15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip planner

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Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Winona
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Winona
— 1 night
Drive
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Apple Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ely
— 4 nights
Fly
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly

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Winona

— 1 night
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Winona Tour Boat has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, take a tour by water with Winona Tour Boat.

Before you visit Winona, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Indianapolis to Winona is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Winona. While traveling from Indianapolis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Winona, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 55°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Apple Valley.

Things to do in Winona

Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Apple Valley

— 2 nights
Apple Valley is a city in northwestern Dakota County in the State of Minnesota, and a suburb of the Twin Cities. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Vermillion Falls and then trek along Cannon Valley Trail. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Minnesota Zoo.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Apple Valley trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Winona to Apple Valley takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Apple Valley are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Apple Valley

Parks · Nature · Trails · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Duluth

— 4 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Bring the kids along to Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Lakewalk. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse). There's much more to do: take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, walk around Canal Park, view the masterpieces at Lake Superior Art Glass, and browse the exhibits of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Apple Valley to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Apple Valley, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Duluth, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 2 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park and then take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Temperance River State Park and then hike along Cascade River State Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Marais trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Grand Marais takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ely

— 4 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Bring the kids along to North American Bear Center and Kawishiwi Falls Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Vermilion Falls (in Orr) and Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, get a taste of the local shopping with Brandenburg Gallery, explore the activities along Birch Lake, and trek along Trezona Trail.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ely trip website.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Ely, with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 1 night

The City of Lakes

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Room Escape Games as well as Mississippi River Day Trips by Wilderness Inquiry. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then add some adventure to your tour with Mississippi River Day Trips by Wilderness Inquiry, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE at Mall of America.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip maker website.

Fly from Ely to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in September, expect Minneapolis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 75°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.