12 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

12 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

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Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Mankato
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Mankato
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luverne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rochester
— 5 nights
Fly

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Mankato — 3 nights

Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Get some cultural insight at Carnegie Art Center and Brown County Historical Society. Get outdoors at Mount Kato Ski Area and River Bend Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Wanda Gag House (in New Ulm) and Faribault Woolen Mill (in Faribault). There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, take an in-depth tour of Blue Earth County Historical Society, and stroll through Red Jacket Trail.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mankato trip planner.

Houston to Mankato is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in January; daily highs in Mankato reach 24°F and lows reach 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Luverne.
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Luverne — 3 nights

Luverne is a city in Rock County, Minnesota, United States, along the Rock River. Museum-lovers will appreciate Brandenburg Gallery - Luverne and Nobles County Pioneer Village. Step off the beaten path and head to Circle Trail and Winnewissa Falls. Go for a jaunt from Luverne to Worthington to see Spomer Classics & Museum about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Herried Military Museum.

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You can drive from Mankato to Luverne in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Luverne are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rochester.
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Rochester — 5 nights

Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and Assisi Heights. Get in touch with nature at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center and Sugar Loaf. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rochester: Sweet Reads (in Austin) and Winona (Polish Museum, Winona County Historical Society, &more). It doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at LTS Brewing Company and make a trip to Gonda Building.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rochester day trip planning app.

Getting from Luverne to Rochester by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 23°F, while at night they dip to 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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