32 days in Minnesota Itinerary

32 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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32 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  26​h
1
Minneapolis
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Duluth
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Winona
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Red Wing
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Nairobi

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.
Step out of Minneapolis to go to Chanhassen and see Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Minnesota, have fun at Target Field, and find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis itinerary planner.

Nairobi, Kenya to Minneapolis is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Nairobi to Minneapolis. In December, Minneapolis is much colder than Nairobi - with highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Room Escape Games
Target Field ©
Target Field

7
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, & more). There's still lots to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, explore and take pictures at Duluth Huskies at Wade Stadium, examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Center, and admire the majestic nature at Jay Cooke State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Duluth trip generator.

Getting from Minneapolis to Duluth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January in Duluth, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Jay Cooke State Park
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park

4
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Lutsen Mountains (in Lutsen) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park & Grand Portage National Monument). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, look for gifts at Gunflint Mercantile, take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, and take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. January in Grand Marais sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Lutsen
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Ely is known for museums, trails, outdoors, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, make a trip to Sheridan Street, examine the collection at North American Bear Center, and explore the galleries of Dorothy Molter Museum.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Ely travel planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Ely takes 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in January, things will get a bit cooler in Ely: highs are around -9°C and lows about -22°C. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center

5
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Winona: La Crosse (Grandad Bluff & Riverside Park), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company (in Chippewa Falls). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, see the interesting displays at Watkins Museum and Store, and take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Winona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ely to Winona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ely in January; daily highs in Winona reach -3°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Red Wing.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

La Crosse, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, National Eagle Center, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Niagara Cave
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Grandad Bluff ©
Grandad Bluff

4
nights
Red Wing

Red Wing ©
Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, along the upper Mississippi River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Red Wing: Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota (in Hastings), Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo (in Byron) and Rochester (Quarry Hill Nature Center & Plummer House). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Barn Bluff, admire the natural beauty at Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College, look for gifts at Uffda Shop, and admire the majestic nature at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Red Wing itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Winona to Red Wing takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -15°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Red Wing

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rochester, Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College, Extreme Sandbox, Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Extreme Sandbox ©
Extreme Sandbox
Quarry Hill Nature Center ©
Quarry Hill Nature Center
Barn Bluff ©
Barn Bluff

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