10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip planner
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Make it your trip
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly
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Ely
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bemidji
— 2 nights
Drive

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Minneapolis — 1 night

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.
On the 24th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Minneapolis City Hall, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Russian Art, and then stop by General Store of Minnetonka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Minnesota Children's Museum, take a stroll through Summit Avenue, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Urban Growler Brewing Company.

Before you visit Minneapolis, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Minneapolis. In December, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 28°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Ely.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors
Side Trips

Ely — 1 night

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures and then trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ely journey planning site.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Ely in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Minneapolis in December, things will get a bit cooler in Ely: highs are around 19°F and lows about 4°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Marais.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Trails

Grand Marais — 3 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Joe's Inland Fishing and Cascade River State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sivertson Gallery and Grand Portage National Monument. It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest and admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Marais road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in December, things will get a bit warmer in Grand Marais: highs are around 26°F and lows about 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Duluth.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Duluth — 2 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Duluth Depot, don't miss a visit to Bob Dylan Way, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Lake Superior Art Glass. On the next day, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Castle Danger Brewery and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bent Paddle Brewing Co..

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Duluth trip builder.

Drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°F in December, and nighttime lows around 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Bemidji.
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Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Classes
Side Trip

Bemidji — 2 nights

Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): engage your brain at Headwaters Science Center and then appreciate the history behind Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then make a trip to Sculpture Walk.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bemidji online route planner.

Getting from Duluth to Bemidji by car takes about 3 hours. In December, Bemidji is a bit cooler than Duluth - with highs of 20°F and lows of 5°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Side Trip

Minnesota travel guide

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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.
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