8 days in Minneapolis & California Itinerary

8 days in Minneapolis & California Itinerary

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8 days in Minneapolis & California Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mill City Museum, then admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul, and finally explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Minneapolis. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Cathedral of Saint Paul
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Minneapolis to San Francisco by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in November, things will get much hotter in San Francisco: highs are around 64°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Monterey sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns, take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Drive from Monterey to Death Valley National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Monterey in November, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

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