8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Houston

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night
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.
For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe attractions app .

Houston to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Houston to South Lake Tahoe, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in July: highs in South Lake Tahoe hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
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Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

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Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach, then learn about winemaking at Truckee River Winery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Truckee driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July since evenings lows in Truckee dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Truckee River Winery ©
Truckee River Winery

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Truckee to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Truckee in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur tour builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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