32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Santa Maria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Redwood National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Go for a jaunt from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud to see Munsinger Gardens about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, stroll through Mill Ruins Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and browse the different shops at Mall of America.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis tour planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Minneapolis. In January, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 24°F, while nighttime lows are 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Munsinger Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Chain of Lakes ©
Chain of Lakes
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens

6
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Minneapolis to Los Angeles by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. In January, Los Angeles is warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Step out of Santa Barbara to go to Camarillo and see Camarillo Public Library, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library

4
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Maria: Morro Rock (in Morro Bay), San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal & Hearst Castle) and Moonstone Beach (in Cambria). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Maria itinerary planning site .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Montana de Oro State Park, Moonstone Beach, Morro Rock, Monarch Butterfly Grove
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

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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 Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium & 17-Mile Drive), Point Lobos (in Carmel) and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard (in Pacific Grove). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at West Cliff Drive, find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, learn about winemaking at Beauregard Vineyard, and take in the waterfront at Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz road trip planning website .

Getting from Santa Maria to Santa Cruz by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in January, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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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: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, take a stroll through Union Square, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

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, daytime highs in San Francisco are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
Calistoga

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful Geyser of California, examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, and finally do a tasting at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Calistoga journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in January, Calistoga is a bit cooler at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trips

St. Helena, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sharpsteen Museum ©
Sharpsteen Museum
Beringer Vineyards ©
Beringer Vineyards

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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: explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Enderts Beach, and trek along California Coastal Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Redwood National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Redwood National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Redwood National Park are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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