31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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

3
nights
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Pipestone National Monument and Schell's. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jeffers Petroglyphs and Ingalls' Homestead. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Ulm: Room Escape Games (in Mankato), Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum (in Walnut Grove) and Green Giant Statue Park (in Blue Earth). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Minneopa State Park and pause for some photo ops at Hermann the German.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our New Ulm road trip app .

New Orleans to New Ulm is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from New Orleans in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in New Ulm, with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Winona.

Things to do in New Ulm

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Walnut Grove, Mankato, Green Giant Statue Park, Jeffers Petroglyphs, Pipestone National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument
Jeffers Petroglyphs ©
Jeffers Petroglyphs
Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park

4
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Step off the beaten path and head to Niagara Cave and Garvin Heights. Get in touch with nature at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park and Whitewater State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Winona: Rochester (Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, Plummer House, & more), Root River (in Lanesboro) and Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery (in Spring Valley). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Winona trip builder website .

You can drive from New Ulm to Winona in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Winona can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Rochester, Whitewater State Park, Root River, Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Cave ©
Niagara Cave
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park ©
Plummer House ©
Plummer House

6
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Visit Two Harbors Lighthouse and Stoney Point for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Leif Erikson Park and Park Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, Superior Hiking Trail, & more), Savanna Portage State Park (in McGregor) and Tettegouche Trail (in Silver Bay). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of W Skyline Pkwy, grab your bike and head to Willard Munger State Trail, view the masterpieces at Art in the Alley, and admire the majestic nature at Jay Cooke State Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Winona to Duluth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Winona in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Duluth: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Jay Cooke State Park, Tettegouche Trail, Savanna Portage State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory ©
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park ©
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

4
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Judge C.R. Magney State Park and Grand Portage State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Portage National Monument and Temperance River State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Shovel Point (in Silver Bay) and High Falls (in Grand Portage). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, take an in-depth tour of Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery, and enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse.

Plan a Grand Marais trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth in July, things will get slightly colder in Grand Marais: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Temperance River State Park, Cascade 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. Escape the urban bustle at Tettegouche State Park and Kawishiwi Falls Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Soudan Underground Mine and Palisade Head. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Voyageurs National Park (Locator Lake Trail & Rainy Lake). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park, hike along Bass Lake Trail, make a trip to Sheridan Street, and look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ely itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Ely takes 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in July, you will find days in Ely are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Voyageurs National Park, Soudan Underground Mine, Tettegouche State Park, Palisade Head
Highlights from your plan
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head

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 Forest History Center. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Bemidji State Park and Leech Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Bemidji side-trips: Judy Garland Museum (in Grand Rapids), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Walker) and Mississippi Headwaters (in Lake Itasca). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Sculpture Walk and stroll around La Salle Lake State Recreation Area.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bemidji trip planner .

Getting from Ely to Bemidji by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Bemidji

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Rapids, Walker, La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, Mississippi Headwaters
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Forest History Center ©
Forest History Center

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilica of St. Mary and Interstate State Park. Visit Historic Fort Snelling and Fort Snelling State Park for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Red Wing (Barn Bluff & Red Wing Shoes), Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (in Waite Park) and Charles Lindbergh House and Museum (in Little Falls). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at St. Anthony Falls, wander the streets of Summit Avenue, admire the striking features of Minneapolis City Hall, and stroll through Cannon Valley Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bemidji to Minneapolis. In July, Minneapolis is a bit warmer than Bemidji - with highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Red Wing, Room Escape Games, Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
St. Anthony Falls ©
St. Anthony Falls
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve ©
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
Northfield Historical Society ©
Northfield Historical Society

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