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Old 02-07-2019, 12:23 PM   #1
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Mid September trip to north California

Is the timing for a trip from Minnesota to north California important? I would like to leave mid to late September and be gone for at least a month. How late are the campgrounds and parks open? Shouldn't be any colder there than it is in Minnesota.
My wife is afraid that it is too late in the year for the trip. After we arrived to northern California we intend to follow south along the coast and eventually work our way over to Phoenix Az. and then back to Minnesota to face the cold winter. (should be back before Halloween)
The trip is all sightseeing oriented, not any particular place to be. She would like to see the giant redwoods and whatever else is touristy over the route. I suppose the north & west route would be through Montana or Wyoming.
I do not see a problem with the trip, I have to convince the wife though.
Thanks for any help
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Is the timing for a trip from Minnesota to north California important? I would like to leave mid to late September and be gone for at least a month. How late are the campgrounds and parks open? Shouldn't be any colder there than it is in Minnesota.

My wife is afraid that it is too late in the year for the trip. After we arrived to northern California we intend to follow south along the coast and eventually work our way over to Phoenix Az. and then back to Minnesota to face the cold winter. (should be back before Halloween)

The trip is all sightseeing oriented, not any particular place to be. She would like to see the giant redwoods and whatever else is touristy over the route. I suppose the north & west route would be through Montana or Wyoming.
I do not see a problem with the trip, I have to convince the wife though.
Thanks for any help

September and October are the two best months to travel, IMHO.

On the way out I'd try to make a run Up or Down the Rockies and possibly see the Aspen as they Turn Gold - https://lynn.smugmug.com/Travel/Colo...pens/i-tsVRkXg - The PCH will be Great in late September, early October - https://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm - and if you are able to make it all the way down to Sequoia - Kings Canyon NP - https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm - Should be a Great Trip.

Best of luck,

Weather averages - https://www.usclimatedata.com/
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:22 PM   #3
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Why not stay in Arizona for the winter? Sounds like you might be retired. What's the rush?

Sept. & Oct. will be a nice trip and yes, places to stay will be open.
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The weather is going to be fine. Where true may run into problems is on the west coast that’s fire season so you will want to be looking out for that.
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I think you will have enough time to visit many places that interest you between MN and the West Coast. Also Redwood NP along the CA coast (Sequoia Sempervirens) as well as Kings Canyon and Sequoia NP's in the Sierras (Sequoia Giganteum), two different species of redwoods. There are also smaller groves of these along the coast and in the Sierras. And there is Yosemite NP and others in CA.

Good planning will provide a lot of enjoyment and the ability to visit many beautiful places on your trip.

Best of luck.

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Fall is an awesome time to visit California coast. Redwoods, Sonoma, Napa, Bodega Bay, Pt. Reyes, Sausalitio, Golden Gate, all north of San Francisco. Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Paso Robles, Morrow Bay, Pismo Beach (camp on the beach), Santa Barbara, Ventura, Malibu, Huntington Beach, Orange County coastline, Oceanside and San Diego. Weather likely to be perfect unless you donít like sunshine an 70F, cloudless skies, ocean and wine country. Highway 1 or 101. Mountains, Deserts and more inland if you get tired of the coast.
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