41 days in Minnesota Itinerary

41 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Duluth
— 7 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
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Ely
— 6 nights
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Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
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Nisswa
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
— 9 nights
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Rochester
— 7 nights
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Duluth

— 7 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, &more) and Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, walk around Canal Park, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Duluth planning website.

New York City to Duluth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Duluth due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Duluth reach 55°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 5 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Marais: Schroeder (Temperance River State Park & Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, High Falls, &more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, ski along the peaceful trails at Pincushion Mountain Trail System, and take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais day trip planning app.

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ely

— 6 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Ely side-trips: Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum (in Tower), Palisade Head (in Beaver Bay) and Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, engage your brain at North American Bear Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park, and take a tour by water with Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ely tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Ely takes 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Grand Marais in October since evenings lows in Ely dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Lake Itasca

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Lake Itasca side-trips: Forestedge Winery (in LaPorte) and Rabideau CCC camp (in Blackduck).

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Itasca tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Ely to Lake Itasca in 4 hours. In October in Lake Itasca, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nisswa.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nisswa

— 3 nights
Nisswa is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nisswa: Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (in Little Falls), Rice Lake National Refuge (in McGregor) and Aitkin County Historical Society (in Aitkin). There's much more to do: push the limits with Brainerd Zip Line Tour, explore the activities along Mississippi River, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Jack Pine Brewery, and play a few rounds at The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nisswa itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Lake Itasca to Nisswa takes 2 hours. In October in Nisswa, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Nisswa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 9 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen), Teddy Bear Park (in Stillwater) and Pine Tree Apple Orchard (in White Bear Lake). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, push the limits with Kerfoot Canopy Tour, get engrossed in the history at Mill City Museum, and stroll around Minnehaha Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis journey planner.

Drive from Nisswa to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rochester

— 7 nights
Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rochester: Lake Pepin (in Lake City), Winona (Old Hwy 61, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more) and Red Wing (Red Wing Shoes, Barn Bluff, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through National Eagle Center, don't miss a visit to Gonda Building, contemplate the waterfront views at Silver Lake, and deepen your understanding at Quarry Hill Nature Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rochester online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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.