49 days in Minnesota & Indianapolis Itinerary

49 days in Minnesota & Indianapolis Itinerary

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49 days in Minnesota & Indianapolis Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint Cloud
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Alexandria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Grand Marais
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Duluth
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Rochester
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h
9
Indianapolis
— 11 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, and get your game on at The Escape Game.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Minneapolis is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Minneapolis is minus 16 hours. In September, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Extreme Sandbox, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

4
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Cloud: Jackpot Junction Casino (in Morton), Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (in Ironton) and Alexander Ramsey Park (in Redwood Falls). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, learn about winemaking at Crow River Winery, walk around Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint Cloud trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Saint Cloud. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Wineries Casinos

Side Trips

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, Alexander Ramsey Park, Minnesota Twine Ball, Safari North, Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Alexander Ramsey Park ©
Alexander Ramsey Park

4
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: Legacy at Cragun's (in Brainerd), Otto the Big Otter (in Fergus Falls) and Fargo (Red River Zoo, Bonanzaville USA, & more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Runestone Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Copper Trail Brewing Co, appreciate the history behind Big Ole Viking Statue, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Lakes Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip planner .

Drive from Saint Cloud to Alexandria in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Alexandria are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fargo, Otto the Big Otter, Legacy at Cragun's
Highlights from your plan
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery
Legacy of the Lakes Museum ©
Legacy of the Lakes Museum

3
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Paul Bunyan State Trail (in Brainerd), Bemidji (Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox & Lake Bemidji State Park) and Walker (Fishing Charters & Tours & Leech Lake).

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lake Itasca trip maker .

You can drive from Alexandria to Lake Itasca in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Walker, Bemidji, Paul Bunyan State Trail
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama), Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park) and Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, and get outside with Canadian Border Outfitters.

Before you visit Ely, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Ely in 4 hours. In October in Ely, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Kabetogama, Soudan Underground Mine, Birch Lake, Tettegouche State Park, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
Canadian Border Outfitters ©
Canadian Border Outfitters
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

5
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, & more), Schroeder (Temperance River State Park & Father Baraga's Cross) and Shovel Point (in Silver Bay). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, get outside with Points Unknown, get a taste of the local shopping with Sivertson Gallery, and immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Marais journey planner.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Grand Marais, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Schroeder, Points Unknown, Devil's Kettle, Shovel Point
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument

5
nights
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Go for a jaunt from Duluth to Two Harbors to see Gooseberry Falls State Park about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Duluth can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Gooseberry Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

4
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rochester: National Eagle Center (in Wabasha), La Crosse (Riverside Park & Grandad Bluff) and Winona (Minnesota Marine Art Museum & Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, contemplate the long history of Plummer House, deepen your understanding at Quarry Hill Nature Center, and look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rochester tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Duluth to Rochester takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

La Crosse, Winona, National Eagle Center
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Grandad Bluff ©
Grandad Bluff

11
nights
Indianapolis

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Explore Indianapolis' surroundings by going to Cincinnati (Smale Riverfront Park, JACK Cincinnati Casino, & more), Colgate Clock (in Clarksville) and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory (in Louisville). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, observe the fascinating underwater world at Newport Aquarium, examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Indianapolis driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Rochester to Indianapolis takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, Indianapolis is a bit warmer than Rochester - with highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cincinnati, Dayton, Zionsville, Terre Haute, Colgate Clock
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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