56 days in Minnesota Itinerary

56 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota travel planner

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Minneapolis
— 14 nights
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Saint Cloud
— 5 nights
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Walker
— 4 nights
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Ely
— 7 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 9 nights
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Mankato
— 5 nights
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Rochester
— 6 nights
Drive to Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport, Fly to Joplin Regional Airport

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Minneapolis

— 14 nights

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.
When in Minneapolis, make a side trip to see Wild Mountain Ski, Snowboarding & Wild Chutes Snow Tubing in Taylors Falls, approximately Taylors Falls away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read Minneapolis sightseeing site.

Joplin to Minneapolis is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Joplin in February: highs in Minneapolis hover around 27°F, while lows dip to 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Saint Cloud

— 5 nights
St. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Cloud: Spilled Grain Brewhouse (in Annandale), Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (in Little Falls) and Zimmerman (Mahnomen Trail & Blue Hill Trail). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, hit the slopes at Powder Ridge, do a tasting at Carlos Creek Winery, and trek along Beaver Islands Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Cloud day trip website.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in February, expect little chillier with lows of 5°F in Saint Cloud. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Walker.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

Side Trips

Walker

— 4 nights
Walker is a city in Cass County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Walker side-trips: Nisswa (Loide' Oils & Vinegars & Mount Ski Gull), Crosslake Historic Village (in Crosslake) and Paul Bunyan State Trail (in Brainerd). And it doesn't end there: hike along Heartland State Trail, don't miss a visit to Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, fly down the slopes at Buena Vista Ski Area, and look for all kinds of wild species at Leech Lake.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Walker day trip website.

You can drive from Saint Cloud to Walker in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Walker when traveling from Saint Cloud in February, with lows around -1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Walker

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Ely

— 7 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Ely: Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park), Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella) and Cook's Country Connection (in Cook). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, trek along Bass Lake Trail, and go deep underground at Soudan Underground Mine.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ely itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Walker to Ely in 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ely can reach 18°F, while at night they dip to -4°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 5 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Points Unknown (in Hovland), Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, &more) and Father Baraga's Cross (in Schroeder). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at LutZen Reflections Massage Studios, head outdoors with Artists Point, deepen your understanding at Grand Marais Art Colony, and learn about winemaking at North Shore Winery.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Grand Marais travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°F in Grand Marais. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Duluth

— 9 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, &more) and Silver Bay (Baptism River & Tettegouche Trail). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, head outdoors with Self Discovery Adventures, walk around Canal Park, and deepen your understanding at Hartley Nature Center.

Find out how to plan Duluth trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Duluth are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mankato

— 5 nights
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Venture out of the city with trips to Faribault (River Bend Nature Center, Cross Country Soaring, &more), Fort Ridgely (in Fairfax) and Montgomery Brewing (in Montgomery). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Minneopa State Park, do a tasting at Indian Island Winery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mankato Brewery, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sibley Park Zoo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mankato trip planner.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Mankato takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Duluth in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mankato, with highs around 40°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Mankato

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rochester

— 6 nights
Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: International Owl Center (in Houston), The Fremont Store (in Lewiston) and Winona (Winona National Bank, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center, indulge in some personalized pampering at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, gain insight at Quarry Hill Nature Center, and examine the collection at Red Wing Shoes.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rochester tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Mankato to Rochester in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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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.