60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  17​h
1
Minneapolis
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint Cloud
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Ely
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Lutsen
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Duluth
— 10 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Winona
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Mankato
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Sao Paulo

10
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nickelodeon Universe and Science Museum of Minnesota. Venture out of the city with trips to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen), Big Stone Mini-golf and Sculpture Garden (in Minnetrista) and Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, have fun at Target Field, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis online tour planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Minneapolis is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Minneapolis is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect Minneapolis to be cooler, temps between -2°C and -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Extreme Sandbox, Valleyfair, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Target Field ©
Target Field
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

7
nights
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Attractions like Crosslake Historic Village and Three Bear Waterpark & Craguns Laser Tag make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (in Little Falls), Crosslake (Northern Trackers Railroad Club & Whistling Wolf Mini Golf) and Nisswa (Loide' Oils & Vinegars & Mount Ski Gull). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Mini Golf, get in on the family fun at Casey’s Amusement Park, and take an in-depth tour of Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum.

Before you visit Saint Cloud, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saint Cloud, with lows around -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Alexandria, Crosslake, Nisswa, Three Bear Waterpark & Craguns Laser Tag, Hemker Park and Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Northern Trackers Railroad Club ©
Northern Trackers Railroad Club
Pirate's Cove Mini Golf ©
Pirate's Cove Mini Golf
Hemker Park and Zoo ©
Hemker Park and Zoo

7
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella), Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia) and Giants Ridge Recreation Area (in Biwabik). There's much more to do: stroll through Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, examine the collection at International Wolf Center, make a trip to Listening Point, and hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ely online visit planner .

Getting from Saint Cloud to Ely by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Saint Cloud in December; daily highs in Ely reach -8°C and lows reach -18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lutsen.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tower, Soudan Underground Mine, Birch Lake, Giants Ridge Recreation Area, Lake Kabetogama
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

7
nights
Lutsen

Lutsen ©
Lutsen is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Lutsen Township, Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Bring the kids along to Lutsen Mountains Ski & Summer Resort and Onyx Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lutsen: Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage National Monument, & more), Points Unknown (in Hovland) and Grand Marais (Grand Portage State Forest, Judge C.R. Magney State Park, & more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, get engrossed in the history at Cross River Heritage Center, look for gifts at Dockside Fish Market, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Carlton Peak.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lutsen trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Ely to Lutsen takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ely in December; daily highs in Lutsen reach -3°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Lutsen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Schroeder, Minnesota, Onyx Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest

10
nights
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Park Point and Spirit Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, 3M Dwan Musem, & more), Forest History Center (in Grand Rapids) and Pine County History Museum (in Askov). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Great Lakes Aquarium, make a trip to Canal Park, and take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Duluth vacation maker site .

Drive from Lutsen to Duluth in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Forest History Center, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Jay Cooke State Park, Pine County History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©

7
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Family-friendly places like Quarry Hill Nature Center and Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Winona side-trips: Rochester (Plummer House, The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite, & more), LARK Toys (in Kellogg) and Root River (in Lanesboro). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, hit the slopes at Coffee Mill Ski Area, take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights, and see the interesting displays at Polish Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Winona holiday builder site .

Getting from Duluth to Winona by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rochester, Wabasha, Niagara Cave, Root River State Trail, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Highlights from your plan
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo ©
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo
Room Escape Games

10
nights
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Kids will enjoy Sibley Park Zoo and Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota. Explore Mankato's surroundings by going to End-O-Line Railroad Park And Museum (in Currie), Walnut Grove (Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum & Ingalls' Homestead) and New Ulm (Schell's, Brown County Historical Society, & more). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of Betsy & Tacy's House Tours & Gift Shop, take in the exciting artwork at Carnegie Art Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Minneopa State Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mankato trip planner .

Drive from Winona to Mankato in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mankato can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mankato

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Owatonna, New Ulm, Austin, Walnut Grove, Next Chapter Winery
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park

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