8 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights

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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at de Young Museum, then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in March, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Yosemite National Park — 1 night

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 25th (Fri), get great views at Half Dome.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

South Lake Tahoe — 1 night

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 26th (Sat), hit the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe travel planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in March, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
Parks · Spas · Fun & Games · Casinos
Side Trip

San Francisco — 3 nights

When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Point Reyes Safaris in Point Reyes Station, approximately Point Reyes Station away. Enjoy San Francisco some more: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in March, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 65°F.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.