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 30​min
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

2
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 Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore (about 56 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally stop by Oxbow Public Market. On your second day here, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Napa online road trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Napa, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, then try to win big at Harveys Casino, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sand Harbor.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

Drive from Napa to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Napa in October; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 64°F and lows reach 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Fun & Games Casinos Beaches

Side Trips

Stateline, Sand Harbor
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Harveys Casino ©
Harveys Casino
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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