13 days in Acadia National Park & Central Minnesota Itinerary

13 days in Acadia National Park & Central Minnesota Itinerary

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Acadia National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Brainerd
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint Cloud
— 1 night
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Drive to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Acadia National Park — 6 nights

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Kids will enjoy Cadillac Mountain and Precipice Trail. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Otter Cliff, and cruise along Park Loop Road.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Acadia National Park trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Acadia National Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, Acadia National Park is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brainerd.
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Brainerd — 5 nights

Brainerd is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. Attractions like Paul Bunyan State Trail and Big Ole Viking Statue make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brainerd: Alexandria (Runestone Museum, Casey’s Amusement Park, &more) and Minnesota Military Museum (in Little Falls). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Safari North, play a few rounds at The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge, find something for the whole family at Paul Bunyan Land, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gull Lake.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brainerd driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Acadia National Park to Brainerd in 26 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Acadia National Park to Brainerd. In August in Brainerd, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint Cloud.
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Saint Cloud — 1 night

St. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stroll through Beaver Islands Trail and then admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Saint Cloud trip builder website.

Drive from Brainerd 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 your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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