30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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30 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Calistoga
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Santa Maria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Redwood National Park is known for nature, trails, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Redwood National Park, take in breathtaking views at Fern Canyon, stroll through Trillium Falls Hike, and delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Redwood National Park day trip app .

New York City to Redwood National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Redwood National Park. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Redwood National Park hover around 56°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Tree, Fern Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

4
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Sonoma (Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma Barracks, & more), Napa (Wine Tours & Tastings & The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum) and Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, take in the exciting artwork at Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, and look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Calistoga trip planner.

You can drive from Redwood National Park to Calistoga in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. January in Calistoga sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Museums Tours

Side Trips

Sonoma, St. Helena, Healdsburg, Napa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sharpsteen Museum ©
Sharpsteen Museum

3
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Explore Santa Maria's surroundings by going to Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Derby Wine Estates (in Paso Robles). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, get lost in a book at Santa Maria Library, identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and relax in the rural setting at The Luffa Farm.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Maria road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Santa Maria takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Calistoga in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Maria, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Morro Rock, The Luffa Farm, Derby Wine Estates
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park, and cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monterey online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Santa Maria to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in January, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, AiX, Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

4
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Morgan Hill (Pop Up Park & Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve), Mountain View (Pioneer Memorial Park & Cuesta Park) and LJB Farms (in San Martin). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, don't miss a visit to Los Trancos Open Space Preserve, stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz, and cruise along West Cliff Drive.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz holiday planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Swanton Berry Farm, Canepa Motorsports Museum
Highlights from your plan
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve ©
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
Canepa Motorsports Museum ©
Canepa Motorsports Museum

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Union Square, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Fox Fine Jewelry (in Ventura) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip tool .

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Fox Fine Jewelry
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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