3 days in Minnesota Itinerary

3 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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3 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
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Minneapolis
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), take in the views from Wabasha Street Bridge, admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, then wander the streets of Summit Avenue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis vacation app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Minneapolis. In October, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Saint Paul
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue

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nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Castle Danger Brewery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Split Rock Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Duluth road trip planning app .

Getting from Minneapolis to Duluth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Minneapolis in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Duluth: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Two Harbors
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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

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