57 days in Minnesota Itinerary

57 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Red Wing
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Red Wing
— 5 nights
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Winona
— 6 nights
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Mankato
— 6 nights
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Saint Cloud
— 7 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 9 nights
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Grand Marais
— 7 nights
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Ely
— 7 nights
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Minneapolis
— 9 nights
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Red Wing

— 5 nights
Red Wing is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States, along the upper Mississippi River. Kids will appreciate attractions like Barn Bluff and Red Wing Shoes. Change things up with these side-trips from Red Wing: Hastings (LeDuc Historic Estate, Historic Downtown Hastings, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pepin, admire the majestic nature at Frontenac State Park, stop by Fair Trade Books, and hike along Cannon Valley Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Red Wing trip planner.

Indianapolis to Red Wing is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Red Wing is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Indianapolis in November, things will get little chillier in Red Wing: highs are around 44°F and lows about 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Winona.

Things to do in Red Wing

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Winona

— 6 nights
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Explore Winona's surroundings by going to Houston (International Owl Center, Harmony-Preston Valley Trail, &more) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights City Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Great River Bluffs State Park, and see the interesting displays at Watkins Museum and Store.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Winona trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Red Wing to Winona takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Mankato.

Things to do in Winona

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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Mankato

— 6 nights
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Bring the kids along to Sibley Park Zoo and Betsy & Tacy's House Tours & Gift Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Jay C. Hormel Nature Center (in Austin), Fagen Fighters WWII Museum (in Granite Falls) and Myre-Big Island State Park (in Albert Lea). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Cross Country Soaring, immerse yourself in nature at Minneopa State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at River Bend Nature Center, and explore the world behind art at Owatonna Arts Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mankato trip planner.

Getting from Winona to Mankato by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Mankato, expect temperatures between 27°F during the day and 15°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Mankato

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Saint Cloud

— 7 nights
St. Bring the kids along to Crosslake Historic Village and Hemker Park and Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Cloud: Minnesota Military Museum (in Little Falls), Soo Line Depot Museum (in Crosby) and Deep Portage Conservation Reserve and Learning Center (in Hackensack). There's still lots to do: stroll around Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, hike along Blue Hill Trail, and see the interesting displays at Northern Trackers Railroad Club.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Cloud sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Mankato to Saint Cloud in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°F in December, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Duluth

— 9 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Bring the kids along to Gooseberry Falls State Park and Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, walk around Enger Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Lake Superior Art Glass.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Duluth tour planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°F in December, and nighttime lows around 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Grand Marais

— 7 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like LutZen Reflections Massage Studios and Gunflint Mercantile. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, High Falls, &more), Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center (in Schroeder) and Points Unknown (in Hovland). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Artists Point, admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park, shop like a local with Sivertson Gallery, and delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais day trip planning app.

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Ely

— 7 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kids will enjoy Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and The Pebble Spa Co.. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella), Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama) and Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of International Wolf Center, hike along Hellacious Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Palisade Head, and don't miss a visit to Listening Point.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ely trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Ely takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Grand Marais in January, with highs in Ely at 16°F and lows at -4°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Minneapolis

— 9 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Minneapolis Institute of Art and Nickelodeon Universe. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, get to know the resident critters at Minnesota Zoo, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Russian Art, and have fun and explore at Minnesota Children's Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip planner.

Fly from Ely to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ely in January: high temperatures in Minneapolis hover around 24°F and lows are around 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.