37 days in Minnesota Itinerary

37 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota holiday planner

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Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Winona
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Winona
— 5 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 8 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ely
— 6 nights
Drive
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Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Minneapolis
— 8 nights
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Winona

— 5 nights
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: Lake Pepin (in Lake City), Forestville Mystery Cave State Park (in Preston) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Root River, explore and take pictures at Old Hwy 61, and see the interesting displays at Watkins Museum and Store.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Winona road trip planning site.

Indianapolis to Winona is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Winona is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in October; daily highs in Winona reach 60°F and lows reach 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Duluth

— 8 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Family-friendly places like Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Lake Superior Art Glass will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, Superior Hiking Trail, &more). Fill the 25th (Mon) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, examine the collection at Lake Superior Railroad Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Oberg Mountain Loop, and take a memorable drive along W Skyline Pkwy.

Discover how to plan a Duluth trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Winona to Duluth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Winona in October, you will find days in Duluth are slightly colder (55°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 6 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kids will enjoy Cascade River State Park and Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Shovel Point (in Silver Bay), Grand Portage (High Falls, Grand Portage State Park, &more) and Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse, ski along the peaceful trails at Pincushion Mountain Trail System, and head outdoors with Artists Point.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais visit planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ely

— 6 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kids will enjoy North American Bear Center and Hellacious Overlook. Go for a jaunt from Ely to Beaver Bay to see Palisade Head about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Soudan Underground Mine, stroll through International Wolf Center, explore the activities along Birch Lake, and immerse yourself in nature at Bear Head Lake State Park.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Ely route builder website.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ely, with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Itasca

— 3 nights
Step out of Lake Itasca with an excursion to Rabideau CCC camp in Blackduck--about 54 minutes away.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Itasca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ely to Lake Itasca takes 4 hours. In November in Lake Itasca, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 21°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minneapolis

— 8 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.
Family-friendly places like Minnehaha Park and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Pine Tree Apple Orchard (in White Bear Lake) and Minnesota's Largest Candy Store (in Jordan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get in on the family fun at Valleyfair, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Minneapolis online vacation planner.

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lake Itasca in November, with highs in Minneapolis at 43°F and lows at 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
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.