16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Start: North Platte
Drive:  9 h
1
Winona
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
New Ulm
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
End: North Platte

3
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Discover out-of-the-way places like Minnesota Marine Art Museum and International Owl Center. You'll explore and learn at LARK Toys and Winona County Historical Society. Venture out of the city with trips to Reads Landing (in Lake City) and Lanesboro Arts (in Lanesboro). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, examine the collection at Watkins Museum and Store, don't miss a visit to The Fremont Store, and get engrossed in the history at Polish Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Winona trip planning website.

North Platte to Winona is an approximately 10- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from North Platte, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Winona, ranging from highs of 41°F to lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

Museums Shopping Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Reads Landing, Lanesboro Arts, The Fremont Store, International Owl Center, LARK Toys
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Winona County Historical Society ©
Winona County Historical Society
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
For shopping fun, head to Art in the Alley or Beaver Bay Agate Shop. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Park Point and Two Harbors Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, Split Rock Lighthouse, &more) and Grand Rapids (Forest History Center & Judy Garland Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Duluth Depot, steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and get to know the fascinating history of Stoney Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Winona to Duluth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Winona, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Duluth, ranging from highs of 34°F to lows of 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Grand Rapids, Beaver Bay Agate Shop
Highlights from your plan
Forest History Center ©
Forest History Center
Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
The Duluth Depot ©
The Duluth Depot

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Shop till you drop at Sivertson Gallery and Gunflint Mercantile. Popular historic sites such as Grand Marais Lighthouse and Father Baraga's Cross are in your itinerary. When in Grand Marais, make a side trip to see Grand Portage National Monument in Grand Portage, approximately Grand Portage away. There's lots more to do: do a tasting at North Shore Winery, hike along Honeymoon Bluff, play a few rounds at Superior National Golf Course, and fly down the slopes at Pincushion Mountain Trail System.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Marais trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Grand Marais takes 2.5 hours. In March in Grand Marais, expect temperatures between 33°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lutsen, Father Baraga's Cross, Grand Portage National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Sivertson Gallery ©
Sivertson Gallery

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.
Do your shopping at General Store of Minnetonka and Rybicki Cheese. Let the collections at Minneapolis Institute of Art and Red Wing Shoes capture your imagination. Take a break from Minneapolis with a short trip to Northfield Historical Society in Northfield, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Russian Art, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game, have some family-friendly fun at FlyOver America, and browse the different shops at Mall of America.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Minneapolis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Marais in March: highs in Minneapolis hover around 41°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bloomington, General Store of Minnetonka, Northfield Historical Society, Summit Avenue, Red Wing Shoes
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Russian Art ©
The Museum of Russian Art
Northfield Historical Society ©
Northfield Historical Society
Red Wing Shoes ©
Red Wing Shoes

2
nights
New Ulm

New Ulm
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): do a tasting at Crow River Winery and then steep yourself in history at Sod House on the Prairie. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Wanda Gag House and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Schell's.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the New Ulm trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Minneapolis to New Ulm by car takes about 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in New Ulm can reach 39°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Ulm

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Crow River Winery, Sod House on the Prairie
Highlights from your plan
Schell's
Schell's
Crow River Winery ©
Crow River Winery
Sod House on the Prairie ©
Sod House on the Prairie

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