27 days in Minnesota Itinerary

27 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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27 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Winona
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Duluth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Lake Itasca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Saint Cloud
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Minneapolis
— 6 nights
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Venture out of the city with trips to Root River (in Lanesboro), Rochester (Quarry Hill Nature Center, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, & more) and Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (in Preston). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, cruise along Garvin Heights, make a trip to Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, and identify plant and animal life at National Eagle Center.

Discover how to plan a Winona trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Minneapolis to Winona is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In August in Winona, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Duluth online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Winona to Duluth in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Winona in August, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Two Harbors
Highlights from your plan
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

3
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: Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, & more) and Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery, and enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Marais online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In August in Grand Marais, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Temperance River State Park, Cascade River State Park
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama), Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors) and Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, explore the activities along Birch Lake, browse the exhibits of North American Bear Center, and don't miss a visit to Listening Point.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ely trip planner .

Drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. August in Ely sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Kabetogama, Crane Lake, Tettegouche State Park, Hellacious Overlook, 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

2
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Itasca State Park, don't miss a visit to Mississippi Headwaters, and then get to know the fascinating history of Peace Pipe Vista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Itasca, then hike along La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Chippewa National Forest.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lake Itasca trip planner.

You can drive from Ely to Lake Itasca in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Chippewa National Forest, La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Lake Itasca ©
Lake Itasca
Chippewa National Forest ©
Chippewa National Forest

3
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Cloud: Alexandria (Runestone Museum & Carlos Creek Winery), Blue Hill Trail (in Zimmerman) and Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (in Little Falls). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Mississippi River, and go for a walk through Lake George.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint Cloud trip planner .

Drive from Lake Itasca to Saint Cloud in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Alexandria, Minnesota, Blue Hill Trail, Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum

6
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 find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, have fun at Target Field, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and have some family-friendly fun at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

To find out how to plan a trip to Minneapolis, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Minneapolis takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Saint Cloud in August since evenings lows in Minneapolis dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

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

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