51 days in Minnesota Itinerary

51 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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51 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Duluth
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Grand Marais
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Ely
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Saint Cloud
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Alexandria
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Mankato
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen) and Hastings (Hastings Dairy Store & Extreme Sandbox). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get curious at Science Museum of Minnesota, browse the different shops at Mall of America, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE at Mall of America.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis online holiday builder .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Minneapolis. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Hastings, Game Show Battle Rooms, Candyland
Highlights from your plan
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

8
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls State Park, &more), Banning State Park (in Sandstone) and Pine County History Museum (in Askov). There's lots more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, examine the collection at Lake Superior Railroad Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, and snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Duluth fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Duluth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Minneapolis in March: highs in Duluth hover around 34°F, while lows dip to 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte), Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (High Falls & Grand Portage State Park). There's much more to do: glide through natural beauty at Pincushion Mountain Trail System, stroll through Cascade River State Park, get outside with Artists Point, and explore the activities along Poplar Lake.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 33°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Minnesota, Lutsen, Grand Portage, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, Temperance River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Pincushion Mountain Trail System ©
Pincushion Mountain Trail System
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park

6
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Ely: Vermilion Falls (in Orr), Voyageurs National Park (Crane Lake & Rainy Lake) and Virginia (Iron Range Veterans Memorial & Olcott Park). And it doesn't end there: trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, explore the activities along Lake Kabetogama, head outdoors with Canadian Border Outfitters, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Soudan Underground Mine.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ely trip simple and quick.

Drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Grand Marais in March since evenings lows in Ely dip to 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Voyageurs National Park, Virginia, Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails, Soudan Underground Mine, Lake Kabetogama
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Listening Point ©
Listening Point

6
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Cloud: Nisswa (Loide' Oils & Vinegars, The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge, &more), Veit Automotive Foundation Educational Museum (in Buffalo) and Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum (in Dassel). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Clemens Gardens, examine the collection at Crosslake Historic Village, hit the slopes at Powder Ridge, and learn about winemaking at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saint Cloud trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Ely to Saint Cloud in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Ely in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Saint Cloud: highs are around 51°F and lows about 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Alexandria.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Nisswa, Minnesota, Kimball, Bad Habit Brewing Company, Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum
Highlights from your plan
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Powder Ridge ©
Powder Ridge

6
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Get out of town with these interesting Alexandria side-trips: Monson Lake State Park (in Sunburg), St. Urho Statue (in Menahga) and Lake Itasca (Itasca State Park, Wilderness Drive, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Historic Chippewa City, see the interesting displays at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, don't miss a visit to Douglas County Historical Society, and trek along Heartland State Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Alexandria day trip app .

Drive from Saint Cloud to Alexandria in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in April, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Itasca, Walker, World's Largest Muskie, Historic Chippewa City, Deep Portage Conservation Reserve and Learning Center
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum ©
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

6
nights
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Change things up with these side-trips from Mankato: Fort Ridgely (in Fairfax), New Ulm (Wanda Gag House, Hermann the German, &more) and Sod House on the Prairie (in Sanborn). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Betsy & Tacy's House Tours & Gift Shop, get in on the family fun at Drive A Tank, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, and do a tasting at Next Chapter Winery.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mankato visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Mankato takes 3.5 hours. April in Mankato sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Mankato

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Ulm, Faribault, Next Chapter Winery, Plum Creek, Drive A Tank
Highlights from your plan
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota ©
Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park
The R. D. Hubbard House ©
The R. D. Hubbard House

6
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rochester: Winona (Winona County Historical Society, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more), The Fremont Store (in Lewiston) and Barn Bluff (in Red Wing). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at National Eagle Center, make a trip to Gonda Building, stop by Chocolate Shoppe, and see the interesting displays at LARK Toys.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rochester journey builder app .

Traveling by car from Mankato to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. In April in Rochester, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Winona, Houston, The Fremont Store, Barn Bluff, LARK Toys
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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