30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Spokane
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Saint Cloud
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Minneapolis
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rochester
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mankato
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Spokane

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella), Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors) and Vermilion Falls (in Orr). There's much more to do: trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, don't miss a visit to Listening Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Birch Lake, and head outdoors with Canadian Border Outfitters.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ely trip itinerary planning tool .

Spokane to Ely is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Spokane to Ely. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Spokane in April, with highs in Ely at 45°F and lows at 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Soudan Underground Mine, Vermilion Falls, Hellacious Overlook, Birch Lake, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Canadian Border Outfitters ©
Canadian Border Outfitters
Listening Point ©
Listening Point

4
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument & Grand Portage State Park), Shovel Point (in Silver Bay) and Schroeder (Cross River Heritage Center & Temperance River State Park). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, stop by Gunflint Mercantile, examine the collection at North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, and glide through natural beauty at Pincushion Mountain Trail System.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip planning app .

Getting from Ely to Grand Marais by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in April, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lutsen, Grand Portage, Schroeder, Carlton Peak, Shovel Point
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Pincushion Mountain Trail System ©
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park

4
nights
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Superior Hiking Trail, Gooseberry Falls State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, walk around Enger Park, and admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Duluth trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in April, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Duluth

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Cloud: Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum (in Dassel), The Meeker County Museum at the G.A.R Hall (in Litchfield) and Soo Line Depot Museum (in Crosby). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, admire the majestic nature at Maple Wood Park, and get engrossed in the history at Crosslake Historic Village.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Cloud trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Duluth to Saint Cloud takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Duluth in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint Cloud, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Crosslake, The Meeker County Museum at the G.A.R Hall, Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum, Soo Line Depot Museum
Highlights from your plan
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game, and get engrossed in the history at Mill City Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Minneapolis takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Extreme Sandbox, Doris A. Kemp Park
Highlights from your plan
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

4
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to Winona (Minnesota Marine Art Museum & Garvin Heights), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and LARK Toys (in Kellogg). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, look for gifts at Chocolate Shoppe, stroll around Mineral Springs Park, and gain insight at Quarry Hill Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rochester visit planner .

Drive from Minneapolis to Rochester in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Rochester sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Winona, LARK Toys, Mineral Springs Park, Chocolate Shoppe, National Eagle Center
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

4
nights
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Explore Mankato's surroundings by going to Round Lake Vineyards & Winery (in Round Lake), Fagen Fighters WWII Museum (in Granite Falls) and End-O-Line Railroad Park And Museum (in Currie). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Betsy & Tacy's House Tours & Gift Shop, take in the pleasant sights at Nicollet County Historical Society - Treaty Site History Center, and admire the majestic nature at Minneopa State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Mankato road trip app .

Getting from Rochester to Mankato by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mankato

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

End-O-Line Railroad Park And Museum, Round Lake Vineyards & Winery, Spomer Classics & Museum, Nicollet County Historical Society - Treaty Site History Center, Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
Highlights from your plan
Spomer Classics & Museum ©
Spomer Classics & Museum
Room Escape Games
Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park

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