12 days in Minnesota & New York City Itinerary

12 days in Minnesota & New York City Itinerary

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12 days in Minnesota & New York City Itinerary

Start: Brainerd
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Bloomington
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
3
Duluth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Brainerd

1
night
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at FlyOver America and then get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, then get your game on at Extreme Sandbox, and then get your game on at The Escape Game.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bloomington trip planner .

Brainerd to Bloomington is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Brainerd in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bloomington, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Bloomington

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Minneapolis, Extreme Sandbox
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FlyOver America ©
FlyOver America
Chain of Lakes ©
Chain of Lakes
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe

5
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, make a trip to Grand Central Terminal, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Bloomington to New York City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bloomington to New York City due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

1
night
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, kick back and relax at Park Point, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, then snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, and finally trek along Superior Hiking Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Duluth online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from New York City to Duluth takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Duluth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Duluth to be a bit cooler, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Superior Hiking Trail
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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Congdon Park ©
Congdon Park
Park Point ©
Park Point

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): hike along Trezona Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Birch Lake, and then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Kawishiwi Falls Trail and then head outdoors with Canadian Border Outfitters.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Ely driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in June: highs in Ely hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Soudan Underground Mine, Birch Lake
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Birch Lake ©
Birch Lake
Canadian Border Outfitters ©
Canadian Border Outfitters
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

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