10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota attractions planner

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Duluth
— 3 nights
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Ely
— 1 night
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Minneapolis
— 5 nights
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Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Bring the kids along to Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Aerial Lift Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, stroll around Leif Erikson Park, stroll through Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and make a trip to Enger Park.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Duluth tour itinerary website.

Indianapolis to Duluth is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Indianapolis to Duluth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Indianapolis in September: high temperatures in Duluth hover around 68°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ely

— 1 night
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get curious at North American Bear Center and then stroll through Soudan Underground Mine.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ely online trip builder.

You can drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Duluth in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ely, with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Minneapolis

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Minnehaha Park and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis road trip planning website.

You can fly from Ely to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ely in September, with highs in Minneapolis at 75°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · 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.