33 days in Minnesota & California Itinerary

33 days in Minnesota & California Itinerary

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Fly to Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport, Drive to Bloomington
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Bloomington
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Napa
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Bloomington — 4 nights

The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Minneapolis Institute of Art and Cathedral of Saint Paul. Get some cultural insight at Science Museum of Minnesota and Red Wing Marine Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bloomington: Northern Vineyards Winery (in Stillwater) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, get engrossed in the history at Mill City Museum, admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bloomington trip planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Bloomington is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Bloomington due to the time zone difference. In March, Bloomington is much colder than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Diego.
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Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

San Diego — 6 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town Temecula and Maritime Museum of San Diego. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad (The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch & Carlsbad Village), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Temecula (Wine Tours & Tastings & Temecula Olive Oil Company). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Loma, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planning site.

Fly from Bloomington to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Bloomington to San Diego due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bloomington, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Anaheim — 2 nights

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 11th (Sun), make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Marconi Automotive Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Cathedral, then catch some excitement at Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, and finally catch some excitement at Splash Mountain.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Anaheim online trip maker.

Getting from San Diego to Anaheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.
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Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites
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Los Angeles — 4 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wayfarers Chapel and The Point Vicente Interpretive Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Nethercutt Collection and Holocaust Museum LA. Venture out of the city with trips to Manhattan Beach Pier (in Manhattan Beach), Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Vasquez Rocks Natural Area (in Agua Dulce). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Watts Towers, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, admire the masterpieces at Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum, and do a tasting at San Antonio Winery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey app.

Drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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Santa Barbara — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Casa del Herrero. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Reagan Ranch Center and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Venture out of the city with trips to Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez) and Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard, don't miss a visit to Chaucer's Bookstore, trek along Cabrillo Bike Path, and explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip builder site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Los Angeles in April, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors
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Monterey — 4 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Wine Tours & Tastings. Step off the beaten path and head to Carmel River State Beach and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Step out of Monterey to go to Salinas and see National Steinbeck Center, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, take in the waterfront at Coast Guard Pier, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in April: highs in Monterey hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Napa.
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Napa — 2 nights

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at Napa Bee Driven, do a tasting at Prager Winery & Port Works, then do a tasting at Markham Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Girard Winery. On your second day here, do a tasting at Caldwell Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Cuvaison, then contemplate the long history of General M.G. Vallejo Home, and finally learn about winemaking at Repris Wines.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to Napa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in April: highs in Napa hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.
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Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
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San Francisco — 5 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Asian Art Museum and Grace Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Oakland California Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Stanford Shopping Center (in Palo Alto), Filoli (in Woodside) and John Muir National Historic Site (in Martinez). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, have fun and explore at Bay Area Discovery Museum, and steep yourself in history at Sutro Baths.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Minnesota travel guide

4.5
Room Escape Games · Shopping Malls · Parks
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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