26 days in Minnesota Itinerary

26 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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26 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Bus:  15​min
1
Saint Paul
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Winona
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Duluth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Grand Marais
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

4
nights
Saint Paul

Saint Paul ©
The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
Change things up with a short trip to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, and admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saint Paul trip maker app .

Minneapolis to Saint Paul is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also drive; or ride a tram. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Minneapolis, Bloomington, Extreme Sandbox, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

4
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Change things up with these side-trips from Winona: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (in Preston), Root River (in Lanesboro) and Rochester (Room Escape Games, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, & more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, see the interesting displays at Winona National Bank, and take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Winona online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saint Paul to Winona takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rochester, National Eagle Center, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, The Fremont Store, Root River
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

5
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, & more). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, walk around Leif Erikson Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and head outdoors with Self Discovery Adventures.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Duluth attractions planner.

You can drive from Winona to Duluth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Winona in September, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge
Canal Park ©
Canal Park

5
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte), Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, look for gifts at Joynes Department Store & Ben Franklin, get engrossed in the history at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Devil's Kettle.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip maker website .

Getting from Duluth to Grand Marais by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Minnesota, Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors) and Vermilion Falls (in Orr). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, explore the activities along Birch Lake, don't miss a visit to Listening Point, and see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ely trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Ely takes 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Grand Marais in September since evenings lows in Ely dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tettegouche State Park, Hellacious Overlook, Birch Lake, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

3
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Walker (Heartland State Trail & Fishing Charters & Tours), Paul Bunyan State Trail (in Brainerd) and Lake Bemidji State Park (in Bemidji).

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Lake Itasca trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Ely to Lake Itasca in 4 hours. September in Lake Itasca sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Walker, Paul Bunyan State Trail, Lake Bemidji State Park
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park

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