17 days in Chicago & Minnesota Itinerary

17 days in Chicago & Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

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Chicago
— 1 night
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Winona
— 1 night
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Soudan
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 6 nights
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Freeport
— 1 day
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Minneapolis
— 5 nights
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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see where the action happens at Wrigley Field, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shedd Aquarium and then make a trip to Millennium Park.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Chicago road trip app.

Rome, Italy to Chicago is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Rome to Chicago due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Winona

— 1 night
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka and then take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights City Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Winona trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Winona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Winona dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Soudan.

Things to do in Winona

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Soudan

— 2 nights
Soudan is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Breitung Township, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 29th (Tue), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Soudan Underground Mine, then get curious at North American Bear Center, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at International Wolf Center and then trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Soudan online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Winona to Soudan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Winona in August, things will get slightly colder in Soudan: highs are around 26°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Soudan

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

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Duluth

— 6 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, see the interesting displays at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Soudan to Duluth in 2 hours. Traveling from Soudan in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Duluth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Freeport.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Freeport

— 1 day
Freeport is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. On the 5th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eagle Mountain and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hemker Park and Zoo.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Freeport online route planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Freeport in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Freeport

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Minneapolis

— 5 nights

The City of Lakes

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota (in Hastings) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). The adventure continues: have fun at Target Field, get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis road trip planner.

Drive from Freeport to Minneapolis in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Freeport in September, Minneapolis is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.