30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

30 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Silver Bay
— 2 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
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Bemidji
— 2 nights
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Alexandria
— 4 nights
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Pipestone
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis
— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bayfront Festival Park and W Skyline Pkwy. Venture out of the city with trips to Two Harbors (Two Harbors Lighthouse & Castle Danger Brewery). Fill the 4th (Thu) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Lake Superior Art Glass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, sample the tasty concoctions at Bent Paddle Brewing Co., and get engrossed in the history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Duluth trip planner.

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 changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Duluth at 40°F and lows at 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Silver Bay.
Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors
Side Trips

Silver Bay — 2 nights

Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Palisade Head and then immerse yourself in nature at Tettegouche State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area and then admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Silver Bay road trip planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Silver Bay in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Silver Bay, with lows of 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips

Grand Marais — 5 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Points Unknown and Sivertson Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage State Park, &more). There's much more to do: stop by Gunflint Mercantile, delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, and learn about winemaking at North Shore Winery.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Marais online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Silver Bay to Grand Marais takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Bemidji.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
Side Trips

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): stroll through Leech Lake and then cruise along Wilderness Drive. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Lake Bemidji State Park and then pause for some photo ops at Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bemidji tour website.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Bemidji in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Grand Marais in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bemidji, with lows of 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alexandria.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Alexandria — 4 nights

Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Explore hidden gems such as Quarry Park and Nature Preserve and Carlos Creek Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alexandria: Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (in Moorhead), Historic Chippewa City (in Montevideo) and Fagen Fighters WWII Museum (in Granite Falls). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Big Ole Viking Statue, learn more about the world around you at Runestone Museum, and hike along Central Lakes Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Alexandria trip planner.

You can drive from Bemidji to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Alexandria are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pipestone.
Museums · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife
Side Trips

Pipestone — 2 nights

Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Winnewissa Falls and then pause for some photo ops at Pipestone National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Lake Shetek State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Blue Mounds State Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pipestone route builder app.

Getting from Alexandria to Pipestone by car takes about 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Pipestone are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Minneapolis.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

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 University of Minnesota. Change things up with these side-trips from Minneapolis: Minnesota's Largest Candy Store (in Jordan) and Mankato (Sibley Park Zoo & Minneopa State Park). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of St. Mary, wander the streets of Summit Avenue, stroll around Centennial Lakes Park, and bet on a winner at Canterbury Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis itinerary planner.

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.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Rochester — 4 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 The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: Lake Pepin (in Lake City), Jay C. Hormel Nature Center (in Austin) and Garvin Heights City Park (in Winona). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Plummer House, explore the striking landscape at Barn Bluff, and examine the collection at Red Wing Shoes.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Rochester trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rochester sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

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.