23 days in Minnesota Itinerary

23 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Ely
— 3 nights
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Saint Cloud
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis
— 6 nights
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Rochester
— 4 nights
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Ely

— 3 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Ely is known for museums, childrens museums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of International Wolf Center, admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, don't miss a visit to Listening Point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Birch Lake.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ely trip app.

New York City to Ely is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from New York City to Ely, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Ely: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 3 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, High Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, get outside with Artists Point, and explore the wide array of goods at Lake Superior Trading Post.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Marais online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. When traveling from Ely in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Grand Marais: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll around Enger Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, and take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Duluth holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Duluth are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Saint Cloud

— 2 nights
St. On the 10th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, take in the pleasant sights at Lake George, and then make a trip to Sinclair Lewis Avenue. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Saint John's University, take an in-depth tour of The Meeker County Museum at the G.A.R Hall, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lupulin Brewing.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Cloud journey planning app.

Getting from Duluth to Saint Cloud by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Duluth in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint Cloud, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery in Waconia (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, stroll around Lebanon Hills Regional Park, and admire the natural beauty at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip app.

Drive from Saint Cloud to Minneapolis in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saint Cloud in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Minneapolis, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rochester

— 4 nights
Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to National Eagle Center (in Wabasha), Winona (Polish Museum, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more) and The Fremont Store (in Lewiston). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Assisi Heights, indulge in some personalized pampering at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, and make a trip to Gonda Building.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rochester online journey builder.

Getting from Minneapolis to Rochester by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Rochester sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.