45 days in California & Minneapolis Itinerary

45 days in California & Minneapolis Itinerary

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45 days in California & Minneapolis Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 4th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco journey builder site .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Explore St. Helena's surroundings by going to Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen), Sonoma Plaza (in Sonoma) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more). Dedicate the 7th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, stop by Oxbow Public Market, contemplate the long history of Jack London State Historic Park, and see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read St. Helena itinerary tool .

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Glen Ellen, Napa, Sharpsteen Museum, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

4
nights
South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
South Lake Tahoe is known for historic sites, beaches, outdoors, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, stroll through Mt. Tallac Trail, hike along Rubicon Trail, and kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe route planning website .

Getting from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from St. Helena in September; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 26°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Chanhassen (Minnesota Landscape Arboretum & Lake Minnewashta Regional Park), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial (in Rochester). The adventure continues: get your game on at Extreme Sandbox, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, and test your team's savvy at The Escape Game.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Minneapolis by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Minneapolis when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Chanhassen, Birkmose Park, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Extreme Sandbox, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Chain of Lakes ©
Chain of Lakes
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore and take pictures at Dodger Stadium, and make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel planning tool .

Fly from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planning website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

5
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, take a memorable drive along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and hike along General Grant Tree Trail.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder site .

Fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

7
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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