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Plan the Best Road Trip to TahoeDon't just stop at gas stations to fill up and stretch your legs on the way to Lake Tahoe; make the most out of your journey! We have lots of exciting recommendations so you can embark on the best road trip to Tahoe.
Travel From the Bay Area/San Francisco to Lake TahoeThe drive from the Bay Area to the north shore of Lake Tahoe is usually about 3 ½ hours. Why take a boring drive when you can have an exciting road trip with lots of new experiences?
- Vacaville Premium Outlets â" If youâre anything like us, once youâre about 20 minutes from home youâll realize that you forgot something for your trip. Isnât that how it always happens? Luckily for you, youâll be passing by one of the best premium outlet centers along the way! Shop for any last-minute items you need for your vacation (winter boots, swimsuits, sunglasses, scarves, etc.)
- Sacramento â" As the farm-to-table capital of the world, you need to stop in Sacramento for a delicious meal. Try a local restaurant, such as Bacon and Butter, for breakfast/brunch on your Lake Tahoe drive.
- Ikeda's California Country Market and Pie Shop â" Purchase some of the best homemade pies youâll ever taste. Buy one whole pie to take with you and one slice to eat right away! You can also shop their selection of wine, coffee, meat, fish, homemade dips, and more.
- Maria's Mexican Tacos - If youâre craving some drool-worthy Mexican food, visit Mariaâs. This hidden gem is just across the highway from Ikedaâs.
- Truckee â" Get out of the car for a bit and stretch out. You can pop into Ace Hardware and pick up a sled or beach chairs for the week.
Travel From Los Angeles, CA, to Lake TahoeThe drive from Los Angeles to North Lake Tahoe is about 8 hours. You can take multiple days to tackle this trek and expand your list of sights to see. If you want to just take one day, we recommend you travel via US-395 and make these unique pit stops.
- Pack the car and hit the road early to avoid LA traffic. Scenic 395 will be waiting for you!
- Erick Schat's Bakery in Bishop, CA â" Stop by Erick Schat's Bakery and grab a box of pastries. This bakery is arguably the most famous in Northern Californiaâ"and thereâs usually a line wrapping around the block to prove it! We'll be impressed if you make it all the way to Tahoe without devouring your whole box of delicious treats!
- Convict Lake â" Convict Lake is right off the highway just before the Mammoth Lakes. The 2.5-mile hike around the lake is a canât-miss!
- Hot Creek â" If you arenât interested in hiking or donât have time, visit Hot Creek on the other side of the highway. With boiling water bubbling up from the creek bed, this stream is definitely photo-worthy.
- Tioga Gas Mart & Whoa Nellie Deli â" We know what youâre probably thinking; why would we recommend a gas station when you can just stop any one you pass? Well, this particular Mobile gas station near Mono Lake at the Tioga pass has a surprisingly delicious menu.
- Travertine Hot Springs (clothing optional) - Right off a winding dirt road just before the town of Bridgeport and outside Yosemite National Park, youâll find Travertine Hot Springs. Take a dip!
- Topaz Lake Lodge and Casino â" Just across the border in Nevada, you can try your luck at Topaz Lake. It's the perfect way to pass the time as you wait for your EV to charge on the last leg of the trip.
- Lake Boulevard â" Youâre almost at your destination! Continue towards Lake Tahoe and follow Lake Boulevard for beautiful views.