60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Winona
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Two Harbors
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Grand Marais
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ely
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Grand Rapids
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bemidji
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Little Falls
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Alexandria
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
New Ulm
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Minneapolis

6
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Museum-lovers will appreciate LARK Toys and International Owl Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Watkins Museum and Store and Winona County Historical Society. Explore Winona's surroundings by going to Niagara Cave (in Harmony), Red Wing (Barn Bluff, Red Wing Shoes, & more) and Lanesboro Arts (in Lanesboro). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Great River Bluffs State Park, make a trip to The Fremont Store, identify plant and animal life at Houston Nature Center, and take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Winona road trip planning app .

Minneapolis to Winona is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Winona can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Winona

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Red Wing, Houston, LARK Toys, Whitewater State Park, The Fremont Store
Highlights from your plan
International Owl Center ©
International Owl Center
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys
Winona County Historical Society ©
Winona County Historical Society

6
nights
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Step off the beaten path and head to Superior Hiking Trail and Shovel Point. Get some cultural insight at Stoney Point and Two Harbors Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Two Harbors: Palisade Head (in Beaver Bay) and Silver Bay (Onyx Beach, Tettegouche Trail, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Castle Danger Brewery, and take an in-depth tour of The Lake County Historical Society Museum.

Plan my trip to Two Harbors with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Winona to Two Harbors with the Route module. Traveling from Winona in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 56°F in Two Harbors. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Silver Bay, Tettegouche State Park, Palisade Head, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Shovel Point ©
Shovel Point
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head

6
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center and Grand Marais Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Sivertson Gallery and Grand Portage National Monument capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Marais: Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder), Grand Portage State Park (in Grand Portage) and Oberg Mountain Loop (in Duluth). Next up on the itinerary: glide through natural beauty at Pincushion Mountain Trail System, admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, trek along Honeymoon Bluff Trail, and stroll through Honeymoon Bluff.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Marais trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Two Harbors to Grand Marais. When traveling from Two Harbors in August, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Marais, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lutsen, Grand Portage, Oberg Mountain Loop, Temperance River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park

9
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Bear Head Lake State Park and Bass Lake Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and Vermilion Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Ely: Crane Lake (Vermilion Falls & Vermilion Gorge Trail), Virginia (Iron Range Veterans Memorial & Heritage Museum) and Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella). Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Voyageurs National Park. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Dorothy Molter Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Birch Lake, examine the collection at U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ely trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ely can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Crane Lake, Eveleth, Virginia, Voyageurs National Park, Birch Lake
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Dorothy Molter Museum ©
Dorothy Molter Museum

5
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. Appreciate the collections at Forest History Center and Minnesota Musem of Mining. Your inner history buff will appreciate Judy Garland Museum and Bob Dylan's House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Hibbing Historical Society Museum (in Hibbing), Iron Man Statue (in Chisholm) and Scenic State Park (in Bigfork). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Rice Lake National Refuge, take an in-depth tour of The Gilbert Mansion, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Discovery Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at McCarthy Beach State Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ely to Grand Rapids. In August, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bemidji.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hibbing, Chisholm, McCarthy Beach State Park, Rice Lake National Refuge, Scenic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Forest History Center ©
Forest History Center
Judy Garland Museum ©
Judy Garland Museum
Rice Lake National Refuge ©
Rice Lake National Refuge

5
nights
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Sculpture Walk. Get in touch with nature at Leech Lake and Rydell National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bemidji: Heartland State Trail (in Walker), La Salle Lake State Recreation Area (in Solway) and Rabideau CCC camp (in Blackduck). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, admire the majestic nature at Lake Bemidji State Park, don't miss a visit to Visit Bemidji, and appreciate the history behind Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bemidji planner .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Bemidji in 1.5 hours. August in Bemidji sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Little Falls.

Things to do in Bemidji

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Walker, Rabideau CCC camp, World's Largest Muskie, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

6
nights
Little Falls

Little Falls ©
Little Falls is a city in Morrison County, Minnesota, United States, near the geographic center of the state. Discover out-of-the-way places like Charles Lindbergh House and Museum and Paul Bunyan State Trail. Snake River Fur Post and Pine County History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Little Falls: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post (in Onamia), Soo Line Depot Museum (in Crosby) and Legacy at Cragun's (in Brainerd). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Minnesota Military Museum, get engrossed in the history at Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Great Hinckley Fire Monument, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Little Falls travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bemidji to Little Falls. August in Little Falls sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Alexandria.

Things to do in Little Falls

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Brainerd, Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, Mount Ski Gull, Soo Line Depot Museum, Fire Tower
Highlights from your plan
Charles Lindbergh House and Museum ©
Snake River Fur Post ©
Snake River Fur Post

9
nights
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Step out of the city life by going to Glacial Lakes State Park and Glendalough State Park. Runestone Museum and Douglas County Historical Society are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alexandria: Maplewood State Park (in Pelican Rapids), Thumper Pond Golf Course (in Ottertail) and Fergus Falls (Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, Otto the Big Otter, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Phelps Mill, get engrossed in the history at Prospect House & Civil War Museum, pause for some photo ops at Big Ole Viking Statue, and play a few rounds at Geneva Golf Club.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Alexandria day trip app .

You can drive from Little Falls to Alexandria in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fergus Falls, Battle Lake, Inspiration Peak, Phelps Mill, Andes Tower Hills
Highlights from your plan
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Maplewood State Park ©
Maplewood State Park

7
nights
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. Get some historical perspective at Jeffers Petroglyphs and Wanda Gag House. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crow River Winery and Sod House on the Prairie. Get out of town with these interesting New Ulm side-trips: Worthington (Nobles County Pioneer Village & Spomer Classics & Museum), Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum (in Dassel) and Nicollet County Historical Society - Treaty Site History Center (in Saint Peter). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, pause for some photo ops at Pipestone National Monument, take an in-depth tour of Brown County Historical Society, and sample the tasty concoctions at Schell's.

Plan my trip to New Ulm with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Alexandria to New Ulm. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New Ulm

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Worthington, Fort Ridgely, Jeffers Petroglyphs, Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum, Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum ©
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
Jeffers Petroglyphs ©
Jeffers Petroglyphs
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument

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