13 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

13 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Lake Tahoe Area Itinerary

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Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Monterey
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Sacramento
— 1 day
Fly:  5 h
End: Guadalajara

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sacramento online driving holiday planner.

Guadalajara, Mexico to Sacramento is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Guadalajara to Sacramento. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Guadalajara in December: high temperatures in Sacramento hover around 17°C and lows are around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries Parks Tours
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3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

Plan a trip to South Lake Tahoe easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in December; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 8°C and lows reach -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ©
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory ©
Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the next day, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip site.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. You will leave for Monterey on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in San Francisco

Childrens Museums Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monterey sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Monterey are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
You've now added Alcatraz Island to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ferry Building Marketplace and Half Moon Bay State Beach. Explore San Francisco further: take a stroll through Union Square.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. You will leave for Sacramento on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Half Moon Bay State Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
day
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Governor's Mansion, stop by The Chefs' Olive Mix, and then examine the collection at Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sacramento trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sacramento, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Governor's Mansion ©
Governor's Mansion
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum ©
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
The Chefs' Olive Mix ©
The Chefs' Olive Mix

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