31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Saint Cloud
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ely
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Duluth
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Winona
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Minneapolis
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

3
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Cloud: Legacy at Cragun's (in Brainerd), Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (in Little Falls) and Blue Hill Trail (in Zimmerman). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, explore the activities along Mississippi River, look for all kinds of wild species at Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary, and get engrossed in the history at Runestone Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saint Cloud online journey planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Saint Cloud is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Saint Cloud is 1 hour. When traveling from Edmonton in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Cloud: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Minnesota, Runestone Museum, Blue Hill Trail, Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Legacy at Cragun's
Highlights from your plan
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum

3
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Lake Itasca: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Walker), Rabideau CCC camp (in Blackduck) and Paul Bunyan State Trail (in Brainerd).

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Itasca trip planner .

You can drive from Saint Cloud to Lake Itasca in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lake Itasca are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bemidji, Rabideau CCC camp, Fishing Charters & Tours, Paul Bunyan State Trail
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park

5
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors), Vermilion Falls (in Orr) and Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, steep yourself in history at Dorothy Molter Museum, don't miss a visit to Iron Range Veterans Memorial, and explore the galleries of International Wolf Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ely road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Itasca to Ely takes 4 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lake Itasca in August: high temperatures in Ely hover around 26°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Tettegouche State Park, Hellacious Overlook, Lake Kabetogama, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

4
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Marais: Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery, stroll through Honeymoon Bluff, and immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip maker .

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. September in Grand Marais sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Devil's Kettle, Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park

5
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
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 (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, admire the natural beauty at Leif Erikson Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Duluth can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

4
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Explore Winona's surroundings by going to LARK Toys (in Kellogg), Rochester (Gonda Building, Quarry Hill Nature Center, & more) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, walk around Lake Park, Head underground at Niagara Cave, and explore and take pictures at Garvin Heights.

Plan a Winona trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Duluth to Winona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Duluth, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Winona, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Rochester, National Eagle Center, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, LARK Toys, Niagara Cave
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

6
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
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 these side-trips from Minneapolis: Hastings (Hastings Dairy Store & Extreme Sandbox) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). There's still lots to do: have fun at Target Field, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and browse the different shops at Mall of America.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis vacation planner .

Drive from Winona to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Chanhassen, Hastings, Candyland
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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