60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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60 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Charlotte
Fly:  6​h
Mankato
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Winona
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Grand Marais
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Silver Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Ely
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Orr
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
Duluth
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Minneapolis
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Charlotte

6
days
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sibley Park Zoo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Minneopa State Park and August Schell Brewery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mankato: Sakatah Lake State Park (in Waterville), Rice Lake State Park (in Owatonna) and Diamond Jo Casino (in Northwood). There's lots more to do: stroll through Red Jacket Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mankato Brewery, explore the activities along Spirit Lake, and learn about winemaking at Indian Island Winery.

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Charlotte to Mankato is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Mankato, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in May; daily highs in Mankato reach 68°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Mankato

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Spirit Lake, Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Sakatah Lake State Park, Pilot Knob State Park
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Spirit Lake ©
Spirit Lake
Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

6
days
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elroy-Sparta State Trail and Lark Toys. Bring the kids along to Children's Museum of La Crosse and National Eagle Center. Explore Winona's surroundings by going to Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (in Preston), Decorah (Trout Run Trail & Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm) and Wildcat Mountain State Park (in Ontario). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Great River Bluffs State Park, admire the majestic nature at Frontenac State Park, get your game on at Action City, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sugar Loaf.

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Traveling by car from Mankato to Winona takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Winona

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

La Crosse, Decorah, Kellogg, Red Cedar State Trail, Action City
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Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park ©
Lark Toys ©
Lark Toys
Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm ©

7
days
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cascade River State Park and Judge C.R. Magney State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, Pigeon River, & more), Points Unknown (in Hovland) and North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Lutsen Mountains, tee off at Superior National Golf Course, browse the range of quality goods at Lake Superior Trading Post, and take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grand Marais trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Winona to Grand Marais in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Winona in June: high temperatures in Grand Marais hover around 62°F and lows are around 45°F. You will leave for Silver Bay on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Grand Marais

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Lutsen, Gunflint Trail, Points Unknown, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Lutsen Mountains ©
Lutsen Mountains

6
days
Silver Bay

Silver Bay ©
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves and Tettegouche State Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Big Bay Town Park and Houghton Falls Nature Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Ehlers General Store (in Cornucopia), Copper Peak (in Ironwood) and Bayfield (Apostle Highlands Golf Course, Hauser's Superior View Orchard, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Palisade Head, enjoy the sea views from Split Rock Lighthouse, trek along Tettegouche Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Baptism River.

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You can drive from Grand Marais to Silver Bay in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Marais, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Silver Bay, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Silver Bay

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayfield, Beaver Bay, Big Bay Town Park, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Tettegouche State Park
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Baptism River ©
Baptism River
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore ©

7
days
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Kawishiwi Falls Trail and Bear Head Lake State Park. Attractions like Piragis Northwoods Company and North American Bear Center make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Ely with a short trip to Giants Ridge Recreation Area in Biwabik, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, contemplate the long history of Dorothy Molter Museum, trek along Trezona Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bass Lake Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ely road trip site .

You can drive from Silver Bay to Ely in 1.5 hours. June in Ely sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toOrr.

Things to do in Ely

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Giants Ridge Recreation Area, Soudan Underground Mine State Park
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Bass Lake Trail ©
Bass Lake Trail
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips

6
days
Orr

Orr ©
Orr is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary and Forest History Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Bog State Recreation Area (in Waskish), Smokey Bear park (in International Falls) and Giant Loon (in Virginia). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Scenic State Park, examine the collection at Greyhound Bus Museum, explore the activities along Crane Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ellsworth Rock Gardens.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Orr trip planner .

You can drive from Ely to Orr in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Orr are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Orr

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Voyageurs National Park, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Chisholm, Big Bog State Recreation Area
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Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
Big Bog State Recreation Area ©
Big Bog State Recreation Area
Scenic State Park ©
Scenic State Park

9
days
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Park Point and Oberg Mountain Loop. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Tremblays Sweet Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Superior Hiking Trail, Two Harbors Lighthouse, & more), Pattison State Park (in Superior) and Hayward (American Birkebeiner Trail & Wilderness Walk). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Amnicon Falls State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, meet the residents at Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society, and take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip planner.

Traveling by car from Orr to Duluth takes 2 hours. Traveling from Orr in July, Duluth is a bit warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Duluth

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Hayward, Two Harbors, Superior, Big Bay Town Park, Bois Brule River
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Amnicon Falls State Park ©
Amnicon Falls State Park
Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park
Superior Hiking Trail ©
Superior Hiking Trail

12
days
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nickelodeon Universe and Minnesota Children's Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Willow River State Park and Barn Bluff. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Nerstrand Big Woods State Park (in Nerstrand), Cannon Valley Trail (in Cannon Falls) and Franconia Sculpture Park (in Shafer). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Target Field, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and immerse yourself in nature at Interstate State Park.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip planner .

You can drive from Duluth to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Duluth, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Minneapolis, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Saint Croix Falls, Hastings, Stillwater
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Target Field ©
Target Field
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Willow River State Park ©
Willow River State Park

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