8 days in San Francisco & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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8 days in San Francisco & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Chicago

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planner .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, and then stroll through Kiva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, and then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be slightly colder, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

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