43 days in Minnesota Itinerary

43 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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43 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Minnehaha Park and Baker Park Reserve. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mall of America and Grand Avenue. Change things up with these side-trips from Minneapolis: Waconia (Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery & J. Carver Distillery), Montgomery Brewing (in Montgomery) and Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery (in Kimball). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Downtown Hastings, do a tasting at Next Chapter Winery, and take a stroll through Summit Avenue.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Minneapolis. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Waconia, Next Chapter Winery, WineHaven Winery and Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

6
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Visiting International Wolf Center and Kawishiwi Falls Trail will get you outdoors. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Palisade Head (in Beaver Bay), Giants Ridge Recreation Area (in Biwabik) and Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Soudan Underground Mine, steep yourself in history at Dorothy Molter Museum, stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, and trek along Vermilion Gorge Trail.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ely online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Minneapolis to Ely takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Minneapolis in October, things will get little chillier in Ely: highs are around 52°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Vermilion Gorge Trail, Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails, Palisade Head, Tettegouche State Park, Voyageurs National Park
Highlights from your plan
Giants Ridge Recreation Area ©
Giants Ridge Recreation Area
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

5
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get outdoors at Grand Portage State Forest and Temperance River State Park. Shop till you drop at Sivertson Gallery and Drury Lane Books. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Portage (High Falls, Grand Portage State Park, & more) and Shovel Point (in Silver Bay). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse, trek along Honeymoon Bluff, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Honeymoon Bluff Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Grand Marais, with lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lutsen, Grand Portage, Temperance River State Park, Shovel Point
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest

5
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Visiting Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Brighton Beach Park will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lakewalk and Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay) and Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Park Point, don't miss a visit to Canal Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Vikre Distillery, and see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Duluth driving holiday website .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. In November in Duluth, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Onyx Beach
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

5
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Visiting National Eagle Center and Maple Valley Golf & Country Club will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Winona: Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery (in Spring Valley), Rochester (Assisi Heights, Mayowood Mansion, & more) and Lanesboro Arts (in Lanesboro). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Garvin Heights, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Merchants Bank, and make a trip to Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Winona trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Duluth to Winona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In November in Winona, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Winona

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Rochester, The Fremont Store, National Eagle Center, St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Lanesboro Arts
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Plummer House ©
Plummer House

5
nights
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. For shopping fun, head to Domeier's German Store or Carnegie Art Center. Popular historic sites such as Wanda Gag House and Nicollet County Historical Society - Treaty Site History Center are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting New Ulm side-trips: Reconciliation Park (in Mankato), Birch Coulee Battlefield (in Morton) and Sod House on the Prairie (in Sanborn). There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Schell's, do a tasting at Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery, steep yourself in history at John Lind House, and get engrossed in the history at Fort Ridgely.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read New Ulm trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Winona to New Ulm by car takes about 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in New Ulm when traveling from Winona in November, with lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Pipestone.

Things to do in New Ulm

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Mankato, Mankato Brewery, Birch Coulee Battlefield, Indian Island Winery, Crow River Winery
Highlights from your plan
Schell's ©
Schell's
Fort Ridgely ©
Fort Ridgely
Sod House on the Prairie ©
Sod House on the Prairie

5
nights
Pipestone

Pipestone ©
Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota, United States. Visit Pipestone National Monument and Pipestone Historic District for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Round Lake Vineyards & Winery and Herried Military Museum. Explore Pipestone's surroundings by going to Currie (Lake Shetek State Park & End-O-Line Railroad Park And Museum), Wheels Across the Prairie Museum (in Tracy) and Luverne (Brandenburg Gallery - Luverne, Rock County Historical Society, & more). There's lots more to do: trek along Circle Trail, make a trip to Main Street, take in the dramatic scenery at Winnewissa Falls, and stop by Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pipestone road trip planning tool .

Drive from New Ulm to Pipestone in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Pipestone

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Luverne, Currie, Worthington, Round Lake Vineyards & Winery, Wheels Across the Prairie Museum
Highlights from your plan
Spomer Classics & Museum ©
Spomer Classics & Museum
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument
Round Lake Vineyards & Winery ©
Round Lake Vineyards & Winery

5
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carlos Creek Winery and Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Itasca State Park and Deacon's Lodge Golf Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Alexandria: World's Largest Muskie (in Nevis), St. Urho Statue (in Menahga) and Forestedge Winery (in LaPorte). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Jack Pine Brewery, stop by Thomsen's Greenhouse, and play a few rounds at The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Alexandria tour itinerary website .

Drive from Pipestone to Alexandria in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in November, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Outdoors Golf Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Legacy at Cragun's, Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Goat Ridge Brewing Company, World's Largest Muskie
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery

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