31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rochester
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Saint Cloud
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Duluth
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  27​h
End: Bangkok

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen) and Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings). There's much more to do: get your game on at The Escape Game, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip itinerary tool .

Bangkok, Thailand to Minneapolis is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Bangkok to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in October, expect Minneapolis to be cooler, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Extreme Sandbox, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Target Field ©
Target Field

4
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to Red Wing (Lake Pepin & Barn Bluff), Winona (Garvin Heights & Minnesota Marine Art Museum) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, make a trip to Gonda Building, stroll through Cannon Valley Trail, and walk around Mineral Springs Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rochester online route planner .

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Rochester takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Red Wing, Winona, National Eagle Center, Mineral Springs Park, River Bend Nature Center
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

4
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Cloud: Blue Hill Trail (in Zimmerman), Alexander Ramsey Park (in Redwood Falls) and Alexandria (Runestone Museum & Carlos Creek Winery). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bad Habit Brewing Company, and identify plant and animal life at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Cloud day trip planning site .

You can drive from Rochester to Saint Cloud in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Saint Cloud can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, Blue Hill Trail, Alexander Ramsey Park
Highlights from your plan
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Alexander Ramsey Park ©
Alexander Ramsey Park

3
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Get out of town with these interesting Lake Itasca side-trips: St. Urho Statue (in Menahga), Shady Hollow Flea Market (in Detroit Lakes) and Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (in Bemidji).

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Itasca tour site .

Drive from Saint Cloud to Lake Itasca in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bluestem Prairie Preserve, Shady Hollow Flea Market, Maple Wood Park, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, Glendalough State Park
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Glendalough State Park ©
Glendalough State Park
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia), Palisade Head (in Beaver Bay) and Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, examine the collection at International Wolf Center, look for all kinds of wild species at North American Bear Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Birch Lake.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ely trip planner .

Getting from Lake Itasca to Ely by car takes about 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ely can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) 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, Iron Range Veterans Memorial, Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails, Soudan Underground Mine, Birch Lake
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Tettegouche State Park ©
Tettegouche State Park

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: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, stop by Joynes Department Store & Ben Franklin, get engrossed in the history at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, and view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Grand Marais attractions planner.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Grand Marais, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, 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

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, make a trip to Enger Park, examine the collection at Lake Superior Railroad Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Leif Erikson Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Duluth trip maker .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

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

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