60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Rochester
— 6 nights
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Duluth
— 11 nights
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Grand Marais
— 6 nights
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Ely
— 6 nights
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Lake Itasca
— 4 nights
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Saint Cloud
— 6 nights
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Minneapolis
— 20 nights

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Rochester

— 6 nights
Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: National Eagle Center (in Wabasha), Lake City (Lake Pepin & Reads Landing) and Winona (Merchants Bank, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Trail, deepen your understanding at Quarry Hill Nature Center, and Head underground at Niagara Cave.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rochester attractions planning tool.

Minneapolis to Rochester is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rochester are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Duluth

— 11 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: Beaver Bay (Split Rock Loop Trail & Caribou River), Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, &more) and Tettegouche Trail (in Silver Bay). Fill the 11th (Fri) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, walk around Canal Park, stroll through Park Point, and steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Duluth itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rochester to Duluth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rochester in June, expect Duluth to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 6 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte), Schroeder (Temperance River State Park & Cross River Heritage Center) and Grand Portage (Pigeon River, Grand Portage National Monument, &more). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, get outside with Artists Point, take a tour by water with Joe's Inland Fishing, and enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse.

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Traveling by car from Duluth to Grand Marais takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Grand Marais, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough 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 Ely's surroundings by going to Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama), Cook's Country Connection (in Cook) and Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park). There's lots more to do: get curious at North American Bear Center, stroll through Soudan Underground Mine, make a trip to Iron Range Veterans Memorial, and see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ely itinerary planning website.

Getting from Grand Marais to Ely by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Grand Marais, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ely, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Itasca

— 4 nights
Explore Lake Itasca's surroundings by going to Rabideau CCC camp (in Blackduck) and Forestedge Winery (in LaPorte).

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Itasca road trip planning app.

Drive from Ely to Lake Itasca in 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ely in June since evenings lows in Lake Itasca dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Saint Cloud

— 6 nights
St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Cloud: Loide' Oils & Vinegars (in Nisswa), Paul Bunyan State Trail (in Brainerd) and Deep Portage Conservation Reserve and Learning Center (in Hackensack). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens, hike along Beaver Islands Trail, learn more about the world around you at Runestone Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Dassel Area Historical Society & Ergot Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saint Cloud trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Saint Cloud in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Saint Cloud are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 20 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: Baker Park Reserve (in Maple Plain), Central Park (in Rosemount) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Minnesota Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Saint Cloud to Minneapolis in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saint Cloud in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Minneapolis, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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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.