12 days in Minnesota, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

12 days in Minnesota, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

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12 days in Minnesota, Washington DC & New York City Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  5​h
1
Minneapolis
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Ely
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
4
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Silverwood Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip itinerary maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Minneapolis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. July in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Silverwood Park
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Chain of Lakes ©
Chain of Lakes
Silverwood Park ©
Silverwood Park

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night
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company, see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, then see the interesting displays at North American Bear Center, and finally admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Ely vacation builder website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Minneapolis to Ely in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Minneapolis in July: high temperatures in Ely hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
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North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Temperance River State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, and then shop like a local with Sivertson Gallery. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Honeymoon Bluff, immerse yourself in nature at Grand Portage State Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip site .

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in July, you will find days in Grand Marais are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Temperance River State Park, Cascade River State Park, Grand Portage State Park
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Escape the urban bustle at Antietam National Battlefield and National Zoological Park. Get a sense of the local culture at National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and examine the collection at The National Archives Museum.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC attractions planning website .

Explore your travel options from Grand Marais to Washington DC with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Marais to Washington DC is 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Marais in July, with highs in Washington DC at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Antietam National Battlefield
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and The Eight Senses. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Bronx Zoo in Bronx, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Times Square, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in New York City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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