10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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10 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Lake Itasca
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Wabasha
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the striking features of Basilica of St. Mary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, then get your game on at The Escape Game, and finally admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip itinerary site .

Washington DC to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Minneapolis is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in September, expect Minneapolis to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Saint Paul
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Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul
Basilica of St. Mary ©
Basilica of St. Mary

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lakewalk and Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate. Get in touch with nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park and Hawk Ridge. When in Duluth, make a side trip to see Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, find something for the whole family at Adventure Zone, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Vikre Distillery, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip planning tool .

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Two Harbors
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Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at International Wolf Center, then explore the galleries of North American Bear Center, then go deep underground at Soudan Underground Mine, and finally make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Canadian Border Outfitters and then hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ely trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Duluth in September since evenings lows in Ely dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Soudan Underground Mine, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center
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North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

1
night
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Peace Pipe Vista, then make a trip to Mississippi Headwaters, and then immerse yourself in nature at Itasca State Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Itasca travel route builder tool .

Getting from Ely to Lake Itasca by car takes about 4 hours. September in Lake Itasca sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wabasha.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park

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day
Wabasha

Wabasha ©
Wabasha is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Reads Landing and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Wabasha journey planning website .

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Wabasha in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wabasha

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Reads Landing
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National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Reads Landing ©
Reads Landing

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