10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Ely
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, see the interesting displays at North American Bear Center, then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and finally don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center. Keep things going the next day: stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, then take in the exciting artwork at Brandenburg Gallery, then trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, and finally hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

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San Francisco to Ely is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Ely, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Soudan Underground Mine, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Visit Split Rock Lighthouse and Lakewalk for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Canal Park and Lake Superior Railroad Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, Gooseberry Falls State Park, & more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, kick back and relax at Park Point, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip builder tool .

Getting from Ely to Duluth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ely in June, plan for slightly colder days in Duluth, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©

3
nights
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.
Minneapolis Institute of Art and Mill City Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Baker Park Reserve and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Take a break from Minneapolis with a short trip to Square Lake Park in Stillwater, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, have fun at Target Field, tour the pleasant surroundings at Round Lake Park and Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip planning site .

You can drive from Duluth to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in June: high temperatures in Minneapolis hover around 79°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Square Lake Park, Round Lake Park and Beach, Baker Park Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Baker Park Reserve ©
Baker Park Reserve
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mill City Museum ©
Mill City Museum

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