31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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

2
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Get out of town with these interesting Lake Itasca side-trips: World's Largest Muskie (in Nevis) and Bemidji (Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox & Lake Bemidji State Park).

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lake Itasca journey builder .

Watertown to Lake Itasca is an approximately 4-hour car ride. When traveling from Watertown in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lake Itasca: temperatures range from 37°F by day to 21°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bemidji, World's Largest Muskie
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Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Ely side-trips: Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama), Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella) and Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia). The adventure continues: trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, look for all kinds of wild species at North American Bear Center, and look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ely vacation website .

Getting from Lake Itasca to Ely by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°F in December, and nighttime lows around 4°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tettegouche State Park, Lake Kabetogama, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Soudan Underground Mine, Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

5
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Marais: Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, & more). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, learn about winemaking at North Shore Winery, immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, and visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in December, expect Grand Marais to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°F and 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Minnesota, Lutsen, Temperance River State Park
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest

5
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
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, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, and stroll around Leif Erikson Park.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Duluth day trip website .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Room Escape Games
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

4
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Cloud side-trips: Historic Chippewa City (in Montevideo), The Meeker County Museum at the G.A.R Hall (in Litchfield) and Fagen Fighters WWII Museum (in Granite Falls). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Clemens Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Veit Automotive Foundation Educational Museum, fly down the slopes at Powder Ridge, and learn about winemaking at Carlos Creek Winery.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saint Cloud vacation planner .

You can drive from Duluth to Saint Cloud in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°F in December, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Kimball, Alexandria, The Meeker County Museum at the G.A.R Hall, Historic Chippewa City, Thomsen's Greenhouse
Highlights from your plan
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings), Minnesota's Largest Candy Store (in Jordan) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at The Escape Game, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, stroll around Minnehaha Park, and enjoy some diversion at Target Field.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Minneapolis takes 1.5 hours. December in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 28°F and lows of 16°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rochester.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Hammerheart Brewery, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Extreme Sandbox
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

4
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rochester: Sargent's Nursery (in Red Wing), Prairie School Bank (in Owatonna) and Winona (Old Hwy 61, Garvin Heights, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at National Eagle Center, appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, make a trip to The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite, and admire the striking features of Gonda Building.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rochester trip maker app .

Getting from Minneapolis to Rochester by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Rochester, expect temperatures between 28°F during the day and 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Outdoors Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Winona, The Fremont Store, Sargent's Nursery, National Eagle Center, Prairie School Bank
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

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