12 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

12 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA tour itinerary planner

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Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly to Duluth, Drive to Ely
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Ely
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary tool.

Manama, Bahrain to Chicago is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Manama in March, with highs in Chicago at 8°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ely

— 3 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get outdoors at White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures and Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Gooseberry Falls State Park (in Two Harbors) and Tettegouche Trail (in Silver Bay). It doesn't end there: trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and stroll through Trezona Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ely road trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chicago to Ely takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in Ely hover around 8°C and lows are around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Central Park Ice Skating Trail and Chain of Lakes. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, and get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Ely to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, Minneapolis is somewhat warmer than Ely - with highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips