53 days in Minnesota Itinerary

53 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Minneapolis
— 10 nights
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Rochester
— 6 nights
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Mankato
— 6 nights
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Alexandria
— 6 nights
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Saint Cloud
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 7 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
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Ely
— 7 nights
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Minneapolis

The City of Lakes

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Escape MSP - Lakeville (in Lakeville), Sand Creek Adventures (in Jordan) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, admire the natural beauty at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, browse the different shops at Mall of America, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis online trip maker.

Philadelphia to Minneapolis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Philadelphia to Minneapolis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in December, you will find days in Minneapolis are much colder (28°F), and nights are a bit cooler (16°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rochester.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

6
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Rochester

Rochester is a city in the U.S. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to LARK Toys (in Kellogg), Winona (Old Hwy 61, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). And it doesn't end there: deepen your understanding at Quarry Hill Nature Center, get to know the resident critters at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, indulge your thirst for a good beer at LTS Brewing Company, and pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Rochester trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Rochester takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Rochester sees daily highs of 23°F and lows of 9°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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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: Cabela's (in Owatonna), Montgomery Brewing (in Montgomery) and Green Giant Statue Park (in Blue Earth). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Sibley Park Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Betsy & Tacy's House Tours & Gift Shop, fly down the slopes at Mount Kato Ski Area, and explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mankato itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rochester to Mankato in 1.5 hours. January in Mankato sees daily highs of 24°F and lows of 8°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Mankato

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

6
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Alexandria

Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Explore Alexandria's surroundings by going to Character Challenge Course (in Park Rapids), World's Largest Muskie (in Nevis) and Mississippi Headwaters (in Lake Itasca). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at Escape Room Alexandria, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Copper Trail Brewing Co, look for gifts at Redhead Creamery, and fly down the slopes at Andes Tower Hills.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alexandria day trip planner.

You can drive from Mankato to Alexandria in 3.5 hours. In January in Alexandria, expect temperatures between 20°F during the day and 4°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Alexandria

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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Saint Cloud

St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Cloud: Veit Automotive Foundation Educational Museum (in Buffalo), The Meeker County Museum at the G.A.R Hall (in Litchfield) and Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (in Little Falls). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at Riddler's Escape, hit the slopes at Powder Ridge, sample the tasty concoctions at Goat Ridge Brewing Company, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Ski Gull.

To find out how to plan a trip to Saint Cloud, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Alexandria to Saint Cloud in 1.5 hours. In January in Saint Cloud, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 4°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Duluth

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Tettegouche Trail (in Silver Bay), Beaver Bay Agate Shop (in Beaver Bay) and Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Canal Park, contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, gain insight at Hartley Nature Center, and hit the slopes at Spirit Mountain.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Duluth trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. In January in Duluth, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 7°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Grand Marais

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, hike along Honeymoon Bluff, and don't miss a visit to Beaver House.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais journey planner.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Grand Marais takes 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Ely

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Giants Ridge Recreation Area (in Biwabik), Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella) and Virginia (Olcott Park, Iron Range Veterans Memorial, &more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kabetogama, see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bass Lake Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ely tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ely, with lows of -4°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.