12 days in Minnesota & Athol Itinerary

12 days in Minnesota & Athol Itinerary

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Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ely
— 1 night
Drive
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Park Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Cloud
— 1 night
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Drive to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Fly to Spokane International Airport, Drive to Athol
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Athol
— 3 nights
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Drive to Spokane International Airport, Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Bloomington
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Bloomington
— 3 nights
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Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Aerial Lift Bridge. Go for a jaunt from Duluth to Two Harbors to see Gooseberry Falls State Park about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll around Canal Park, get outside with Swiftwater Adventures, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, and look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Duluth trip planner.

Chicago to Duluth is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, Duluth is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Ely

— 1 night
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 27th (Thu), get curious at North American Bear Center, examine the collection at International Wolf Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ely trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Ely takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Ely when traveling from Duluth in August, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Park Rapids.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Park Rapids

— 1 night
Park Rapids is a city in and the county seat of Hubbard County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to World's Largest Muskie, then get in on the family fun at Evergreen Gifts & Fun Park, then kick your exploration up a notch at Character Challenge Course, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Aiton Heights Fire Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Park Rapids trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Ely to Park Rapids in 3.5 hours. In August in Park Rapids, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Park Rapids

Theme Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Saint Cloud

— 1 night
St. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for gifts at Thomsen's Greenhouse, then stroll around Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Munsinger Gardens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Saint Cloud driving holiday app.

Drive from Park Rapids to Saint Cloud in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Saint Cloud can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Athol.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Athol

— 3 nights
Athol is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Family-friendly places like Silverwood Theme Park and Sandpoint City Beach will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Athol side-trips: Lake Pend Oreille Cruises (in Sandpoint) and Lake Pend Oreille (in Hope). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Farragut State Park and get in on the family fun at Triple Play Family Fun Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Athol online itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saint Cloud to Athol. Traveling from Saint Cloud to Athol, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in Athol, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Athol

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bloomington

— 3 nights
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Attractions like Nickelodeon Universe and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, see the interesting displays at Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, get engrossed in the history at Mill City Museum, and browse the different shops at Mall of America.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bloomington route site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Athol to Bloomington. Traveling from Athol to Bloomington, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bloomington when traveling from Athol in September, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
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.