9 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Reno & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

9 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Reno & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Reno & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Reno
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Dallas

3
nights
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. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at South Lake Brewing Co, and steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning app .

Dallas to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in June, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be colder, around 41°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Reno.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Genoa Cemetery, Food Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Speed Boats Tours

1
night
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore and take pictures at Greater Nevada Field - Reno Aces & Reno 1868 FC, see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Truckee River Walk, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Reno trip maker tool .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Reno takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June: high temperatures in Reno hover around 88°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Reno

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral ©
Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral
National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum

4
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park planning site .

You can take a bus from Reno to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Reno in July, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 46°F. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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