30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota vacation maker
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Rochester
— 5 nights
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Minneapolis
— 8 nights
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Ely
— 5 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 6 nights
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Rochester — 5 nights

Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: National Eagle Center (in Wabasha), Winona (Garvin Heights City Park & Minnesota Marine Art Museum) and Red Wing (Barn Bluff & Red Wing Shoes). The adventure continues: stroll through Quarry Hill Nature Center, steep yourself in history at Plummer House, indulge in some personalized pampering at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, and identify plant and animal life at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rochester trip itinerary website.

New York City to Rochester is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Rochester due to the time zone difference. In November, Rochester is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 43°F and lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 8 nights

The City of Lakes

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.
Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen) and Washington County Historic Courthouse (in Stillwater). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, examine the collection at Mill City Museum, and admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis vacation planner.

You can drive from Rochester to Minneapolis in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Ely.
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Ely — 5 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ely: Palisade Head (in Beaver Bay) and Virginia (Virginia Area Historical Society, Iron Range Veterans Memorial, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Brandenburg Gallery, trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, and head outdoors with Canadian Border Outfitters.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Ely itinerary site.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Ely in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Minneapolis in November, expect Ely to be a bit cooler, temps between 35°F and 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Marais.
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Grand Marais — 5 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Points Unknown (in Hovland) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, High Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at LutZen Massage Studios, get outside with Artists Point, get a taste of the local shopping with Sivertson Gallery, and look for gifts at Gunflint Mercantile.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read Grand Marais online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ely in November since evenings lows in Grand Marais dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Duluth.
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Duluth — 6 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

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 (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Glensheen - The Historic Congdon Estate, stroll around Leif Erikson Park, examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, and make a trip to Enger Park.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Duluth travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November in Duluth, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 28°F at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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.
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