60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Tucson
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Winona
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Duluth
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ely
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Lake Itasca
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Alexandria
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Saint Cloud
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Minneapolis
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Tucson

6
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Change things up with these side-trips from Winona: Chocolate Shoppe (in Mantorville), Rochester (Room Escape Games, Quarry Hill Nature Center, & more) and Lanesboro (Lanesboro Arts & Root River). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Harmony-Preston Valley Trail, examine the collection at LARK Toys, and explore the fascinating underground world of Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.

To find reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Winona trip builder .

Tucson to Winona is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tucson in June, expect nights in Winona to be little chillier, around 59°F, while days are colder, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rochester, Houston, Lanesboro, The Fremont Store, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
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

10
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Castle Danger Brewery, Gooseberry Falls State Park, & more), Caribou River (in Beaver Bay) and Silver Bay (Tettegouche Trail & Baptism River). There's much more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll around Canal Park, examine the collection at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, and get answers to all your questions at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Duluth route maker .

Getting from Winona to Duluth by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Winona in June: high temperatures in Duluth hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Caribou River, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Rice Lake National Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

7
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Points Unknown (in Hovland), North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, & more). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, contemplate the waterfront views at Temperance River, stroll through Cascade River State Park, and admire the majestic nature at Temperance River State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais trip builder app .

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth in July, things will get little chillier in Grand Marais: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Minnesota, Schroeder, Cascade River State Park, Points Unknown
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument

7
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Ely side-trips: Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors), Vermilion Falls (in Orr) and Vermilion Gorge Trail (in Crane Lake). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park, look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company, and trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ely travel planner .

Drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. When traveling from Grand Marais in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ely: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cook's Country Connection, Vermilion Gorge Trail, Crane Lake, Soudan Underground Mine, Tettegouche State Park
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

4
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Itasca: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Walker), Rabideau CCC camp (in Blackduck) and Bemidji (Lake Bemidji State Park & Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lake Itasca trip itinerary site .

Drive from Ely to Lake Itasca in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lake Itasca can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Moorhead, Bemidji, Fishing Charters & Tours, Paul Bunyan State Trail, Rabideau CCC camp
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park

8
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Change things up with these side-trips from Alexandria: Fergus Falls (Otto the Big Otter, Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, & more), Legacy at Cragun's (in Brainerd) and Montevideo (Historic Chippewa City & Lagoon Park). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Runestone Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Miltona, explore the striking landscape at Inspiration Peak, and get engrossed in the history at Legacy of the Lakes Museum.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alexandria trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Lake Itasca to Alexandria by car takes about 2.5 hours. July in Alexandria sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Fergus Falls, Battle Lake, Montevideo, Sinclair Lewis Avenue, Inspiration Peak
Highlights from your plan
Inspiration Peak ©
Inspiration Peak
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery

7
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Cloud: Crosby (Croft Mine Historical Park & Soo Line Depot Museum), Little Falls (Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, & more) and Blue Hill Trail (in Zimmerman). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, explore the landscape on two wheels at Root River Trail, identify plant and animal life at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake George.

Plan my trip to Saint Cloud with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Saint Cloud takes 1.5 hours. In August in Saint Cloud, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Minnesota, Little Falls, Crosby, Brainerd, Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Alexander Ramsey Park ©
Alexander Ramsey Park

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Minneapolis: Hastings (Extreme Sandbox & Hastings Dairy Store) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). There's much more to do: enjoy some diversion at Target Field, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Minneapolis travel planner .

You can drive from Saint Cloud to Minneapolis in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Minneapolis when traveling from Saint Cloud in August, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Hastings, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Valleyfair
Highlights from your plan
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

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