30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip planner

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Rochester
— 5 nights
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Minneapolis
— 6 nights
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Duluth
— 6 nights
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Grand Marais
— 4 nights
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Ely
— 4 nights
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Saint Cloud
— 4 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), Apple Ridge Orchard (in Mazeppa) and Winona (Winona Tour Boat, Garvin Heights City Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: deepen your understanding at Quarry Hill Nature Center, don't miss a visit to The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite, steep yourself in history at Mayowood Mansion, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rochester itinerary planning tool.

Brookings to Rochester is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. November in Rochester sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, get a new perspective on nature at Science Museum of Minnesota, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Rochester to Minneapolis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

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: Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay) and Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, stroll through Enger Park, stroll around Canal Park, and get outside with Self Discovery Adventures.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip planning website.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Duluth sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 28°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 4 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage State Park, &more), Father Baraga's Cross (in Schroeder) and Points Unknown (in Hovland). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at LutZen Reflections Massage Studios, look for gifts at Drury Lane Books, see what you can catch with Joe's Inland Fishing, and visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Grand Marais trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ely

— 4 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Virginia (Olcott Park, Iron Range Veterans Memorial, &more) and Palisade Head (in Beaver Bay). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, relax and rejuvenate at The Pebble Spa Co., head outdoors with Canadian Border Outfitters, and trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Ely tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Ely takes 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ely, with lows of 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Saint Cloud

— 4 nights
St. Venture out of the city with trips to Loide' Oils & Vinegars (in Nisswa), Fagen Fighters WWII Museum (in Granite Falls) and Alexandria (Escape Room Alexandria & Carlos Creek Winery). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at Beaver Island Brewing Company, stroll through Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saint Cloud trip app.

You can drive from Ely to Saint Cloud in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Ely, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Cloud, ranging from highs of 41°F to lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
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.