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    Salt Flats and Blue Waters: Lake Tahoe via Salt Lake City

    Salt Flats and Blue Waters: Lake Tahoe via Salt Lake City
    Starts from

    Salt Lake City

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    23

    Duration

    4 days

    Length

    733 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Salt Lake City

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    4 days

    Length

    733 mi

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    Britnee Johnston

    Britnee Johnston

    Travel Expert

    Highlights

    • Explore the unusual Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
    • Swim in the blue waters of Lake Tahoe in Nevada.
    • Float the serene Truckee River in California.
    This four-day route will take you from the salt flats of Utah to the beautiful Lake Tahoe in Nevada and California. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the westward expansion at local museums and interpretive centers, including about the Donner Party and California Gold Rush.
    You will also swim and kayak in the blue waters of Lake Tahoe, along with a few hiking trips to capture views of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding mountains from all angles. This trip will be a memorable one!

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    This four-day route will take you from the salt flats of Utah to the beautiful Lake Tahoe in Nevada and California. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the westward expansion at local museums and interpretive centers, including about the Donner Party and California Gold Rush.
    You will also swim and kayak in the blue waters of Lake Tahoe, along with a few hiking trips to capture views of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding mountains from all angles. This trip will be a memorable one!
    Britnee Johnston

    Britnee Johnston

    Travel Expert

    • Explore the unusual Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
    • Swim in the blue waters of Lake Tahoe in Nevada.
    • Float the serene Truckee River in California.

    Travel itinerary

    Salt Flats and Historic Museums to Elko
    6 Activities

    Day 1

    235 mi

    Salt Flats and Historic Museums to Elko

    You will enjoy today's itinerary with a visit to the unusual Bonneville Salt Flats, a historic airfield museum in Wendover, and an interpretive center on the trail of the 49ers.
    18:00
    Westward Expansion History and Animal Sanctuary Visit onto Reno
    5 Activities

    Day 2

    310 mi

    Westward Expansion History and Animal Sanctuary Visit onto Reno

    You will visit two local museums to explore the westward expansion along the California Trail, similar to the route you are taking today. Another interesting stop will be the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary with unusual animal residents that you can meet on a tour.
    20:15
    Hiking and Swimming in the Blue Waters of Lake Tahoe
    5 Activities

    Day 3

    68 mi0.1 mi

    Hiking and Swimming in the Blue Waters of Lake Tahoe

    Today is full of amazing Lake Tahoe views and a visit to Chimney Beach to take a swim in the clear blue waters. Pack a picnic lunch before you head out.
    18:30
    Float the Truckee River and Explore Emerald Bay
    7 Activities

    Day 4

    119 mi2 mi

    Float the Truckee River and Explore Emerald Bay

    Today, you will float the Truckee River, which offers crystal clear waters through a forested canyon. You will also explore Emerald Bay, including a historic home and kayak to Fannette Island.

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