31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
5
Moose
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Cody
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis


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2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get outdoors at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Natural Bridges State Beach and Mission San Juan Bautista.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Minneapolis to Monterey is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Monterey. In May, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Bautista, Natural Bridges State Beach
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Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas Light Station. Visiting Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Piedras Blancas will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Simeon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

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Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
La Purisima State Historical Park and Santa Barbara Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carpinteria State Beach and Fess Parker. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang) and Santa Ynez (Sunstone Vineyards & Winery & Wine Tours & Tastings). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Cold Spring Tavern, do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company, kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara attractions tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Carpinteria State Beach, Fess Parker, Old Mission Santa Ines, La Purisima State Historical Park
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park

5
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hermit's Rest and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Take a break from the city and head to Grandview Point and Rim Trail. On the 12th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon National Park in 9 hours. Traveling from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 33°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Moose.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

4
nights
Moose

Moose ©
Moose is an unincorporated community in Teton County, Wyoming, United States, in the Jackson Hole valley. Get some cultural insight at Mormon Row Historic District and Chapel of the Transfiguration. Discover out-of-the-way places like Signal Mountain Summit Road and Jenny Lake Trail. Spend the 17th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point, explore and take pictures at Teton Park Road, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Moose road trip site .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Moose in 13.5 hours. Another option is to fly. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Moose: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Moose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
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Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Teton Park Road ©
Teton Park Road

6
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get some cultural insight at Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Biscuit Basin and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moose to Yellowstone National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Moose in May, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River ©
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

4
nights
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Visiting Photography Tours and The Star Plunge will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum and Cody Firearms Museum. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Plains Indian, admire the masterpieces at Whitney Gallery, examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Paul Stock Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cody day trip website .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Cody: highs are around 62°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Star Plunge
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Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum ©
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West

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