60 days in Louisiana & Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Louisiana & Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Lafayette
— 5 nights
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Natchitoches
— 5 nights
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Baton Rouge
— 7 nights
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New Orleans
— 9 nights
Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Winona
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Winona
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 6 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
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Ely
— 5 nights
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Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
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Lafayette

— 5 nights
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Explore Lafayette's surroundings by going to Lake Charles (1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center & Millennium Park), Rip Van Winkle Gardens (in New Iberia) and Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum (in Jeanerette). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Martin, get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, and get outside with Lamson Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lafayette road trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Lafayette is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Lafayette. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Lafayette hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Natchitoches.

Things to do in Lafayette

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Natchitoches

— 5 nights
Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Explore Natchitoches' surroundings by going to North Toledo Bend State Park (in Zwolle), Mansfield State Historic Site (in Mansfield) and Living The Dream Guide Service (in Many). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Cane River National Heritage Trail, steep yourself in history at Historic District Shopping, make a trip to American Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Minor Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Natchitoches trip maker tool.

Getting from Lafayette to Natchitoches by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lafayette in May since evenings lows in Natchitoches dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Baton Rouge.

Things to do in Natchitoches

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Baton Rouge

— 7 nights
Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baton Rouge: Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum and Art Gallery (in Pierre Part), Vacherie (Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & Oak Alley Plantation) and Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Houmas House and Gardens, stroll through Mike the Tiger's Habitat, don't miss a visit to Greenwood Plantation, and get engrossed in the history at Capitol Park Museum - Louisiana State Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Baton Rouge journey planner.

Traveling by car from Natchitoches to Baton Rouge takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Baton Rouge can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Baton Rouge

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 9 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Baton Rouge in May: highs in New Orleans hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Winona.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Winona

— 5 nights
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Get out of town with these interesting Winona side-trips: Houston (Root River State Trail, Houston Nature Center, &more), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and LARK Toys (in Kellogg). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, examine the collection at Winona National Bank, contemplate the long history of Merchants Bank, and cruise along Old Hwy 61.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Winona trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from New Orleans to Winona. While traveling from New Orleans, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Winona, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Duluth

— 6 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Caribou River (in Beaver Bay), Two Harbors (The Lake County Historical Society Museum, Castle Danger Brewery, &more) and Baptism River (in Silver Bay). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Point Nature Trail, get outside with Self Discovery Adventures, and see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Duluth road trip planning website.

You can drive from Winona to Duluth in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Winona in June, things will get a bit cooler in Duluth: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 5 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Schroeder (Temperance River State Park & Father Baraga's Cross), Points Unknown (in Hovland) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, admire the sheer force of Devil's Kettle, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, and contemplate the waterfront views at Temperance River.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais road trip planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Grand Marais. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Ely

— 5 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Scenic State Park (in Bigfork), Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama) and Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, make a trip to Iron Range Veterans Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Palisade Head, and stroll through Trezona Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ely trip planning app.

Getting from Grand Marais to Ely by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Grand Marais, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ely, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Lake Itasca

— 3 nights
Explore Lake Itasca's surroundings by going to Forestedge Winery (in LaPorte) and Rabideau CCC camp (in Blackduck).

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Itasca visit website.

Drive from Ely to Lake Itasca in 4 hours. Traveling from Ely in June, Lake Itasca is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Baker Park Reserve (in Maple Plain), Munsinger Gardens (in Saint Cloud) and Bad Habit Brewing Company (in Saint Joseph). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, stroll the grounds of Lakewood Cemetery, work some fitness into your day at Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, and admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis driving holiday planner.

Drive from Lake Itasca to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lake Itasca in July since evenings lows in Minneapolis dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
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.