7 days in Minnesota Itinerary

7 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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7 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Winona
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Grand Marais
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Two Harbors
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
End: Minneapolis

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at CHS Field, then get your game on at Extreme Sandbox, then experience rural life at Hastings Dairy Store, and finally get your game on at The Escape Game. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Round Lake Park and Beach and then kick back and relax at Square Lake Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Minneapolis. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Winona.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hastings, CHS Field, Square Lake Park, Round Lake Park and Beach
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Round Lake Park and Beach ©
Round Lake Park and Beach
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Extreme Sandbox ©
Extreme Sandbox

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Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): cruise along Garvin Heights, then walk around Lake Park, and then admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Winona journey planner.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Winona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Winona are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Winona

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum

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Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, and then take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais route planner .

Drive from Winona to Grand Marais in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Winona in July: high temperatures in Grand Marais hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Cascade River State Park
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Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Marais Lighthouse ©
Grand Marais Lighthouse

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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. Kids will enjoy Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area and Onyx Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Soudan Underground Mine (in Soudan), Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Duluth (Mission Creek Bike Trails, Brighton Beach Park, & more). It doesn't end there: stop by Great Lakes Candy Kitchen.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Two Harbors trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Two Harbors takes 2 hours. When traveling from Grand Marais in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Two Harbors: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Duluth, Temperance River State Park, Onyx Beach, Soudan Underground Mine, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
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