60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip planner

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Make it your trip
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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
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Winona
— 7 nights
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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: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen) and Washington County Historic Courthouse (in Stillwater). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Minnehaha Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, browse the different shops at Mall of America, and find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis travel route website.

Melbourne, Australia to Minneapolis is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Melbourne to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier 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.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at North American Bear Center, immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, and hike along Bass Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ely trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Ely takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Minneapolis in October: high temperatures in Ely hover around 13°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 7 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Marais: George Crosby Manitou State Park (in Finland), Shovel Point (in Silver Bay) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, High Falls, &more). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, shop like a local with Sivertson Gallery, admire the majestic nature at Temperance River State Park, and get engrossed in the history at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grand Marais road trip tool.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Grand Marais. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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, take in the awesome beauty at Oberg Mountain Loop, take an in-depth tour of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, 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. 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 travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Lake Itasca

— 3 nights
Lake Itasca is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Itasca State Park, make a trip to Mississippi Headwaters, appreciate the extensive heritage of Peace Pipe Vista, and explore the activities along Lake Itasca.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Itasca road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Duluth to Lake Itasca in 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Duluth in November since evenings lows in Lake Itasca dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Alexandria

— 7 nights
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Venture out of the city with trips to Fagen Fighters WWII Museum (in Granite Falls), Battle Lake (Glendalough State Park & Prospect House & Civil War Museum) and Historic Chippewa City (in Montevideo). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Carlos Creek Winery, see the interesting displays at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, get engrossed in the history at Runestone Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Miltona.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Alexandria travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Lake Itasca to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Alexandria are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums · Golf · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, examine the collection at Minnesota Military Museum, don't miss a visit to Saint John's University, and get engrossed in the history at Veit Automotive Foundation Educational Museum.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Cloud day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Saint Cloud takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Saint Cloud can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Museums · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 National Eagle Center (in Wabasha), Lake Pepin (in Lake City) and Houston (International Owl Center, Houston Nature Center, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Root River, take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights City Park, and take an in-depth tour of Lanesboro Historical Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Winona trip planner.

Getting from Saint Cloud to Winona by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Saint Cloud in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of -1°C in Winona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Winona

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.