48 days in Minnesota Itinerary

48 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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48 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint Cloud
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Alexandria
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Ely
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Grand Marais
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Duluth
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Rochester
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: Hastings (Extreme Sandbox & Hastings Dairy Store) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Target Field, explore and take pictures at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, get your game on at The Escape Game, and get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis tour itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Minneapolis. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Hastings, Valleyfair, Minnesota Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game

6
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Venture out of the city with trips to Veit Automotive Foundation Educational Museum (in Buffalo), Little Falls (Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery & Minnesota Military Museum) and Blue Hill Trail (in Zimmerman). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, grab your bike and head to Root River Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, and walk around Croft Mine Historical Park.

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Getting from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saint Cloud, with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alexandria.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Minnesota, Saint Joseph, Little Falls, The Meeker County Museum at the G.A.R Hall, Croft Mine Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Croft Mine Historical Park ©
Croft Mine Historical Park

6
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alexandria: World's Largest Muskie (in Nevis), Wildwedge Golf, Mini Golf and Maze (in Pequot Lakes) and Walker (Fishing Charters & Tours, Heartland State Trail, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Runestone Museum, explore the striking landscape at Inspiration Peak, look for all kinds of wild species at Bluestem Prairie Preserve, and learn about winemaking at Carlos Creek Winery.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip builder website .

You can drive from Saint Cloud to Alexandria in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Alexandria can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Walker, Brainerd, Wildwedge Golf, Mini Golf and Maze, Loide' Oils & Vinegars, Inspiration Peak
Highlights from your plan
Inspiration Peak ©
Inspiration Peak
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (in Erskine) and Chippewa National Forest (in Cass Lake).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lake Itasca day trip tool .

You can drive from Alexandria to Lake Itasca in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lake Itasca are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chippewa National Forest, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Lake Itasca ©
Lake Itasca
Chippewa National Forest ©
Chippewa National Forest

6
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Ely side-trips: Cook's Country Connection (in Cook), Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia) and Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, stroll through Onyx Beach, see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, and head outdoors with Canadian Border Outfitters.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ely trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Ely in 4 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lake Itasca in August: high temperatures in Ely hover around 73°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tettegouche State Park, Hellacious Overlook, Birch Lake, Soudan Underground Mine, Crane Lake
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

6
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Points Unknown (in Hovland), Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage National Monument, & more) and North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, trek along Cascade River State Park, and head outdoors with Artists Point.

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Drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Minnesota, Temperance River State Park, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, 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

7
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, & more). There's still lots to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, walk around Enger Park and Tower, examine the collection at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, and get advice or help at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Duluth trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Jay Cooke State Park
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge
Canal Park ©
Canal Park

6
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rochester: Root River (in Lanesboro), Winona (Garvin Heights, Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, & more) and Red Wing (Barn Bluff, Red Wing Shoes, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center, see the interesting displays at LARK Toys, Head underground at Niagara Cave, and gain insight at Quarry Hill Nature Center.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rochester trip app .

Drive from Duluth to Rochester in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Winona, Red Wing, LARK Toys, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Root River
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

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