8 days in South Lake Tahoe & San Francisco Itinerary

8 days in South Lake Tahoe & San Francisco Itinerary

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8 days in South Lake Tahoe & San Francisco Itinerary

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

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vikingsholm and El Dorado Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tallac Historic Site and Tahoe Mountain Wedding Chapel. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach and stroll through Baldwin Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to South Lake Tahoe, use our trip itinerary maker.

Chicago to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to South Lake Tahoe. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 44°F. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, trek along Lands End, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Presidio of San Francisco.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip 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 little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lands End ©
Lands End
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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