9 days in South Lake Tahoe, San Francisco & Big Sur Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 1 day
Big Sur
— 4 nights


South Lake Tahoe — 4 nights

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 the city life by going to Rainbow Trail and Stateline Lookout. Explore hidden gems such as Vikingsholm Hiking Trail and Mormon Station State Historic Park. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City (Truckee River Bike Trail & Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Beach Campground, and hike along Angora Lakes Climb.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip builder app.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to South Lake Tahoe. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to San Francisco.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches
Side Trips
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San Francisco — 1 day

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 11th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Angel Island State Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey maker.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Big Sur — 4 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Explore hidden gems such as Pfeiffer State Beach and Andrew Molera State Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Point Sur State Historic Park and Bernardus Winery and Vineyard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Big Sur: Jade Cove (in San Simeon) and Carmel Valley (Holman Ranch & Parsonage Winery Tasting Room). There's lots more to do: hike along Partington Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip maker site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F.
Parks · Nature · Wineries · Outdoors
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