12 days in Southeast Michigan & Minnesota Itinerary

12 days in Southeast Michigan & Minnesota Itinerary

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12 days in Southeast Michigan & Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Dearborn
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Get out of town with these interesting Dearborn side-trips: Ann Arbor (Michigan Stadium & Decode Ann Arbor). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Detroit Zoo, explore and take pictures at Comerica Park, and explore the galleries of Motown Museum.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dearborn day trip planning site .

Philadelphia to Dearborn is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Dearborn, with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Dearborn

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Detroit, Ann Arbor, Detroit Zoo
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

3
nights
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse). The adventure continues: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Duluth road trip site .

Getting from Dearborn to Duluth by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dearborn to Duluth. Traveling from Dearborn in August, expect Duluth to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Two Harbors
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Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

4
nights
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.
Take a break from Minneapolis with a short trip to Extreme Sandbox in Hastings, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Target Field, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul, admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, and take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis online vacation planner .

Getting from Duluth to Minneapolis by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Duluth in September, expect nights in Minneapolis to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Extreme Sandbox
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Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

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