly from San Diego to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect cooler with lows of 44°F in South Lake Tahoe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Meeks Bay Beach, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Tahoe Trout Farm ©
Tahoe Trout Farm

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