How to Plan the Best Road Trip to Lake Tahoe

If you’re in need of a weekend getaway with your sweetheart, why not plan a road trip to Lake Tahoe? Known for its beautiful beaches, scenic hikes, and fabulous ski resorts, it’s the ultimate destination for outdoorsy couples! Read on to learn everything you need to know about driving to Lake Tahoe. Then, make sure to access our complimentary Northern California Vacation Guide. From dining and nightlife to attractions and entertainment, it’s full of great recommendations to help you plan your trip!

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Getting There: An Insider’s Guide to Road Trips to Lake Tahoe

No matter which direction you are coming from, a road trip to Lake Tahoe is a very scenic experience. You’ll pass several points of interest along the way, so make sure to bring your camera! Also, keep in mind that Lake Tahoe is enormous, spanning more than 70 miles of shoreline. Because of its size, the distance it takes to get there varies depending on which part of the lake you are visiting. Finally, make sure to check the road conditions before you go. Some of the local roads close during the winter months due to snow, so be aware of the current weather reports. Here are some more great pointers for your road trip to Lake Tahoe!

San Francisco to Lake Tahoe

If you’re driving from San Francisco, you can expect the journey to take approximately three and a half to four hours. Route I-80 East is the fastest route. As a major highway, it’s nearly a straight shot to the lake. Plus, this route is usually kept clear of snow during the winter months. Make sure to stop by Lake Clementine and take a photo of the Foresthill Bridge. It’s the tallest bridge in California! 

To get to South Lake Tahoe, you’ll want to take Hwy 50 northeast from I-80. Points of interest along this route include Apple Hill and the Folsom Prison Museum.

Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe

The best way to travel from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe is via 395. While there are other routes you can take, US 395 is the most scenic. Enjoy spectacular views of the Sierras while you wind through charming towns and beautiful landscapes. The entire trip should take approximately eight hours. If you’re looking for places to stop on the way to Lake Tahoe, consider taking a minor detour to Grover Hot Springs, Hope Valley, or Mammoth Lakes. These are all wonderful areas to rest and take in the postcard-worthy views!

Sacramento to Lake Tahoe

As long as you beat rush hour traffic, driving from Sacramento takes just two to three hours. If you’re visiting North Lake Tahoe, take I-80 East to Highway 89 South. Then, follow the signs to Tahoe City. If you’re visiting South Lake Tahoe, it’s better to take Highway 50 East. Enjoy the views along the way! 

Eden Vale Inn to Lake Tahoe

Driving from our romantic Placerville bed and breakfast to Lake Tahoe is a breeze! Eden Vale Inn is conveniently located between Sacramento and the lake, so the drive only takes one and a half to two hours. If you don’t feel like spending hours in the car, we invite you to stay with us! There are so many fun things to do in South Lake Tahoe, and you won’t be able to see it all in one day. Stay as long as you need and enjoy your Northern California getaway to the fullest!

Book Your Stay at Eden Vale Inn

The couch and door to the patio in the Cottonwood Room at Eden Vale Inn

After a day of driving, you deserve to stretch your legs and relax! When it comes to the best lodging in the area, look no further than Eden Vale Inn. Our romantic Placerville bed and breakfast is near all the best attractions and offers the ideal accommodations for your stay. Begin your day with a delicious, made-from-scratch breakfast to prepare you for a day of adventure. Then, come back to the inn and unwind with a soothing spa treatment or a glass of fine Sierra wine. 

All of our well-appointed guest rooms feature luxurious amenities to ensure that your stay is a comfortable one. With a romantic fireplace, a spa-like bathroom, and an outdoor swing for two, our Cottonwood Room is a wonderful option for your getaway! Sink into your comfortable king-size bed, relax on the private patio, or enjoy breathtaking views of the gardens. 

Are you ready to start planning your California road trip? Book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome you!

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