13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
St. Helena
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stop by Woodhouse Chocolate, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the St. Helena trip builder website .

Minneapolis to St. Helena is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Minneapolis to St. Helena, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Woodhouse Chocolate ©
Woodhouse Chocolate

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at Exploratorium, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip tool .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Let the collections at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Taft Point. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To plan Yosemite National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Montana Avenue and Hammer Museum. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take in the exciting artwork at Craft & Folk Art Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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