51 days in Minnesota Itinerary

51 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip itinerary builder

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Minneapolis
— 7 nights
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Duluth
— 8 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ely
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint Cloud
— 6 nights
Drive
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Alexandria
— 6 nights
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Mankato
— 6 nights
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Rochester
— 6 nights
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Minneapolis

— 7 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: Hastings (Hastings Dairy Store & Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, and have some family-friendly fun at FlyOver America.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis day trip app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Minneapolis. In March, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Duluth

— 8 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls State Park, &more), Banning State Park (in Sandstone) and Pine County History Museum (in Askov). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, get outside with Self Discovery Adventures, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Enger Park.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Duluth day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Minneapolis in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Duluth: temperatures range from 34°F by day to 20°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 5 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Grand Portage (High Falls & Grand Portage State Park), Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lutsen Mountains Ski & Summer Resort, head outdoors with Artists Point, admire the sheer force of Devil's Kettle, and take in the awesome beauty at Carlton Peak.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grand Marais online trip builder.

Getting from Duluth to Grand Marais by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 33°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Ely

— 6 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Vermilion Falls (in Orr), Virginia (Iron Range Veterans Memorial & Olcott Park) and Voyageurs National Park (Crane Lake & Rainy Lake). There's still lots to do: hike along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, examine the collection at International Wolf Center, play a few rounds at Giants Ridge Recreation Area, and engage your brain at North American Bear Center.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ely day trip app.

Getting from Grand Marais to Ely by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Grand Marais in March since evenings lows in Ely dip to 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saint Cloud

— 6 nights
St. Explore Saint Cloud's surroundings by going to Veit Automotive Foundation Educational Museum (in Buffalo), Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum (in Dassel) and Nisswa (Loide' Oils & Vinegars, The Pines Golf Course at Grand View Lodge, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at Beaver Island Brewing Company, do a tasting at Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery, and fly down the slopes at Powder Ridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Saint Cloud travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ely to Saint Cloud takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ely in April: high temperatures in Saint Cloud hover around 51°F and lows are around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alexandria.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Alexandria

— 6 nights
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Explore Alexandria's surroundings by going to Monson Lake State Park (in Sunburg), St. Urho Statue (in Menahga) and Lake Itasca (Itasca State Park, Wilderness Drive, &more). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Fagen Fighters WWII Museum, get engrossed in the history at Legacy of the Lakes Museum, and hike along Heartland State Trail.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Alexandria road trip planner.

Getting from Saint Cloud to Alexandria by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Alexandria are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Alexandria

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mankato

— 6 nights
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mankato: Sod House on the Prairie (in Sanborn), New Ulm (Wanda Gag House, Hermann the German, &more) and Fort Ridgely (in Fairfax). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Minneopa State Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Montgomery Brewing, get engrossed in the history at Betsy & Tacy's House Tours & Gift Shop, and explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota.

Make your Mankato itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Alexandria to Mankato by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Mankato can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Mankato

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rochester

— 6 nights
Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rochester: Winona (Winona County Historical Society, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more), Barn Bluff (in Red Wing) and The Fremont Store (in Lewiston). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at National Eagle Center, look for gifts at Chocolate Shoppe, appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, and don't miss a visit to Gonda Building.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Rochester trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Mankato to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

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.