53 days in Minnesota Itinerary

53 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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53 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint Cloud
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Bemidji
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ely
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Grand Marais
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Duluth
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Winona
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
New Ulm
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

8
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 explore and learn at Minneapolis Institute of Art and Mill City Museum. Summit Avenue and Cathedral of Saint Paul are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: Historic Downtown Hastings (in Hastings), Lake Elmo Park Reserve (in Lake Elmo) and Square Lake Park (in Stillwater). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, take a stroll through Mississippi Mile, do a tasting at Next Chapter Winery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Mary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Minneapolis. June in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Taylors Falls, Montgomery Brewing, Historic Downtown Hastings, Minnesota's Largest Candy Store
Highlights from your plan
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mill City Museum ©
Mill City Museum
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

6
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Get outdoors at The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge and Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carlos Creek Winery and Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Cloud: Charles Lindbergh House and Museum (in Little Falls), Brainerd (The Classic at Madden's Golf Course, Legacy at Cragun's, & more) and Jack Pine Brewery (in Baxter). There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Riverside Park, do a tasting at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery, sample the tasty concoctions at Bad Habit Brewing Company, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saint Cloud trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Minneapolis in June since evenings lows in Saint Cloud dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Golf Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Brainerd, Little Falls, Goat Ridge Brewing Company, Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary, Jack Pine Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum ©
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery ©

4
nights
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Visit Rabideau CCC camp and Sculpture Walk for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Itasca State Park and Wildwedge Golf, Mini Golf and Maze. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bemidji: Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge (in Rochert), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Walker) and Deacon's Lodge Golf Course (in Breezy Point). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and enjoy the sand and surf at Detroit Lake Public Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bemidji trip planner .

You can drive from Saint Cloud to Bemidji in 3 hours. Traveling from Saint Cloud in June, expect nights in Bemidji to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Bemidji

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Itasca State Park, Rabideau CCC camp, Deacon's Lodge Golf Course, Detroit Lake Public Beach, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Deacon's Lodge Golf Course ©
Deacon's Lodge Golf Course
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

7
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at North American Bear Center and Iron Range / Trail. Museum-lovers will get to explore International Wolf Center and Bronko Nagurski Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Silver Bay (Onyx Beach & Shovel Point), Palisade Head (in Beaver Bay) and Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Soudan Underground Mine, hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, and explore the activities along Birch Lake.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ely trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Bemidji to Ely takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Virginia, Silver Bay, Soudan Underground Mine, Birch Lake, Tettegouche State Park
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips

6
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Cascade River State Park and Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Portage National Monument and North Shore Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Schroeder (Father Baraga's Cross, Temperance River State Park, & more), North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte) and Grand Portage (High Falls & Grand Portage State Park). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, get a taste of the local shopping with Sivertson Gallery, trek along Honeymoon Bluff Trail, and stop by Joynes Department Store & Ben Franklin.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Grand Marais trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. While traveling from Ely, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Grand Marais, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Schroeder, Lutsen, Grand Portage, Devil's Kettle, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Grand Portage State Park ©
Grand Portage State Park

9
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Popular historic sites such as Lakewalk and Split Rock Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Brighton Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Pine County History Museum (in Askov), McGregor (Rice Lake National Refuge & Savanna Portage State Park) and Two Harbors (Two Harbors Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls State Park, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, stroll around Enger Park and Tower, and stroll through Park Point.

Start your trip to Duluth by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Marais in July, with highs in Duluth at 75°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Two Harbors, McGregor, Pine County History Museum, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Hibbing Historical Society Museum
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse
Canal Park ©
Canal Park

6
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Step out of the city life by going to National Eagle Center and Houston Nature Center. Popular historic sites such as Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Plummer House are in your itinerary. Explore Winona's surroundings by going to Root River (in Lanesboro), Jay C. Hormel Nature Center (in Austin) and LARK Toys (in Kellogg). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, do a tasting at Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery, explore and take pictures at Garvin Heights, and make a trip to The Fremont Store.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Winona day trip website .

Drive from Duluth to Winona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Winona can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rochester, Whitewater State Park, Houston Nature Center, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys

6
nights
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. Schell's and Crow River Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pipestone National Monument and Birch Coulee Battlefield. Change things up with these side-trips from New Ulm: Round Lake Vineyards & Winery (in Round Lake), W.W. Mayo House (in Le Sueur) and Spomer Classics & Museum (in Worthington). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Indian Island Winery, steep yourself in history at Ingalls' Homestead, sample the tasty concoctions at Mankato Brewery, and delve into the distant past at Jeffers Petroglyphs.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New Ulm road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Winona to New Ulm takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in New Ulm can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Ulm

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Walnut Grove, W.W. Mayo House, Crow River Winery, Pipestone National Monument, Round Lake Vineyards & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument
Spomer Classics & Museum ©
Spomer Classics & Museum
Round Lake Vineyards & Winery ©
Round Lake Vineyards & Winery

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