60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip planner
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Minneapolis
— 10 nights
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Ely
— 6 nights
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Grand Marais
— 7 nights
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Duluth
— 10 nights
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Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alexandria
— 7 nights
Drive
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Saint Cloud
— 7 nights
Drive
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Winona
— 7 nights
Drive to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Fly to Melbourne

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Minneapolis — 10 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: Washington County Historic Courthouse (in Stillwater) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). There's lots more to do: stroll around Minnehaha Park, examine the collection at Paisley Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, and explore the activities along Chain of Lakes.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Minneapolis is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Melbourne to Minneapolis. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Minneapolis hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly to Ely.
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Ely — 6 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Ely side-trips: Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park), Voyageurs National Park (in Ray) and Vermilion Falls (in Orr). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at North American Bear Center, admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bass Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ely journey maker website.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Ely takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in October; daily highs in Ely reach 13°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.
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Grand Marais — 7 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Marais: Shovel Point (in Silver Bay), George Crosby Manitou State Park (in Finland) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, High Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, and get engrossed in the history at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais vacation builder app.

Getting from Ely to Grand Marais by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Ely in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 5°C in Grand Marais. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Duluth.
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Duluth — 10 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). Fill the 3rd (Wed) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, pick up some new knowledge with Lake Superior Art Glass, and walk around Canal Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip builder tool.

Getting from Grand Marais to Duluth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Duluth, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lake Itasca.
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Lake Itasca — 3 nights

Lake Itasca is known for nature, sightseeing, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Itasca State Park, don't miss a visit to Mississippi Headwaters, appreciate the extensive heritage of Peace Pipe Vista, and take in panoramic vistas at Aiton Heights Fire Tower.

Plan my Lake Itasca trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Drive from Duluth to Lake Itasca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Duluth in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lake Itasca, with lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Alexandria.
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Alexandria — 7 nights

Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Venture out of the city with trips to Historic Chippewa City (in Montevideo), Battle Lake (Glendalough State Park & Prospect House & Civil War Museum) and Fagen Fighters WWII Museum (in Granite Falls). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Carlos Creek Winery, identify plant and animal life at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, tee off at Cragun's Legacy Courses, and learn more about the world around you at Runestone Museum.

To plan Alexandria vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint Cloud.
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Museums · Outdoors · Golf · Parks
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Saint Cloud — 7 nights

St. Explore Saint Cloud's surroundings by going to Soo Line Depot Museum (in Crosby), Deacon's Lodge Golf Course (in Breezy Point) and The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge (in Nisswa). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, stroll around Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, and learn about all things military at Minnesota Military Museum.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Cloud trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Saint Cloud takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Winona.
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Winona — 7 nights

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 Lake Pepin (in Lake City), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Houston (International Owl Center, Houston Nature Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Polish Museum, cruise along Garvin Heights City Park, and explore and take pictures at Old Hwy 61.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Winona vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Saint Cloud to Winona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Winona when traveling from Saint Cloud in November, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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