8 days in San Francisco, Napa & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco, Napa & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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8 days in San Francisco, Napa & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
End: San Francisco

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Twin Peaks and Limantour Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Boulder Creek, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

2
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 9th (Mon), do a tasting at Domaine Carneros, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then do a tasting at Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa day trip app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Napa, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Wine Tours & Tastings
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Tallac Historic Site, try your luck at Harveys Casino, and then try to win big at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Sand Harbor.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe holiday planner.

You can drive from Napa to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Napa in July, South Lake Tahoe is little chillier at night with lows of 45°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Fun & Games Casinos Beaches

Side Trips

Stateline, Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe ©
Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planning site .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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