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

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

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1
Minneapolis
— Few hours
2
Ely
— 1 night
3
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
4
Washington DC
— 2 nights
5
New York City
— 5 nights

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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): contemplate the waterfront views at Silverwood Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes.

Make your Minneapolis itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Toronto, Canada to Minneapolis is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Silverwood Park
Highlights from your plan
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. On the 5th (Fri), stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, thenexamine the collection at International Wolf Center, thenget curious at North American Bear Center, and finally stroll through Soudan Underground Mine.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ely online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Ely takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in July, with highs in Ely at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

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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 view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery. Keep things going the next day: hike along Honeymoon Bluff, admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park, and then take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Marais trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in July, you will find days in Grand Marais are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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.
National Air and Space Museum and Antietam National Battlefield are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Art and The National Archives Museum. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary tool.

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. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Grand Marais in July: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

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
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ©

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Hamilton Grange National Memorial. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Bronx Zoo in Bronx--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Times Square, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, get a taste of the local shopping with Fifth Avenue, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New York City online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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