17 days in Minnesota Itinerary

17 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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17 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Albany
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Duluth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Winona
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Albany

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nickelodeon Universe and SEA LIFE Minnesota. Step out of Minneapolis with an excursion to Extreme Sandbox in Hastings--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at The Escape Game, browse the different shops at Mall of America, admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis trip itinerary maker site .

Albany to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Albany to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Extreme Sandbox, Minnesota Zoo, Hammerheart Brewery
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Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Target Field ©
Target Field

5
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Bring the kids along to Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area and Park Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, & more), Soudan Underground Mine (in Soudan) and Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Duluth online visit planner .

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in August; daily highs in Duluth reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Onyx Beach, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder), Grand Portage State Park (in Grand Portage) and Ely (Kawishiwi Falls Trail, North American Bear Center, & more). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, trek along Honeymoon Bluff, and stroll through Honeymoon Bluff Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ely, Grand Portage State Park, Temperance River State Park, Cascade River State Park
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest

2
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Kids will enjoy Niagara Cave and Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Winona: Gonda Building (in Rochester), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and LARK Toys (in Kellogg). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights, and see the interesting displays at Winona National Bank.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Winona sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Winona in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Grand Marais in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Winona: highs are around 79°F and lows about 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

LARK Toys, Gonda Building, National Eagle Center, Niagara Cave, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
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National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Niagara Cave ©
Niagara Cave
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys

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