11 days in Minnesota Itinerary

11 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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11 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Mankato
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Bemidji
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Silver Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Grand Portage
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  37​h
End: Durban

1
day
Mankato

Mankato ©
Mankato is a city in Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties in the state of Minnesota. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibley Park Zoo, then immerse yourself in nature at Minneopa State Park, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mankato using our trip planner.

Durban, South Africa to Mankato is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. June in Mankato sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Mankato

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park
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1
day
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, engage your brain at Headwaters Science Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sculpture Walk, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Lake Bemidji State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bemidji road trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mankato to Bemidji. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mankato in June; daily highs in Bemidji reach 26°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Bemidji

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Headwaters Science Center ©
Headwaters Science Center
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trezona Trail and Bass Lake Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Vermilion Falls and Kawishiwi Falls Trail. Step out of Ely with an excursion to Vermilion Gorge Trail in Crane Lake--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Bear Head Lake State Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Soudan Underground Mine, make a trip to Sheridan Street, and explore the galleries of North American Bear Center.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Ely online trip builder .

You can drive from Bemidji to Ely in 3.5 hours. In June in Ely, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Vermilion Falls, Soudan Underground Mine, Vermilion Gorge Trail
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Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Bass Lake Trail ©
Bass Lake Trail

2
nights
Silver Bay

Silver Bay ©
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Palisade Head, admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hellacious Overlook. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park, trek along Tettegouche Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Shovel Point.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Silver Bay travel route builder site .

Getting from Ely to Silver Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Silver Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Portage.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Tettegouche State Park, Palisade Head
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Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head
Shovel Point ©
Shovel Point
Tettegouche State Park ©
Tettegouche State Park

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Grand Portage

Grand Portage ©
Grand Portage is an unorganized territory in Cook County, Minnesota, on Lake Superior, at the northeast corner of the state near the border with northwestern Ontario. On the 4th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at High Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Grand Portage State Park, and then examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Portage vacation maker .

Getting from Silver Bay to Grand Portage by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Portage

Parks Nature Museums
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Grand Portage State Park ©
Grand Portage State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument

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