30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota sightseeing planner
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Rochester
— 2 nights
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Mankato
— 2 nights
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Pipestone
— 3 nights
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Alexandria
— 4 nights
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Bemidji
— 2 nights
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Grand Marais
— 4 nights
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Silver Bay
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Minneapolis
— 6 nights
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Rochester — 2 nights

Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quarry Hill Nature Center and Barn Bluff. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Pepin (in Lake City), Red Wing Shoes (in Red Wing) and Winona (Great River Bluffs State Park, Garvin Heights City Park, &more). There's more to do: make a trip to The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite and steep yourself in history at Plummer House.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rochester journey planner.

New York City to Rochester is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Rochester, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get a bit cooler in Rochester: highs are around 43°F and lows about 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mankato.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Mankato — 2 nights

Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Sibley Park Zoo, then admire the majestic nature at Minneopa State Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mankato Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Green Giant Statue Park, then appreciate the history behind Hermann the German, and then do a tasting at Next Chapter Winery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mankato trip planner.

Getting from Rochester to Mankato by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November in Mankato, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pipestone.
Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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Pipestone — 3 nights

Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pipestone National Monument and Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pipestone: Alexander Ramsey Park (in Redwood Falls), Lake Shetek State Park (in Currie) and Fagen Fighters WWII Museum (in Granite Falls). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Plum Creek, immerse yourself in nature at Blue Mounds State Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Winnewissa Falls.

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You can drive from Mankato to Pipestone in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Alexandria.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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Alexandria — 4 nights

Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Discover out-of-the-way places like Quarry Park and Nature Preserve and Jack Pine Brewery. Get out of town with these interesting Alexandria side-trips: Hemker Park and Zoo (in Freeport), Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (in Ironton) and Brainerd International Raceway (in Brainerd). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Big Ole Viking Statue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Lakes Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Junkyard Brewing Company, and learn about winemaking at Carlos Creek Winery.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alexandria road trip planning website.

You can drive from Pipestone to Alexandria in 3 hours. November in Alexandria sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bemidji.
Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Wineries
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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 13th (Sat): get curious at Headwaters Science Center, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Bemidji State Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Leech Lake and then explore and take pictures at Wilderness Drive.

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You can drive from Alexandria to Bemidji in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Alexandria in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bemidji, with lows of 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Grand Marais — 4 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Points Unknown and Sivertson Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument & High Falls) and Ely (Kawishiwi Falls Trail & Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips). There's much more to do: stop by Gunflint Mercantile, do a tasting at North Shore Winery, admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, and take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip planner.

You can drive from Bemidji to Grand Marais in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Grand Marais when traveling from Bemidji in November, with lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Silver Bay.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Silver Bay — 2 nights

Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): hike along Tettegouche Trail, then admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and then kick back and relax at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area. On the next day, look for gifts at Beaver Bay Agate Shop, then explore the striking landscape at Palisade Head, and then immerse yourself in nature at Tettegouche State Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Silver Bay online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Silver Bay takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°F in Silver Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
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Duluth — 4 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bayfront Festival Park and Hoops Brewing. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Castle Danger Brewery & Two Harbors Lighthouse). Fill the 23rd (Tue) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of W Skyline Pkwy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Point, sample the tasty concoctions at Bent Paddle Brewing Co., and take in the exciting artwork at Lake Superior Art Glass.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Duluth online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Silver Bay to Duluth takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Silver Bay in November since evenings lows in Duluth dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Museum of Russian Art and The Raptor Center. Step out of Minneapolis with an excursion to Minnesota's Largest Candy Store in Jordan--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Mary, stroll through French Regional Park, ponder the world of politics at Minnesota State Capitol, and admire the landmark architecture of Minneapolis City Hall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip tool.

Fly from Duluth to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.