50 days in Minnesota Itinerary

50 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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50 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  1​h
1
Buffalo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fergus Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Lake Itasca
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
McGregor
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Duluth
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Grand Marais
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Taylors Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Winona
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Hastings
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: Minneapolis

4
nights
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
Buffalo is a city, located 42 miles northwest of Minneapolis in Wright County, Minnesota. Escape the urban bustle at Baker Park Reserve and Blue Hill Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery and Crow River Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Buffalo: The Meeker County Historical Society Museum & G.A.R. Hall (in Litchfield), Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (in Zimmerman) and Waconia (Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery, Parley Lake Winery, & more). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Lupine Brewing Company, relax in the rural setting at Luceline Orchard, do a tasting at Buffalo Rock Winery, and play a few rounds at Baker National Golf Course.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Buffalo day trip planning tool .

Minneapolis to Buffalo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In May, daytime highs in Buffalo are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fergus Falls.

Things to do in Buffalo

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Waconia, Zimmerman, Lupulin Brewing, Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery, Crow River Winery
Highlights from your plan
Baker National Golf Course ©
Baker National Golf Course
Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery ©
Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge ©

4
nights
Fergus Falls

Fergus Falls ©
Fergus Falls is a city in and the county seat of Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Thumper Pond Golf Course and Maplewood State Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fort Abercrombie and Prospect House & Civil War Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fergus Falls: Historic Chippewa City (in Montevideo), Glacial Lakes State Park (in Starbuck) and Glendalough State Park (in Battle Lake). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center and don't miss a visit to Bagg Bonanza Farm.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fergus Falls road trip planning website .

Drive from Buffalo to Fergus Falls in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Fergus Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Battle Lake, Fort Abercrombie, Thumper Pond Golf Course, Maplewood State Park, Historic Chippewa City
Highlights from your plan
Glacial Lakes State Park ©
Glacial Lakes State Park
Fort Abercrombie ©
Fort Abercrombie
Thumper Pond Golf Course ©
Thumper Pond Golf Course

5
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Take a break from the city and head to Itasca State Park and Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. Venture out of the city with trips to Forestedge Winery (in LaPorte), Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge (in Rochert) and Chippewa National Forest (in Cass Lake).

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Itasca driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Fergus Falls to Lake Itasca in 2.5 hours. May in Lake Itasca sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F at night. You'll set off for McGregor on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
McGregor

McGregor
McGregor is a city in Aitkin County, Minnesota, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Rice Lake National Refuge and Savanna Portage State Park. Aitkin County Historical Society and Soo Line Depot Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the McGregor online travel planner .

Getting from Lake Itasca to McGregor by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in McGregor are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. On the 7th (Fri), you'll travel to Duluth.

Things to do in McGregor

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Soo Line Depot Museum, Aitkin County Historical Society

6
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lakewalk and Tweed Museum of Art. Step out of the city life by going to Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area. Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Houghton Falls Nature Preserve (in Washburn), Caribou River (in Beaver Bay) and Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, learn about all things military at Heritage Museum, and stroll through Brighton Beach Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Duluth online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from McGregor to Duluth takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from McGregor in June, you will find days in Duluth are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Heritage Museum, Soudan Underground Mine, Houghton Falls Nature Preserve, Caribou River, Ice Caves
Highlights from your plan
Park Point ©
Park Point
Lakewalk ©
Lakewalk
Houghton Falls Nature Preserve ©
Houghton Falls Nature Preserve

5
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get outdoors at Porcupine Mountains State Park and Temperance River State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Marais: Points Unknown (in Hovland), Lake of the Clouds (in Ontonagon) and High Falls (in Grand Portage). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, do a tasting at North Shore Winery, trek along Honeymoon Bluff, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Marais online road trip planner .

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 44°F in Grand Marais. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Taylors Falls.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ontonagon, Lutsen, Schroeder, Points Unknown, High Falls
Highlights from your plan
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park

4
nights
Taylors Falls

Taylors Falls ©
Taylors Falls is a city in Chisago County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of U.S. Get in touch with nature at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and Fawn Doe Rosa Wildlife Educational Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wild Mountain Winery and Barron County Historical Society Pioneer Village Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Taylors Falls side-trips: 45th Parallel Spirits (in New Richmond), Perlick Distillery (in Sarona) and Washburn County Historical Museum (in Shell Lake). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at WineHaven Winery and Vineyard, examine the collection at Gammelgarden Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Oliphant Brewing, and admire the sheer force of Cascade Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Taylors Falls trip planner.

Getting from Grand Marais to Taylors Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Marais in June, with highs in Taylors Falls at 77°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Taylors Falls

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Saint Croix Falls, Oliphant Brewing, WineHaven Winery and Vineyard, 45th Parallel Spirits, Barron County Historical Society Pioneer Village Museum
Highlights from your plan
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area ©
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
Fawn Doe Rosa Wildlife Educational Park ©
WineHaven Winery and Vineyard ©
WineHaven Winery and Vineyard

11
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Do some cultural sightseeing at Minnesota Marine Art Museum and Branches Winery. Get outdoors at National Eagle Center and Whitewater State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Winona: Houston (Root River State Trail & Houston Nature Center), Elroy-Sparta State Trail (in Elroy) and Genoa National Fish Hatchery (in Genoa). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, learn about winemaking at Autumn Harvest Winery & Orchard, cruise along Garvin Heights, and admire the majestic nature at Perrot State Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Winona trip maker app .

Drive from Taylors Falls to Winona in 3 hours. In June in Winona, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Hastings.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Alma, Chippewa Falls, Trempealeau, Menomonie, Houston
Highlights from your plan
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company ©
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

6
nights
Hastings

Hastings ©
Hastings is a city in Dakota and Washington counties, in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Spring Lake Park Reserve and Troy Burne Golf Club. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Flower Valley Vineyard and 65 Vines Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Red Wing (Sorin's Bluff & Lake Pepin), River Bend Nature Center (in Faribault) and Frontenac State Park (in Frontenac). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Extreme Sandbox, explore the fascinating underground world of Crystal Cave, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Downtown, and experience rural life at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hastings trip planner.

Traveling by car from Winona to Hastings takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Red Wing, Hudson, River Bend Nature Center, 65 Vines Winery, Frontenac State Park
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cave ©
Crystal Cave
River Bend Nature Center ©
River Bend Nature Center

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