35 days in Minnesota Itinerary

35 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
2
Winona
— 4 nights
3
New Ulm
— 3 nights
4
Alexandria
— 2 nights
5
Bemidji
— 2 nights
6
Ely
— 5 nights
7
Grand Marais
— 5 nights
8
Silver Bay
— 2 nights
9
Duluth
— 7 nights

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.
For shopping fun, head to Mall of America or Minnesota's Largest Candy Store. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Museum of Russian Art and Como-Harriet Streetcar Line. Change things up with these side-trips from Minneapolis: Cannon Valley Trail (in Cannon Falls) and Red Wing Shoes (in Red Wing). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of St. Anthony Falls, stroll through Fort Snelling State Park, wander the streets of Summit Avenue, and walk around French Regional Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip builder.

Wichita to Minneapolis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wichita in June; daily highs in Minneapolis reach 79°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Winona.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Cannon Valley Trail, French Regional Park, Red Wing Shoes, Mall of America
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. Explore hidden gems such as Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Watkins Museum and Store. Get a sense of the local culture at LARK Toys and Polish Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Winona side-trips: Root River (in Lanesboro), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Niagara Cave (in Harmony). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, immerse yourself in nature at Whitewater State Park, examine the collection at Winona National Bank, and cruise along Garvin Heights City Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Winona trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Winona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Winona

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Whitewater State Park, Root River, National Eagle Center, Niagara Cave, LARK Toys
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Schell's and Jeffers Petroglyphs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Ridgely and Wanda Gag House. Explore New Ulm's surroundings by going to Sod House on the Prairie (in Sanborn), Birch Coulee Battlefield (in Morton) and Crow River Winery (in Hutchinson). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and pause for some photo ops at Hermann the German.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New Ulm trip maker tool.

Drive from Winona to New Ulm in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in New Ulm can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off 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

Jeffers Petroglyphs, Sod House on the Prairie, Birch Coulee Battlefield, Fort Ridgely, Crow River Winery
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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Runestone Museum, pause for some photo ops at Big Ole Viking Statue, then trek along Central Lakes Trail, and finally learn about winemaking at Carlos Creek Winery. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Legacy of the Lakes Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Douglas County Historical Society, and then tee off at Geneva Golf Club.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Alexandria road trip planning site.

Getting from New Ulm to Alexandria by car takes about 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Alexandria are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to 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. On the 19th (Wed), trek along Rabideau CCC camp, admire the majestic nature at Lake Bemidji State Park, then appreciate the history behind Chief Bemidji Statute, and finally pause for some photo ops at Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Peace Pipe Vista, hike along La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, then don't miss a visit to Visit Bemidji, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sculpture Walk.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bemidji trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Bemidji takes 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Alexandria in June since evenings lows in Bemidji dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Bemidji

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Soudan Underground Mine and Kawishiwi Falls Trail. Museum-lovers will appreciate Dorothy Molter Museum and North American Bear Center. Get out of town with these interesting Ely side-trips: Vermilion Falls (in Orr) and Vermilion Gorge Trail (in Crane Lake). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Bear Head Lake State Park, hike along Bass Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Brandenburg Gallery, and browse the exhibits of International Wolf Center.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ely trip planner.

You can drive from Bemidji to Ely in 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ely can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Shop till you drop at Sivertson Gallery and Gunflint Mercantile. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Portage National Monument and Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park & High Falls), Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Points Unknown (in Hovland). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, learn about winemaking at North Shore Winery, and visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse.

Before you visit Grand Marais, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in June, expect nights in Grand Marais to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 61°F. 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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Tettegouche Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Split Rock Lighthouse, admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Palisade Head.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Silver Bay travel route planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Silver Bay in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in June, you will find days in Silver Bay are a bit warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Let the collections at The Duluth Depot and Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Two Harbors Lighthouse and Stoney Point. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Castle Danger Brewery & Superior Hiking Trail), Banning State Park (in Sandstone) and Pine County History Museum (in Askov). Fill the 5th (Fri) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Park Point, stroll around Canal Park, explore the striking landscape of Congdon Park, and take an in-depth tour of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

Plan my day in Duluth using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Silver Bay to Duluth takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Silver Bay in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Duluth, with lows around 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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

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