60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Mankato
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Winona
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Duluth
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Grand Marais
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ely
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Alexandria
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Saint Cloud
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Minneapolis
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Budapest

6
nights
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mankato: Alexander Ramsey Park (in Redwood Falls), Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum (in Walnut Grove) and New Ulm (Hermann the German & Schell's). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Minneopa State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaplan's Woods Parkway, see the interesting displays at Spomer Classics & Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Sibley Park Zoo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mankato itinerary maker site .

Budapest, Hungary to Mankato is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. In June, daytime highs in Mankato are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Mankato

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Faribault, New Ulm, Alexander Ramsey Park, Kaplan's Woods Parkway, Round Lake Vineyards & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park
Room Escape Games
Cross Country Soaring ©
Cross Country Soaring

6
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Venture out of the city with trips to LARK Toys (in Kellogg), Root River State Trail (in Houston) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, admire all the interesting features of Quarry Hill Nature Center, cruise along Garvin Heights, and stroll through Lake Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Winona trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Mankato to Winona in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rochester, National Eagle Center, Whitewater State Park, LARK Toys, Root River
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

9
nights
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, & more). Fill the 20th (Thu) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, walk around Enger Park and Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Duluth attractions tool .

You can drive from Winona to Duluth in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. In June, Duluth is little chillier than Winona - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Jay Cooke State Park
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

6
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Marais: Points Unknown (in Hovland), Schroeder (Temperance River State Park & Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, & more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, admire the sheer force of Devil's Kettle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Temperance River.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Grand Marais road trip planning app .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Schroeder, Minnesota, 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ely: Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors), Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park) and Shovel Point (in Silver Bay). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, examine the collection at International Wolf Center, hike along Vermilion Gorge Trail, and stroll through Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ely journey builder tool .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. When traveling from Grand Marais in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Ely, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Soudan Underground Mine, Crane Lake, Vermilion Gorge Trail, Hellacious Overlook, Vermilion Falls
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

3
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Get out of town with these interesting Lake Itasca side-trips: Chippewa National Forest (in Cass Lake) and Rydell National Wildlife Refuge (in Erskine).

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lake Itasca day trip site .

Drive from Ely to Lake Itasca in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, Chippewa National Forest, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Chippewa National Forest ©
Chippewa National Forest
Lake Itasca ©
Lake Itasca
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

7
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Get out of town with these interesting Alexandria side-trips: Loide' Oils & Vinegars (in Nisswa), Walker (Fishing Charters & Tours & Heartland State Trail) and World's Largest Muskie (in Nevis). The adventure continues: trek along Paul Bunyan State Trail, identify plant and animal life at Bluestem Prairie Preserve, stroll through Central Lakes Trail, and tee off at Legacy at Cragun's.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Alexandria trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Itasca to Alexandria takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Alexandria can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Alexandria

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Brainerd, Walker, Wildwedge Golf, Mini Golf and Maze, World's Largest Muskie, Bluestem Prairie Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Central Lakes Trail ©
Central Lakes Trail

7
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Venture out of the city with trips to Lupulin Brewing (in Big Lake), Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (in Little Falls) and Blue Hill Trail (in Zimmerman). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, tee off at Deacon's Lodge Golf Course, take an in-depth tour of Soo Line Depot Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Cloud trip website .

You can drive from Alexandria to Saint Cloud in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Saint Cloud can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Crosby, Minnesota, Saint Joseph, Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, Roundhouse Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve ©
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

7
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.
Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, and admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Minneapolis travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Minneapolis takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saint Cloud in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Minneapolis, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Minnesota Zoo, Candyland, Extreme Sandbox
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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