30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip planner
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Grand Marais
— 4 nights
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Silver Bay
— 3 nights
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Ely
— 3 nights
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Bemidji
— 2 nights
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Alexandria
— 3 nights
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Pipestone
— 1 night
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Minneapolis
— 5 nights
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Rochester
— 4 nights
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Duluth — 4 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bayfront Festival Park and Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. Fill the 5th (Fri) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. The adventure continues: cruise along W Skyline Pkwy, stroll through Canal Park, see the interesting displays at The Duluth Depot, and explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Duluth trip itinerary planning tool.

New York City to Duluth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Duluth is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Duluth to be a bit cooler, temps between 40°F and 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Marais.
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Grand Marais — 4 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as LutZen Reflections Massage Studios and Points Unknown. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: stop by Gunflint Mercantile, delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse, and view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais journey planner.

Drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. November in Grand Marais sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Silver Bay.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Silver Bay — 3 nights

Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Palisade Head. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park, trek along Tettegouche Trail, and enjoy the sea views from Split Rock Lighthouse.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Silver Bay itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Silver Bay in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Silver Bay, with lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ely.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Ely — 3 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and Kawishiwi Falls Trail. Step out of Ely to go to Eveleth and see U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sheridan Street, stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, explore the activities along Birch Lake, and get outside with Canadian Border Outfitters.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ely online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Silver Bay to Ely takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ely can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bemidji.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
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Bemidji — 2 nights

Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, then explore the activities along Lake Bemidji State Park, and then get curious at Headwaters Science Center. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Wilderness Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Leech Lake, and then do a tasting at Forestedge Winery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bemidji day trip site.

Drive from Ely to Bemidji in 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Bemidji are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Alexandria.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Alexandria — 3 nights

Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quarry Park and Nature Preserve and Big Ole Viking Statue. Explore Alexandria's surroundings by going to Minnesota Military Museum (in Little Falls), Glendalough State Park (in Battle Lake) and Jack Pine Brewery (in Baxter). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Carlos Creek Winery, hike along Central Lakes Trail, see the interesting displays at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Runestone Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Alexandria trip maker website.

You can drive from Bemidji to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in November, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pipestone.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trips

Pipestone — 1 night

Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Circle Trail, pause for some photo ops at Pipestone National Monument, and then admire the sheer force of Winnewissa Falls.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pipestone day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Pipestone takes 3 hours. November in Pipestone sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 24°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 5 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Museum of Russian Art and Minneapolis City Hall. Go for a jaunt from Minneapolis to Chanhassen to see Minnesota Landscape Arboretum about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, and admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis day trip planning app.

Getting from Pipestone to Minneapolis by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Rochester.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Rochester — 4 nights

Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quarry Hill Nature Center and The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: Red Wing (Pottery Museum of Red Wing, Red Wing Shoes, &more), Jay C. Hormel Nature Center (in Austin) and Winona (Old Hwy 61, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Plummer House and walk around Green Giant Statue Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rochester day trip site.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Minnesota travel guide

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The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.