11 days in Minnesota & Gulf Shores Itinerary

11 days in Minnesota & Gulf Shores Itinerary

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Nisswa
— 1 day
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Saint Cloud
— 1 night
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Winona
— 1 night
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Gulf Shores
— 3 nights
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Duluth
— 2 nights

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Nisswa

Nisswa ©
Nisswa is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. On the 22nd (Tue), grab your bike and head to Paul Bunyan State Trail, get the adrenaline pumping with Brainerd Zip Line Tour, and then tee off at The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nisswa trip itinerary planner.

Duluth to Nisswa is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Nisswa

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Paul Bunyan State Trail
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Brainerd Zip Line Tour ©
Brainerd Zip Line Tour
The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge ©

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Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. On the 23rd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Clemens Gardens, then play a few rounds at Riverside Park, and finally look for gifts at Thomsen's Greenhouse.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Cloud day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nisswa to Saint Cloud in 1.5 hours. September in Saint Cloud sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Thomsen's Greenhouse
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Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens

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Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, examine the collection at Winona National Bank, then take a tour by water with Winona Tour Boat, and finally explore and take pictures at Garvin Heights City Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Winona trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Winona takes 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Winona are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Winona

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Winona Tour Boat ©
Winona Tour Boat
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Minneapolis to Henderson to see Kerfoot Canopy Tour about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Minnehaha Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, and get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis driving holiday website.

You can drive from Winona to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Kerfoot Canopy Tour, Mall of America, Kordiak County Park
Highlights from your plan
Kerfoot Canopy Tour ©
Kerfoot Canopy Tour
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Mall of America ©
Mall of America

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Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Explore Gulf Shores' surroundings by going to Fairhope (Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope Municipal Pier, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, whizz through the canopy at Hummingbird Zipline Course, stop by Pepper Palace, and take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Gulf Shores trip itinerary website.

Fly from Minneapolis to Gulf Shores in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, Gulf Shores is a bit warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 86°F and lows of 69°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Orange Beach, Fairhope, Holmes Medical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier ©
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier
Fairhope Avenue ©
Fairhope Avenue

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Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 1st (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, then take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, then stroll through Canal Park, and finally look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park, identify plant and animal life at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and then cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Duluth online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Gulf Shores to Duluth takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Duluth is slightly colder than Gulf Shores - with highs of 68°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Gooseberry Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

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