35 days in Minnesota Itinerary

35 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip builder

©
This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

35 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Wichita
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Winona
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
New Ulm
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Alexandria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Bemidji
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Ely
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Grand Marais
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Silver Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Duluth
— 7 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Wichita

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Red Wing Shoes and Minneapolis Institute of Art. Shop till you drop at Minnesota's Largest Candy Store and Mall of America. Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Fort Snelling State Park (in Saint Paul), French Regional Park (in Plymouth) and Cannon Valley Trail (in Cannon Falls). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Summit Avenue, take in the dramatic scenery at St. Anthony Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul, and see the interesting displays at Como-Harriet Streetcar Line.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis trip website .

Wichita to Minneapolis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Wichita in June: high temperatures in Minneapolis hover around 79°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Winona.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Minnesota's Largest Candy Store, French Regional Park, Cannon Valley Trail, Red Wing Shoes
Highlights from your plan
St. Anthony Falls ©
St. Anthony Falls
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Red Wing Shoes ©
Red Wing Shoes

4
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Get a sense of the local culture at LARK Toys and Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka. Take a break from the city and head to Niagara Cave and Root River. Venture out of the city with trips to National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Whitewater State Park (in Altura). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Garvin Heights, see the interesting displays at Winona National Bank, take in the dramatic natural features at Great River Bluffs State Park, and explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Winona sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Winona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Winona sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Niagara Cave, Whitewater State Park, National Eagle Center, LARK Toys, Root River
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Cave ©
Niagara Cave
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys

3
nights
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. Jeffers Petroglyphs and Sod House on the Prairie will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Schell's and Fort Ridgely. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Ulm: Birch Coulee Battlefield (in Morton) and Crow River Winery (in Hutchinson). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, pause for some photo ops at Hermann the German, and steep yourself in history at Wanda Gag House.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New Ulm trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Winona to New Ulm in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in New Ulm

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Fort Ridgely, Jeffers Petroglyphs, Birch Coulee Battlefield, Crow River Winery, Sod House on the Prairie
Highlights from your plan
Jeffers Petroglyphs ©
Jeffers Petroglyphs
Schell's ©
Schell's
Crow River Winery ©
Crow River Winery

2
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. On the 17th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Runestone Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Big Ole Viking Statue, then hike along Central Lakes Trail, and finally do a tasting at Carlos Creek Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Legacy of the Lakes Museum, don't miss a visit to Douglas County Historical Society, and then tee off at Geneva Golf Club.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Alexandria driving holiday app .

You can drive from New Ulm to Alexandria in 3 hours. In June in Alexandria, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Alexandria

Outdoors Museums Golf
Highlights from your plan
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery
Douglas County Historical Society ©
Douglas County Historical Society

2
nights
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): hike along Rabideau CCC camp, then explore the activities along Lake Bemidji State Park, then pause for some photo ops at Chief Bemidji Statute, and finally steep yourself in history at Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Peace Pipe Vista, then identify plant and animal life at La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, then don't miss a visit to Visit Bemidji, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sculpture Walk.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bemidji trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Bemidji takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Alexandria in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bemidji, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Bemidji

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, Rabideau CCC camp, Peace Pipe Vista
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
La Salle Lake State Recreation Area ©

5
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Dorothy Molter Museum and Soudan Underground Mine. Do some cultural sightseeing at North American Bear Center and Brandenburg Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Vermilion Gorge Trail (in Crane Lake) and Vermilion Falls (in Orr). And it doesn't end there: trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, stroll through Trezona Trail, examine the collection at International Wolf Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ely trip builder app .

You can drive from Bemidji to Ely in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Soudan Underground Mine, Vermilion Gorge Trail, Vermilion Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

5
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sivertson Gallery and Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Grand Portage State Forest and Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage State Park, & more), Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Points Unknown (in Hovland). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, do a tasting at North Shore Winery, stroll through Honeymoon Bluff, and look for gifts at Gunflint Mercantile.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. When traveling from Ely in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Grand Marais: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Silver Bay

Silver Bay ©
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Shovel Point, then hike along Tettegouche Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Split Rock Lighthouse, immerse yourself in nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Palisade Head.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Silver Bay vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Grand Marais to Silver Bay in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Marais in June: highs in Silver Bay hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Palisade Head, Tettegouche State Park
Highlights from your plan
Shovel Point ©
Shovel Point
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head
Tettegouche State Park ©
Tettegouche State Park

7
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Two Harbors Lighthouse and Stoney Point. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Park Point and Superior Hiking Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Pine County History Museum (in Askov), Banning State Park (in Sandstone) and Castle Danger Brewery (in Two Harbors). Fill the 5th (Fri) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, explore the striking landscape of Congdon Park, and examine the collection at Canal Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Duluth online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Silver Bay to Duluth takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Silver Bay in July since evenings lows in Duluth dip to 59°F. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Pine County History Museum, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Banning State Park, Jay Cooke State Park
Highlights from your plan
Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Park Point ©
Park Point
Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park

Similar Plans

60 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, relaxing, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA June, teens, outdoors, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM FRANCE July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans