5 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

5 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

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5 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  1​h
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Faribault
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Austin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Winona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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night
Faribault

Faribault ©
Faribault is a city in Rice County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Village of Yesteryear, examine the collection at State School Orphanage Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at River Bend Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Jacket Trail, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, and then stroll around Reconciliation Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Faribault online trip builder .

Minneapolis to Faribault is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Faribault, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Faribault

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Mankato, Owatonna
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River Bend Nature Center ©
River Bend Nature Center
Village of Yesteryear ©
Village of Yesteryear

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Austin

Austin ©
Austin is a city in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. On the 7th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, then don't miss a visit to Hormel Historic Home, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, and finally admire the majestic nature at Myre-Big Island State Park.

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Traveling by car from Faribault to Austin takes 1.5 hours. August in Austin sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Myre-Big Island State Park
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Jay C. Hormel Nature Center ©
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
Myre-Big Island State Park ©
Myre-Big Island State Park
Hormel Historic Home ©
Hormel Historic Home

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Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Merchants Bank, then see the interesting displays at Polish Museum, then make a trip to Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sugar Loaf. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Winona County Historical Society, see the interesting displays at Winona National Bank, then make a trip to Pickwick Mill, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Forestville.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Winona trip planner .

You can drive from Austin to Winona in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Winona can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Winona

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Historic Forestville
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Winona County Historical Society ©
Winona County Historical Society
Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka ©
Historic Forestville ©
Historic Forestville