32 days in Minnesota Itinerary

32 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Bemidji
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Ely
— 4 nights
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
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Duluth
— 5 nights
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Red Wing
— 2 nights
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Winona
— 5 nights
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Mankato
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Minneapolis
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Bemidji

— 3 nights
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Leech Lake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and Headwaters Science Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bemidji: Paul Bunyan State Trail (in Brainerd) and Lake Itasca (Wilderness Drive & Mississippi Headwaters). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Sculpture Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bemidji State Park, and appreciate the history behind Chief Bemidji Statute.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bemidji travel tool.

Minneapolis to Bemidji is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In February, Bemidji is little chillier than Minneapolis - with highs of 19°F and lows of -1°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Bemidji

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Ely

— 4 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and Bear Head Lake State Park. Visiting White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures and Kawishiwi Falls Trail will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: hike along Bass Lake Trail, stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, contemplate the long history of Dorothy Molter Museum, and make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ely trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bemidji to Ely in 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 18°F, and evening lows to -4°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 3 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Joe's Inland Fishing and Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Cascade River State Park and Points Unknown. When in Grand Marais, make a side trip to see Grand Portage National Monument in Grand Portage, approximately Grand Portage away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery, stop by Joynes Department Store & Ben Franklin, and enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ely in February since evenings lows in Grand Marais dip to 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Duluth

— 5 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Duluth Depot and Stoney Point. Get outdoors at Tettegouche Trail and Oberg Mountain Loop. Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay) and Two Harbors (Castle Danger Brewery, Superior Hiking Trail, &more). Fill the 13th (Sat) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Bent Paddle Brewing Company, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Vikre Distillery, look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Point.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Duluth can reach 24°F, while at night they dip to 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Red Wing.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Red Wing

— 2 nights
Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, along the upper Mississippi River. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Barn Bluff, then admire the masterpieces at Pottery Museum of Red Wing, and then examine the collection at Red Wing Shoes. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Hastings Dairy Store, then contemplate the long history of Northfield Historical Society, and then learn about winemaking at Cannon River Winery.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Red Wing trip planner.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Red Wing takes 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 27°F, and evening lows to 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Winona.

Things to do in Red Wing

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Winona

— 5 nights
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. You'll discover tucked-away gems like International Owl Center and Old Hwy 61. Let the collections at LARK Toys and Winona National Bank capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Winona: Niagara Cave (in Harmony), Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (in Preston) and Whitewater State Park (in Altura). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights City Park, examine the collection at Watkins Museum and Store, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, and take an in-depth tour of Winona County Historical Society.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Winona itinerary builder.

Getting from Red Wing to Winona by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 29°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Winona

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mankato

— 4 nights
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Discover out-of-the-way places like Minneopa State Park and Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. Get some cultural insight at Jeffers Petroglyphs and Fagen Fighters WWII Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mankato: Giant Museum (in Blue Earth) and Hormel Historic Home (in Austin). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Sibley Park Zoo, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, do a tasting at Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery, and stroll around Reconciliation Park.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mankato journey site.

You can drive from Winona to Mankato in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Mankato can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Mankato

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 5 nights

The City of Lakes

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 The Museum of Russian Art and Wild Mountain Ski, Snowboarding & Wild Chutes Snow Tubing. Visiting Lake of the Isles and Fort Snelling State Park will get you outdoors. Step out of Minneapolis with an excursion to Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of St. Mary, contemplate the long history of Minnesota State Capitol, look for gifts at Candyland, and examine the collection at The Bakken Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mankato to Minneapolis takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.