37 days in Minnesota Itinerary

37 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Duluth
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Bemidji
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Alexandria
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
New Ulm
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Rochester
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Minneapolis
— 8 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
End: Newark

6
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Visit Stoney Point and Two Harbors Lighthouse for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Art in the Alley and Tom's Historic Logging Camp. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay), Two Harbors (Superior Hiking Trail, Castle Danger Brewery, &more) and Greyhound Bus Museum (in Hibbing). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Park Point Nature Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hoops Brewing, examine the collection at The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Vikre Distillery.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Duluth day trip planning website.

Newark to Duluth is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to Duluth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newark in March; daily highs in Duluth reach 34°F and lows reach 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Onyx Beach, Greyhound Bus Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory ©
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Stoney Point ©
Stoney Point

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Appreciate the collections at Sivertson Gallery and Grand Portage National Monument. Explore hidden gems such as Grand Marais Lighthouse and Pincushion Mountain Trail System. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and High Falls (in Grand Portage). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at North Shore Winery, stop by Gunflint Mercantile, admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade River State Park.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais holiday maker.

Getting from Duluth to Grand Marais by car takes about 2.5 hours. March in Grand Marais sees daily highs of 33°F and lows of 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lutsen, Grand Portage, Temperance River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Sivertson Gallery ©
Sivertson Gallery

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and Piragis Northwoods Company. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia), Minnesota Discovery Center (in Chisholm) and Palisade Head (in Beaver Bay). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sheridan Street, admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Soudan Underground Mine, and trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ely trip planning tool.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ely, with lows of 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Tettegouche State Park, Iron Range Veterans Memorial, Minnesota Discovery Center, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Minnesota Discovery Center ©
Minnesota Discovery Center
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

3
nights
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Headwaters Science Center and Sculpture Walk. Visit Forest History Center and Old Central School for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Bemidji: Walker (Leech Lake & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, explore the activities along Lake Bemidji State Park, and make a trip to Chief Bemidji Statute.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bemidji journey planner.

You can drive from Ely to Bemidji in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in April, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Bemidji

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Rapids, Walker
Highlights from your plan
Headwaters Science Center ©
Headwaters Science Center
Forest History Center ©
Forest History Center
Sculpture Walk ©
Sculpture Walk

5
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Runestone Museum and Carlos Creek Winery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum and Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alexandria: Jack Pine Brewery (in Baxter), Quarry Park and Nature Preserve (in Waite Park) and Brainerd (Roundhouse Brewery, Legacy at Cragun's, &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Junkyard Brewing Company, appreciate the history behind Big Ole Viking Statue, make a trip to Otto the Big Otter, and stroll through Central Lakes Trail.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria route tool.

You can drive from Bemidji to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Alexandria can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Alexandria

Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Brainerd, Loide' Oils & Vinegars, Jack Pine Brewery, Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum ©
Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery

4
nights
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. Schell's and Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pipestone National Monument and Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from New Ulm: Alexander Ramsey Park (in Redwood Falls), Crow River Winery (in Hutchinson) and Jeffers Petroglyphs (in Comfrey). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Hermann the German and immerse yourself in nature at Flandrau State Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the New Ulm trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to New Ulm takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in New Ulm can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Rochester.

Things to do in New Ulm

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pipestone National Monument, Alexander Ramsey Park, Crow River Winery, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Jeffers Petroglyphs
Highlights from your plan
Jeffers Petroglyphs ©
Jeffers Petroglyphs
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument
Schell's
Schell's

4
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like LARK Toys and Winona County Historical Society. Museum-lovers will appreciate International Owl Center and Red Wing Shoes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rochester: Winona (Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka & Watkins Museum and Store) and Whitewater State Park (in Altura). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Assisi Heights, steep yourself in history at Plummer House, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Trail, and admire the striking features of Gonda Building.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rochester attractions planner.

You can drive from New Ulm to Rochester in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Winona, International Owl Center, Whitewater State Park, Red Wing Shoes, LARK Toys
Highlights from your plan
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys
International Owl Center ©
International Owl Center
Red Wing Shoes ©
Red Wing Shoes

8
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.
Fort Snelling National Cemetery and Minnesota State Capitol will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at The Museum of Russian Art and Weisman Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Karl Oskar and Kristina monument (in Lindstrom), Mankato (Reconciliation Park & Minneopa State Park) and Mankato Brewery (in North Mankato). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of St. Mary, stroll around French Regional Park, do a tasting at WineHaven Winery and Vineyard, and sample the tasty concoctions at Urban Growler Brewing Company.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rochester to Minneapolis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Mankato, Karl Oskar and Kristina monument, Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Russian Art ©
The Museum of Russian Art
Northfield Historical Society ©
Northfield Historical Society
Historic Fort Snelling ©
Historic Fort Snelling

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