31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Alexandria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Duluth
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Winona
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
New Ulm
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Carlos Creek Winery and Charles Lindbergh House and Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Runestone Museum and Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Otto the Big Otter (in Fergus Falls), Maplewood State Park (in Pelican Rapids) and Glendalough State Park (in Battle Lake). There's more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Jack Pine Brewery and examine the collection at Minnesota Military Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria itinerary site .

Minneapolis to Alexandria is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Little Falls, Maplewood State Park, Glendalough State Park, Otto the Big Otter, Jack Pine Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum ©
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum

3
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Lake Bemidji State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Forest History Center and Leech Lake. Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Chisholm (Minnesota Discovery Center & Iron Man Statue) and Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (in Bemidji). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Judy Garland Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids route maker .

You can drive from Alexandria to Grand Rapids in 3.5 hours. October in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Walker, Bemidji, Chisholm
Highlights from your plan
Forest History Center ©
Forest History Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Minnesota Discovery Center ©
Minnesota Discovery Center

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Soudan Underground Mine and Palisade Head. Visiting Kawishiwi Falls Trail and Tettegouche State Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Ely side-trips: Fortune Bay Resort Casino (in Tower), Vermilion Gorge Trail (in Crane Lake) and Rainy Lake (in Voyageurs National Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Bear Head Lake State Park, look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company, hike along Bass Lake Trail, and don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ely trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Ely in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tower, Palisade Head, Soudan Underground Mine, Vermilion Gorge Trail, Rainy Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head

4
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. You'll explore and learn at Grand Portage National Monument and Sivertson Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Judge C.R. Magney State Park and Grand Portage State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder), High Falls (in Grand Portage) and Shovel Point (in Silver Bay). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, take an in-depth tour of Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in October, Grand Marais is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Escape the urban bustle at Park Point and Jay Cooke State Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Lake Superior Railroad Museum and Two Harbors Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Tettegouche Trail (in Silver Bay) and Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Duluth Depot, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, identify plant and animal life at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and walk around Canal Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Duluth vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Winona.

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
Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory ©
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

4
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Do some cultural sightseeing at Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Plummer House. You'll explore and learn at LARK Toys and Watkins Museum and Store. Change things up with these side-trips from Winona: National Eagle Center (in Wabasha), Rochester (Mayowood Mansion & Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial) and Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery (in Spring Valley). There's much more to do: cruise along Garvin Heights, make a trip to Hormel Historic Home, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, and Head underground at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Winona tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Duluth to Winona by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In October, daytime highs in Winona are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Rochester, Austin, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, LARK Toys
Highlights from your plan
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center ©
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park ©

3
nights
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Schell's and Minneopa State Park. You'll explore and learn at Fagen Fighters WWII Museum and Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from New Ulm: Ingalls' Homestead (in Walnut Grove), Jeffers Petroglyphs (in Comfrey) and Crow River Winery (in Hutchinson). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fort Ridgely and appreciate the history behind Hermann the German.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New Ulm road trip app .

Drive from Winona to New Ulm in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in New Ulm are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in New Ulm

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Walnut Grove, Fort Ridgely, Crow River Winery, Jeffers Petroglyphs, Minneopa State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum ©
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
Jeffers Petroglyphs ©
Jeffers Petroglyphs
Schell's ©
Schell's

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Museum of Russian Art and Red Wing Shoes. Escape the urban bustle at Summit Avenue and Interstate State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: Red Wing (Barn Bluff & Pottery Museum of Red Wing) and Northfield Historical Society (in Northfield). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of St. Mary, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and contemplate the long history of Historic Fort Snelling.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis travel route planner .

Traveling by car from New Ulm to Minneapolis takes 2 hours. In October in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Red Wing, Saint Paul, Northfield Historical Society, Westwood Hills Nature Reserve, Interstate State Park
Highlights from your plan
Northfield Historical Society ©
Northfield Historical Society
Historic Fort Snelling ©
Historic Fort Snelling
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue

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