19 days in Minnesota Itinerary

19 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota vacation planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Minneapolis
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Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lake Itasca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ely
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Winona
— 2 nights
Drive to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Fly to Cardiff

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud to see Munsinger Gardens about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE at Mall of America.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip itinerary builder website.

Cardiff, UK to Minneapolis is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Cardiff to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cardiff in June, expect Minneapolis to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Lake Itasca

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Aiton Heights Fire Tower, admire the majestic nature at Itasca State Park, and then explore the activities along Lake Itasca. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Wilderness Drive, then get to know the fascinating history of Peace Pipe Vista, and then don't miss a visit to Mississippi Headwaters.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lake Itasca day trip planner.

Getting from Minneapolis to Lake Itasca by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Minneapolis in July since evenings lows in Lake Itasca dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Ely

— 3 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of Ely to go to Orr and see Vermilion Falls, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at North American Bear Center, make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, examine the collection at International Wolf Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ely travel route builder website.

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Ely in 4 hours. Traveling from Lake Itasca in July, expect Ely to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 3 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, do a tasting at North Shore Winery, and trek along Honeymoon Bluff.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grand Marais tour planner.

Drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in July, you will find days in Grand Marais are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Duluth

— 4 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park) and Beaver Bay Agate Shop (in Beaver Bay). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll around Leif Erikson Park, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Duluth trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. In July, Duluth is a bit warmer than Grand Marais - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Winona

— 2 nights
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. On the 17th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, make a trip to Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, then stroll around Lake Park, and finally cruise along Garvin Heights City Park.

Plan my trip to Winona with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Duluth to Winona by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Winona

Parks · Scenic Drive · Museums · Outdoors

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · Shopping Malls · Parks
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.