9 days in Lake Itasca & Minneapolis Itinerary

9 days in Lake Itasca & Minneapolis Itinerary

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9 days in Lake Itasca & Minneapolis Itinerary

Start: Lake Itasca
1
Lake Itasca
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Lake Itasca

5
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and Minnesota Military Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rabideau CCC camp and Phelps Mill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Itasca: Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (in Little Falls), Circle of Time (in Walker) and Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (in Fergus Falls).

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Itasca online tour planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Lake Itasca. In October, daily temperatures in Lake Itasca can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Falls, Maple Wood Park, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, Prospect House & Civil War Museum, World's Largest Muskie
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Phelps Mill ©
Phelps Mill

3
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.
On the 7th (Mon), admire the striking features of Basilica of St. Mary, then admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Russian Art, then contemplate the long history of Historic Fort Snelling, and finally wander the streets of Summit Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): examine the collection at Red Wing Shoes, then admire the masterpieces at Pottery Museum of Red Wing, then explore the world behind art at Weisman Art Museum, and finally grab your bike and head to Mill Ruins Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip planner .

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Minneapolis in 4 hours. Traveling from Lake Itasca in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Minneapolis, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Red Wing, Saint Paul, Tamarack Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of St. Mary ©
Basilica of St. Mary
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Historic Fort Snelling ©
Historic Fort Snelling

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