9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Dallas
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
1
Rochester
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Duluth
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Saint Paul
— 2 nights
Bus:  15​min
4
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Dallas

1
night
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Paisley Park. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the striking features of Paisley Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rochester day trip website .

Dallas to Rochester is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Dallas in October, expect Rochester to be much colder, temps between 59°F and 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Winona, National Eagle Center, Paisley Park
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

2
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 19th (Sat), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stroll around Enger Park, view the masterpieces at Art in the Alley, then enjoy the sea views from Split Rock Lighthouse, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park, and finally look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, then walk around Canal Park, then take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk.

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Traveling by car from Rochester to Duluth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Duluth can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Saint Paul.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park

2
nights
Saint Paul

Saint Paul ©
The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): wander the streets of Summit Avenue, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, then steep yourself in history at Minnesota State Capitol, then get your game on at Extreme Sandbox, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Wing Shoes. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Minnesota Children's Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, get engrossed in the history at Minnesota History Center, then take an in-depth tour of Science Museum of Minnesota, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Urban Growler Brewing Company.

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You can take a bus from Duluth to Saint Paul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Saint Paul can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Extreme Sandbox, Red Wing Shoes
Highlights from your plan
Extreme Sandbox ©
Extreme Sandbox
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul

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.
The Mary Tyler Moore House has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): enjoy some diversion at Target Field, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, make a trip to The Mary Tyler Moore House, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, then take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Minnehaha Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, then stroll around Mill Ruins Park, then get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, and finally browse the different shops at Mall of America.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis day trip site .

Minneapolis is just a short distance from Saint Paul. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bloomington
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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