33 days in Minnesota & California Itinerary

33 days in Minnesota & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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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 Nickelodeon Universe. Get some cultural insight at Science Museum of Minnesota and Northern Vineyards Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bloomington: National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Red Wing Marine Museum (in Red Wing). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Bloomington is an approximately 23-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. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in March; daily highs in Bloomington reach 5°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 6 nights

America's Finest City

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 Cemetery and Point Loma. Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Temecula (Temecula Olive Oil Company & Old Town Temecula), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Carlsbad (The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch & Carlsbad Village). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego, 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.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

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.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wayfarers Chapel and The Point Vicente Interpretive Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Nethercutt Collection and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: 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: admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, gain insight at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), do a tasting at San Antonio Winery, and take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum LA.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 4 nights

The American Riviera

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 Casa del Herrero and Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. 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, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, 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.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Step off the beaten path and head to Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. 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: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, 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 drive to Napa.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Napa

— 2 nights

America's Wine Country

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 car from Monterey to Napa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

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 Filoli (in Woodside), John Muir National Historic Site (in Martinez) and Stanford Shopping Center (in Palo Alto). 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 travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
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.

California travel guide

4.1
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.