26 days in Minnesota Itinerary

26 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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26 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Grand Marais
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Duluth
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Wabasha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Preston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Mankato
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Bloomington
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

6
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Grand Portage State Forest and Grand Portage National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Marais: Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder), Ely (Brandenburg Gallery, Piragis Northwoods Company, & more) and Grand Portage (High Falls & Grand Portage State Park). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, explore the striking landscape at Shovel Point, make a trip to Beaver House, and hike along Honeymoon Bluff.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais trip planner .

Washington DC to Grand Marais is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Grand Marais is minus 1 hour. In July, Grand Marais is colder than Washington DC - with highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Ely, Palisade Head, Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park
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Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument

8
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore hidden gems such as Park Point and Spirit Mountain. Kids will enjoy Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area and Great Lakes Aquarium. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Listening Point (in Ely), Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, & more) and Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll around Canal Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Duluth driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Marais in July, with highs in Duluth at 75°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Wabasha.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Listening Point, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Onyx Beach, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
Park Point ©
Park Point
Spirit Mountain ©
Spirit Mountain

1
night
Wabasha

Wabasha ©
Wabasha is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center and then see the interesting displays at LARK Toys.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wabasha tour planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Wabasha in 3.5 hours. July in Wabasha sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Preston.

Things to do in Wabasha

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

LARK Toys
Highlights from your plan
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center

1
night
Preston

Preston ©
Preston is a city in Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Lanesboro Arts, explore the fascinating underground world of Niagara Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Preston trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Wabasha to Preston in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Preston

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lanesboro Arts, Niagara Cave
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Cave ©
Niagara Cave
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park ©
Lanesboro Arts ©
Lanesboro Arts

4
nights
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Bring the kids along to Sibley Park Zoo and Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota. Step off the beaten path and head to Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Minneopa State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mankato: Alexander Ramsey Park (in Redwood Falls), New Ulm (Hermann the German & Schell's) and Green Giant Statue Park (in Blue Earth). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mankato trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Preston to Mankato in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mankato can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bloomington.

Things to do in Mankato

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

New Ulm, Green Giant Statue Park, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Alexander Ramsey Park
Highlights from your plan
Sibley Park Zoo ©
Sibley Park Zoo
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota ©

5
nights
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Family-friendly places like Nickelodeon Universe and SEA LIFE Minnesota will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Minnesota Children's Museum and Minnesota's Largest Candy Store. Change things up with these side-trips from Bloomington: Red Wing (Sargent's Nursery & Red Wing Shoes), Quarry Hill Nature Center (in Rochester) and Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo (in Byron). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, and get your game on at FlyOver America.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bloomington online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mankato to Bloomington in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bloomington can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Red Wing, Minnesota's Largest Candy Store, Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Minnesota Children's Museum ©
Minnesota Children's Museum
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo ©
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

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