7 days in Minnesota Itinerary

7 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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7 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Winona
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Duluth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Lutsen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis trip itinerary planner .

New York City to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Minneapolis at 24°F and lows at 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Winona.

Things to do in Minneapolis

#Museums, #Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

2
nights
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 2nd (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Whitewater State Park, then take an in-depth tour of Winona County Historical Society, and then examine the collection at Winona National Bank. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center, see the interesting displays at Lark Toys, then admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Winona itinerary site .

Drive from Minneapolis to Winona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Winona sees daily highs of 26°F and lows of 10°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Winona

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trips

National Eagle Center, Whitewater State Park, Lark Toys
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Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Lark Toys ©
Lark Toys
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center

1
night
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 4th (Fri), examine the collection at Lake Superior Railroad Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Congdon Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Point, and finally see the interesting displays at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Duluth online travel planner .

Getting from Winona to Duluth by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly. In January in Duluth, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 7°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lutsen.

Things to do in Duluth

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches
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Park Point ©
Park Point
Lake Superior Railroad Museum ©
Lake Superior Railroad Museum

1
night
Lutsen

Lutsen ©
Lutsen is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Lutsen Township, Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): trek along Cascade River State Park, hit the slopes at Lutsen Mountains, and then see the interesting displays at North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Lutsen trip planner.

Getting from Duluth to Lutsen by car takes about 2 hours. January in Lutsen sees daily highs of 23°F and lows of 7°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lutsen

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
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Lutsen Mountains ©
Lutsen Mountains
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, contemplate the long history of Dorothy Molter Museum, and then trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ely visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Lutsen to Ely takes 2 hours. In January, Ely is slightly colder than Lutsen - with highs of 16°F and lows of -4°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails
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Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

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