12 days in Minnesota Itinerary

12 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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12 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rochester
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Two Harbors
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Step out of Minneapolis to go to Hastings and see Extreme Sandbox, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, make a trip to Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, enjoy some diversion at Target Field, and get your game on at The Escape Game.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip planner .

New York City to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. June in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Candyland, Extreme Sandbox
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Target Field ©
Target Field
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game

2
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Fri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center, and then cruise along Garvin Heights. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, then admire the striking features of Gonda Building, then admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Winona National Bank.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Rochester online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Rochester takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Winona, National Eagle Center
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Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, and then immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, stroll through Honeymoon Bluff, and then admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park.

Plan trip to Grand Marais with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Rochester to Grand Marais takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rochester in June: high temperatures in Grand Marais hover around 61°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Cascade River State Park
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park

4
nights
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Explore Two Harbors' surroundings by going to Soudan Underground Mine (in Soudan), North American Bear Center (in Ely) and Duluth (Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, Lakewalk, & more). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Gooseberry Falls State Park, look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, enjoy the sea views from Split Rock Lighthouse, and steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Two Harbors trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Two Harbors in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Marais in June, with highs in Two Harbors at 71°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Duluth, Soudan Underground Mine, North American Bear Center, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
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Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

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