9 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

9 days in Southern Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern Minnesota tour planner

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Winona
— 3 nights
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Red Wing
— 2 nights
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Mankato
— 3 nights
Drive to Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport

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Winona

— 3 nights
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Winona: Niagara Cave (in Harmony), LARK Toys (in Kellogg) and Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (in Preston). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Great River Bluffs State Park, make a trip to Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, and get engrossed in the history at Winona County Historical Society.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Winona trip itinerary planning app.

Chicago to Winona is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect Winona to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Red Wing.

Things to do in Winona

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Red Wing

— 2 nights
Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, along the upper Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Pottery Museum of Red Wing, take in the dramatic natural features at Barn Bluff, and then examine the collection at Red Wing Shoes. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, hike along Cannon Valley Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pepin.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Red Wing trip planner.

You can drive from Winona to Red Wing in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Red Wing

Parks · Nature · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

Mankato

— 3 nights
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Change things up with these side-trips from Mankato: Kerfoot Canopy Tour (in Henderson), Green Giant Statue Park (in Blue Earth) and New Ulm (Hermann the German, Morgan Creek Vineyards, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Minneopa State Park, grab your bike and head to Red Jacket Trail, and get engrossed in the history at Betsy & Tacy's House Tours & Gift Shop.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Mankato journey tool.

Getting from Red Wing to Mankato by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mankato

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips