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1 day trip to San Francisco

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1 day trip to San Francisco

We will be spending 8 days in south Lake Tahoe this July and are planning to take one day and drive to San Francisco. Having never been to the west coast I am looking for how long of a drive, the best time to leave south Lake Tahoe to miss heavy traffic, things to see in S.F. We would like to go to Muir woods to see some redwoods in the afternoon if possible. I don't mind driving at night so I would like to spend as much time in S.F to make the most of a one day trip. Any help would be great. Thanks

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1. Re: 1 day trip to San Francisco

You really need to take a look at a map and see how long of a drive it is from Tahoe to San Francisco. It is not a day trip. Chuck.

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2. Re: 1 day trip to San Francisco

You can do it as a day trip if you don't mind driving 7 or 8 hours. If you leave at 6am on a weekday, you should get to the Bay Area just after the morning rush hour. Go to Muir Woods first and then go into the city. Parking is difficult at Muir Woods in the afternoon. Leave SF around 7 and you should be back at Tahoe around 10:30 or so. Avoid traveling on Thursday or Friday because the rush hour leaving the Bay Area is much worse and traffic going up to Tahoe can be heavy.

Saturday or Sunday would be better days traffic wise.

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3. Re: 1 day trip to San Francisco

It's just barely OK to do a day trip from South Lake Tahoe to SF. To include Muir Woods is insane. Unless all you want to do is to drive through and take some photos from your car.

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Agree with above. Take one or two nights from Tahoe to see SF properly. You can go to Muir on your way in or out of SF. Otherwise it is at least 4.5 hrs one way depending exactly where you will be staying at Tahoe. Are you willing to do that much driving on the same day???

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5. Re: 1 day trip to San Francisco

Also there are tour options from SLT to San Francisco if you prefer letting others drive


Sonapaoma has given you excellent advise on how to plan your trip if you do it yourself.

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6. Re: 1 day trip to San Francisco

It's about a 4 hour drive between SF and Tahoe depending where you will be located. We stay in Incline Village every July, and family from SF drive up to join us. Personally I'd spend the night, it will be a long day driving both ways in one day.

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