31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Winona
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Duluth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Bemidji
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Alexandria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Minneapolis
— 7 nights
End: Minneapolis

4
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Take a break from the city and head to Garvin Heights and Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka and St. Augustine's Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (in Preston), Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery (in Spring Valley) and LARK Toys (in Kellogg). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Watkins Museum and Store, explore the activities along Root River, steep yourself in history at Mayowood Mansion, and explore the fascinating underground world of Niagara Cave.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Winona online vacation planner .

Minneapolis to Winona is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Austin, Rochester, International Owl Center, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Root River
Highlights from your plan
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys
International Owl Center ©
International Owl Center
Winona County Historical Society ©

5
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get a sense of the local culture at Two Harbors Lighthouse and The Duluth Depot. Discover out-of-the-way places like Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Oberg Mountain Loop. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Tettegouche Trail (in Silver Bay) and Castle Danger Brewery (in Two Harbors). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, admire the natural beauty at Leif Erikson Park, and grab your bike and head to Willard Munger State Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Duluth travel route planner .

Drive from Winona to Duluth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Winona, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Duluth, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Jay Cooke State Park, Tettegouche Trail
Highlights from your plan
Park Point ©
Park Point
Oberg Mountain Loop ©
Oberg Mountain Loop
Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park

4
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Portage National Monument and Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. Get in touch with nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park and Cascade River State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder), Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park & High Falls) and Shovel Point (in Silver Bay). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, and get a taste of the local shopping with Sivertson Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Marais travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park, Shovel Point
Highlights from your plan
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Minnesota Discovery Center and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Escape the urban bustle at Tettegouche State Park and Palisade Head. Go for a jaunt from Ely to Virginia to see Mineview in the Sky about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Kawishiwi Falls Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, hike along Bass Lake Trail, and look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ely online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Grand Marais to Ely by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ely, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Soudan Underground Mine, Minnesota Discovery Center, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Palisade Head, Tettegouche State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

3
nights
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and Sculpture Walk. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Bemidji State Park and Judy Garland Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Forest History Center (in Grand Rapids), Walker (Fishing Charters & Tours & Leech Lake) and Mississippi Headwaters (in Lake Itasca). There's more to do: hike along La Salle Lake State Recreation Area.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bemidji trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ely to Bemidji takes 3.5 hours. October in Bemidji sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Bemidji

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Rapids, Walker, Mississippi Headwaters, La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Forest History Center ©
Forest History Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

3
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carlos Creek Winery and Runestone Museum. Get in touch with nature at Maplewood State Park and Legacy at Cragun's. Get out of town with these interesting Alexandria side-trips: Glendalough State Park (in Battle Lake) and Charles Lindbergh House and Museum (in Little Falls). The adventure continues: stroll through Central Lakes Trail and see the interesting displays at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Alexandria trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bemidji to Alexandria takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Alexandria are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Legacy at Cragun's, Glendalough State Park, Maplewood State Park, Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum ©
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum

7
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 outdoors at Summit Avenue and Mill Ruins Park. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica of St. Mary and Schell's. Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park (in Belle Plaine), Red Wing (Pottery Museum of Red Wing, Red Wing Shoes, & more) and Northfield Historical Society (in Northfield). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Museum of Russian Art, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Downtown Hastings, admire the landmark architecture of Minneapolis City Hall, and learn about winemaking at Crow River Winery.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis vacation planner .

Getting from Alexandria to Minneapolis by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Red Wing, Minnesota's Largest Candy Store, French Regional Park, Minneopa State Park
Highlights from your plan
Northfield Historical Society ©
Northfield Historical Society
Schell's ©
Schell's
Historic Fort Snelling ©
Historic Fort Snelling

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