12 days in Minnesota Itinerary

12 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota visit planner

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Make it your trip
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Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ely
— 2 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wabasha
— 1 night
Drive to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Fly to Kuwait City

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Minneapolis

— 4 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.
Head to Mall of America and Minnesota's Largest Candy Storefor plenty of shopping. Attractions like Minnehaha Park and Nickelodeon Universe make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Baker Park Reserve in Maple Plain (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Summit Avenue, make a trip to Minnehaha Falls, explore the landscape on two wheels at Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE at Mall of America.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait to Minneapolis is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Minneapolis. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuwait City in August; daily highs in Minneapolis reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ely

— 2 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail and then admire all the interesting features of International Wolf Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at North American Bear Center.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ely sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Ely takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Minneapolis in September: high temperatures in Ely hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Attractions like Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Brighton Beach Park make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Park Point and Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area. Go for a jaunt from Duluth to Two Harbors to see Gooseberry Falls State Park about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn something new at Lake Superior Art Glass, take an in-depth tour of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and stroll around Canal Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ely to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in September, Duluth is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wabasha.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Wabasha

— 1 night
Wabasha is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at National Eagle Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Wabasha day trip site.

Getting from Duluth to Wabasha by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in September: highs in Wabasha hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wabasha

Wildlife · Parks
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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.