60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Bern
train + Fly:  17​h
1
Duluth
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Grand Marais
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Silver Bay
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ely
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Saint Cloud
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Mankato
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Rochester
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Minneapolis
— 8 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Bern

8
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Two Harbors (Agate Bay Beach & Castle Danger Brewery) and Pattison State Park (in Superior). Fill the 19th (Sun) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and walk around Canal Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Duluth trip planner .

Bern, Switzerland to Duluth is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bern to Duluth. Traveling from Bern in May, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Superior, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Amnicon Falls State Park, Bois Brule River
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Room Escape Games
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

7
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: North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte), Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage State Park, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, get outside with Artists Point, try for a hole-in-one at Putt N Pets, and delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grand Marais tour itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Lutsen, Points Unknown, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, Temperance River State Park
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
Silver Bay

Silver Bay ©
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Silver Bay side-trips: Bayfield (Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves, Meyers Beach Sea Caves, & more), Schroeder (Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center & Cross River Heritage Center) and Soo Line 950 (in Ashland). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Gooseberry Falls State Park, admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, stroll through Tettegouche Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Palisade Head.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Silver Bay holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Silver Bay takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Silver Bay can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayfield, Two Harbors, Beaver Bay, Schroeder, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse
Baptism River ©
Baptism River

6
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park), Lake Vermilion (in Tower) and World's Largest Authentic Hockey Stick (in Eveleth). And it doesn't end there: go deep underground at Soudan Underground Mine, stroll through Olcott Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kabetogama, and see the interesting displays at North American Bear Center.

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You can drive from Silver Bay to Ely in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ely can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tower, Virginia, World's Largest Authentic Hockey Stick, Birch Lake, Cook's Country Connection
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 ©
Step out of Lake Itasca to go to Erskine and see Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 10 min away.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Itasca online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Ely to Lake Itasca takes 4 hours. Traveling from Ely in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lake Itasca, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rydell National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Itasca ©
Lake Itasca

6
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Explore Saint Cloud's surroundings by going to Alexandria (Douglas County Historical Society, Runestone Museum, & more), Crosslake (Crosslake Historic Village & Crosslake Community Center) and Loide' Oils & Vinegars (in Nisswa). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Soo Line Depot Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bad Habit Brewing Company, and examine the collection at Veit Automotive Foundation Educational Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Cloud trip planner .

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Saint Cloud in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Alexandria, Battle Lake, Crosslake, Veit Automotive Foundation Educational Museum, Blue Hill Trail
Highlights from your plan
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Crosslake Community Center ©
Crosslake Community Center

6
nights
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Get out of town with these interesting Mankato side-trips: Spomer Classics & Museum (in Worthington), Round Lake Vineyards & Winery (in Round Lake) and New Ulm (Hermann the German & Schell's). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Creek Park, see the interesting displays at Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Mankato sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Saint Cloud to Mankato in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Mankato

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Fairmont, New Ulm, Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, Spomer Classics & Museum, Round Lake Vineyards & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park
Room Escape Games
Spomer Classics & Museum ©
Spomer Classics & Museum

6
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to National Eagle Center (in Wabasha), Winona (Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona National Bank, & more) and LARK Toys (in Kellogg). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Barn Bluff, Head underground at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, and explore and take pictures at Quarry Hill Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rochester attractions planner .

You can drive from Mankato to Rochester in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Winona, Red Wing, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, LARK Toys, Niagara Cave
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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Minneapolis: Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, and get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rochester to Minneapolis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Minnesota Zoo, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Extreme Sandbox
Highlights from your plan
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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