7 days in DeKalb, Lake Itasca & Minneapolis Itinerary

7 days in DeKalb, Lake Itasca & Minneapolis Itinerary

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DeKalb
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Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to Hector International Airport, Drive to Lake Itasca
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Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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DeKalb — 1 day

DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stroll around Shabbona Lake State Park and then learn about winemaking at Prairie States Winery.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our DeKalb trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to DeKalb. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lake Itasca.
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Lake Itasca — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): trek along Rabideau CCC camp and then learn about winemaking at Forestedge Winery. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Mississippi Headwaters, then admire the majestic nature at Itasca State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Itasca.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lake Itasca visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from DeKalb to Lake Itasca. In July, daytime highs in Lake Itasca are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 3 nights

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 outdoors at Minnehaha Park and Stone Arch Bridge. Historic Fort Snelling and Cathedral of Saint Paul will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Baker Park Reserve in Maple Plain (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Mill City Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis journey planner.

Getting from Lake Itasca to Minneapolis by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Lake Itasca in July, Minneapolis is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. On the 31st (Sun), you'll travel back home.
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