31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brainerd
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Saint Cloud
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Mankato
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Rochester
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Minneapolis
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Duluth
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Ely
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Brainerd

3
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Crosslake Historic Village and Northern Trackers Railroad Club. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Cloud: Casey’s Amusement Park (in Alexandria), Soo Line Depot Museum (in Crosby) and Hemker Park and Zoo (in Freeport). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Prospect House & Civil War Museum, see the interesting displays at Otter Tail County Museum, look for gifts at Thomsen's Greenhouse, and take in nature's colorful creations at Clemens Gardens.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Cloud online tour itinerary planner.

Brainerd to Saint Cloud is an approximately 1.5- hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in January, and nighttime lows around 4°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Crosslake, Otter Tail County Museum, Casey’s Amusement Park, Thomsen's Greenhouse, Soo Line Depot Museum
Highlights from your plan
Northern Trackers Railroad Club ©
Northern Trackers Railroad Club
Hemker Park and Zoo ©
Hemker Park and Zoo
Casey’s Amusement Park ©
Casey’s Amusement Park

5
nights
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota and Sibley Park Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mankato: Next Chapter Winery (in New Prague), Spomer Classics & Museum (in Worthington) and Round Lake Vineyards & Winery (in Round Lake). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Drive A Tank, admire the majestic nature at Minneopa State Park, examine the collection at The R. D. Hubbard House, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Montgomery Brewing.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mankato online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Saint Cloud to Mankato in 2.5 hours. In January in Mankato, expect temperatures between 24°F during the day and 8°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Mankato

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Montgomery Brewing, Jeffers Petroglyphs, Next Chapter Winery, Spomer Classics & Museum, Drive A Tank
Highlights from your plan
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota ©
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
Sibley Park Zoo ©
Sibley Park Zoo
Drive A Tank ©
Drive A Tank

5
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Quarry Hill Nature Center and LARK Toys. Change things up with these side-trips from Rochester: Owatonna (Owatonna Arts Center & Prairie School Bank), Winona (Garvin Heights City Park, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Gonda Building, steep yourself in history at Mayowood Mansion, pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Rochester trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mankato to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. January in Rochester sees daily highs of 23°F and lows of 9°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Winona, Owatonna, Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, LARK Toys, The Fremont Store
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo ©
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys

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.
Kids will enjoy Nickelodeon Universe and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Take a break from Minneapolis with a short trip to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, get to know the resident critters at Minnesota Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis day trip app.

You can drive from Rochester to Minneapolis in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°F in January, and nighttime lows around 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Minnesota Zoo, Game Show Battle Rooms, Candyland
Highlights from your plan
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
SEA LIFE at Mall of America ©
SEA LIFE at Mall of America

6
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kids will enjoy Spirit Mountain and Park Point. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Children's Discovery Museum (in Grand Rapids) and Two Harbors (Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, Gooseberry Falls State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, examine the collection at Tweed Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Great Lakes Aquarium, and make a trip to Enger Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Duluth online trip planner.

Getting from Minneapolis to Duluth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January in Duluth, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 7°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Children's Discovery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive
Great Lakes Aquarium ©
Great Lakes Aquarium
Spirit Mountain ©
Spirit Mountain

5
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lutsen Mountains Ski & Summer Resort and Cook's Country Connection. Get out of town with these interesting Ely side-trips: Giants Ridge Recreation Area (in Biwabik), Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia) and Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella). And it doesn't end there: trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, engage your brain at North American Bear Center, don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine.

Make your Ely itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Duluth in January, things will get little chillier in Ely: highs are around 16°F and lows about -4°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Giants Ridge Recreation Area, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Carlton Peak, Iron Range Veterans Memorial, Cook's Country Connection
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
Cook's Country Connection ©
Cook's Country Connection

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