31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota travel planner

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Minneapolis
— 5 nights
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Saint Cloud
— 4 nights
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Lake Itasca
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 5 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
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Ely
— 4 nights
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Rochester
— 5 nights
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Minneapolis

— 5 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.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip planner.

Philadelphia to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia to Minneapolis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Minneapolis is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Saint Cloud

— 4 nights
St. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Cloud side-trips: Loide' Oils & Vinegars (in Nisswa), Brainerd (Paul Bunyan Land & Safari North) and Little Falls (Pine Grove Zoo, Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, go for a walk through Lake George, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Beaver Island Brewing Company.

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You can drive from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saint Cloud, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Lake Itasca

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Mon), make a trip to Mississippi Headwaters, then immerse yourself in nature at Itasca State Park, and then cruise along Wilderness Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Preacher's Grove, then get to know the fascinating history of Peace Pipe Vista, then take some stellar pictures from Aiton Heights Fire Tower, and finally explore the activities along Lake Itasca.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lake Itasca trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Saint Cloud to Lake Itasca in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Duluth

— 5 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse), Soo Line 950 (in Ashland) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Bayfield). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, walk around Leif Erikson Park, and learn more about the world around you at Great Lakes Aquarium.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip planner.

Getting from Lake Itasca to Duluth by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lake Itasca in July, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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: Schroeder (Temperance River State Park & Father Baraga's Cross) and Grand Portage (High Falls, Grand Portage National Monument, &more). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, stop by Gunflint Mercantile, and view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Marais road trip planning site.

Drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Duluth in July, with highs in Grand Marais at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Ely

— 4 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella), Virginia (Iron Range Veterans Memorial & Olcott Park) and Giants Ridge Recreation Area (in Biwabik). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at North American Bear Center, and trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

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Getting from Grand Marais to Ely by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Grand Marais, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ely, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Rochester.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rochester

— 5 nights
Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to La Crosse (Grandad Bluff, Riverside Park, &more), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Winona (Old Hwy 61, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Buena Vista Park, pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, contemplate the long history of Plummer House, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rochester route builder app.

You can fly from Ely to Rochester in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ely in July since evenings lows in Rochester dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.