13 days in Minnesota Itinerary

13 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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13 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Winona
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, nature, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, take an in-depth tour of Science Museum of Minnesota, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Minnesota.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis tour planner.

New York City to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Minneapolis. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Minneapolis to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°F and 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Candyland
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Target Field ©
Target Field

3
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, and snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip tool .

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in January, and nighttime lows around 7°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Two Harbors
Highlights from your plan
Canal Park ©
Canal Park
Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): ski along the peaceful trails at Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails and then hike along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips. On the next day, stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, view the masterpieces at Brandenburg Gallery, then make a trip to Listening Point, then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and finally don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ely itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Duluth to Ely takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Duluth in January, with highs in Ely at 16°F and lows at -4°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails, Soudan Underground Mine, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Listening Point ©
Listening Point
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

2
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Explore Winona's surroundings by going to Rochester (Room Escape Games, Gonda Building, & more) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights, admire all the interesting features of Old Hwy 61, and examine the collection at Polish Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Winona trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ely to Winona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ely in January, with highs in Winona at 26°F and lows at 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Winona

Outdoors Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Rochester, National Eagle Center
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Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Room Escape Games

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