11 days in Minnesota & Outer Banks Itinerary

11 days in Minnesota & Outer Banks Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
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Bloomington
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kill Devil Hills
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
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Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Duluth, Drive to Ely
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Ely
— 3 nights
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Bloomington

— 3 nights
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Attractions like Nickelodeon Universe and Mall of America make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Bloomington side-trips: National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Faribault Woolen Mill (in Faribault). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, examine the collection at Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, learn more about the world around you at Science Museum of Minnesota, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bloomington trip planner.

Hibbing to Bloomington is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Hibbing in March, expect Bloomington to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°F and 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kill Devil Hills.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills

— 2 nights
Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. On the 21st (Sun), enjoy the sea views from Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, then see Off-Road Tours, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours, and finally stop by Salty Paws Biscuits. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, then explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, and finally get in on the family fun at Full Throttle Speedway.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kill Devil Hills journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Bloomington to Kill Devil Hills takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Bloomington to Kill Devil Hills is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bloomington in March: high temperatures in Kill Devil Hills hover around 55°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Kill Devil Hills

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hatteras Island

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hatteras Island holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kill Devil Hills to Hatteras Island takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Hatteras Island can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Ely.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Nature · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Ely

— 3 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures and Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips. Venture out of the city with trips to Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella), Silver Bay (Tettegouche Trail & Onyx Beach) and Gooseberry Falls State Park (in Two Harbors). And it doesn't end there: hike along Trezona Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at The Pebble Spa Co., and don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ely road trip site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Hatteras Island to Ely in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hatteras Island to Ely. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Hatteras Island in March; daily highs in Ely reach 33°F and lows reach 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
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.

Outer Banks travel guide

4.6
Lighthouses · Historic Sites · Piers & Boardwalks
A trip to Outer Banks takes visitors to a string of barrier islands just off the North Carolina coast. A holiday in Outer Banks is a chance to explore 320 km (200 mi) of state parks, open sea beaches, and wreck diving sites. It's also the perfect chance to visit Roanoke Island, England's original settlement in the New World. For those looking to add a bit of adrenaline to their experience, a vacation in Outer Banks delivers many different fishing options and methods, some of which hark back to the first European settlers in this part of the world.