** this will be Cross-posted but ANY input would be helpful**
2 of us - 40+ coming to Minnesota in October- due to my schedule looking like possibly 3rd or 4 th week which may be late for color but..
I would like to stay 2 nights in DULUTH but not sure this late it is worth it...
Love to see the lift bridge at night- and breathe in the cool air-
we are not party people- we need a quiet midwest escape from hustle of life.
- Would like to spend the next day driving up to Split Rock and maybe Grand Marais- see the waterfalls-stop for lunch- not sure the pie place everyone raves about will be open... and then considered staying 1 night in Grand Marais -which would eliminate a night in Duluth but looks like a lot of that area closes around the 22nd... which I may have to arrive after that due to work.
If I did that then I would want suggestions going south from Duluth- along the Mississippi to fill 1 week.- I have 1 week.
Fly into Minneapolis-
First night stay in Stillwater -
next day spend time around Stillwater- maybe take a boat on the river-
2. Redwing or Winona.. though on the map they aren't far from Stillwater
3. Lanesboro need its own night or can it be done as a day trip from Redwing or Winona?
4. LaCrosse- 1 night of its own or Prairie Du Chien WISC or 1 night each?
6. ?? Not sure if time for anything else-
Only have essentially 7 nights
And since I am this far south- not sure if it is best to fly out of Chicago- not returned a car or flown out of Chicago--
Suggestions- Foodie stops -Historic -interested in Villa Louis (by Prairie Du Chien) Lake Pepin/ the state parks along the Mississippi- hours of daylight are shorter but like to get up early and be done driving by dark.
Not sure if my current itinerary is TOO aggressive - maybe need 7 nights along river