10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Silver Bay
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Duluth, Fly to Seattle



— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Mill City Museum, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and then get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe. Keep things going the next day: walk around Mill Ruins Park, explore and take pictures at Summit Avenue, then contemplate the long history of Historic Fort Snelling, and finally walk around Minnehaha Park.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis driving holiday planner.

Seattle to Minneapolis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. August in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 3 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Cascade River State Park and Grand Portage State Forest. Kids will enjoy Judge C.R. Magney State Park and Joe's Inland Fishing. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument & High Falls) and Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, get a taste of the local shopping with Sivertson Gallery, and look for gifts at Joynes Department Store & Ben Franklin.

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Getting from Minneapolis to Grand Marais by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in August; daily highs in Grand Marais reach 70°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Silver Bay

— 3 nights
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Two Harbors Lighthouse and Onyx Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shovel Point and Split Rock Loop Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Silver Bay side-trips: Two Harbors (The Lake County Historical Society Museum & Agate Bay Beach). There's lots more to do: trek along Tettegouche Trail, stroll through Hellacious Overlook, and contemplate the waterfront views at Caribou River.

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Getting from Grand Marais to Silver Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Silver Bay are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, then steep yourself in history at Dorothy Molter Museum, and then stop by Piragis Northwoods Company. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Bear Head Lake State Park and then engage your brain at North American Bear Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ely trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Silver Bay to Ely in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

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.