8 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

8 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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8 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  5​h 15​min
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
drive:  7​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
drive:  6​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): trek along Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday planner.

Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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 18th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point and then hike along Panorama Trail. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app .

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. In June, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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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.
Step out of South Lake Tahoe with an excursion to Food Tours in San Francisco--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, get a taste of the local shopping with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip maker .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 41°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Food Tours, Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe
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Food Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

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