8 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Mariposa & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

8 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Mariposa & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Mariposa & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

San Diego
Fly + bus:  5​h
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Mariposa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
San Diego

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder tool .

San Diego to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, plan for much colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mariposa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Incline Village, Emerald Bay State Park
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Sand Harbor
Sand Harbor

3
days
Mariposa

Mariposa
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Mariposa side-trips: Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, & more). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Mariposa Museum and History Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mariposa trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Mariposa in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June; daily highs in Mariposa reach 92°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mariposa

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
days
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
When in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Lone Pine Film History Museums in Lone Pine, approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, and steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from Mariposa to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Mariposa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lone Pine Film History Museums
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

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