14 days in Minnesota & Wilmington Itinerary

14 days in Minnesota & Wilmington Itinerary

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14 days in Minnesota & Wilmington Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Alexandria
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Bemidji
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Two Harbors
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
6
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Minneapolis

1
day
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Carlos Creek Winery, see the interesting displays at Runestone Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Big Ole Viking Statue, and finally appreciate the history behind Kensington Runestone.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Alexandria online route maker .

Minneapolis to Alexandria is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In June, daily temperatures in Alexandria can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Alexandria

Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery
Big Ole Viking Statue ©
Big Ole Viking Statue

2
nights
Bemidji

Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Leech Lake and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bemidji State Park, then hike along Rabideau CCC camp, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sculpture Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bemidji planner .

Drive from Alexandria to Bemidji in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Alexandria in June since evenings lows in Bemidji dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Bemidji

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Walker, Rabideau CCC camp
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Bear Head Lake State Park and Bass Lake Trail. Museum-lovers will appreciate North American Bear Center and International Wolf Center. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Vermilion Falls (in Orr) and Vermilion Gorge Trail (in Crane Lake). The adventure continues: trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, stroll through Trezona Trail, and immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ely driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bemidji to Ely in 3.5 hours. June in Ely sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Vermilion Gorge Trail, Vermilion Falls, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Bass Lake Trail ©
Bass Lake Trail

2
nights
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Two Harbors Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Palisade Head, and then admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Superior Hiking Trail, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Castle Danger Brewery.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Two Harbors tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Ely to Two Harbors by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Palisade Head, Tettegouche State Park
Highlights from your plan
Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park ©
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Escape the urban bustle at High Falls and Grand Portage State Park. Appreciate the collections at Sivertson Gallery and Grand Portage National Monument. Change things up with a short trip to Temperance River State Park in Schroeder (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, and stroll through Cascade River State Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grand Marais online route planner .

Traveling by car from Two Harbors to Grand Marais takes 2 hours. Traveling from Two Harbors in June, things will get slightly colder in Grand Marais: highs are around 61°F and lows about 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Temperance River State Park, Cascade River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Grand Portage State Park ©
Grand Portage State Park

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Haag and Sons Seafood and Trinity United Methodist Church. Appreciate the collections at Franklin Square Gallery and Museum of the Bizarre. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (in Kure Beach), Southport (North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry, & more) and Oak Island Lighthouse (in Oak Island). Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum, and examine the collection at Wilmington Railroad Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wilmington holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Grand Marais to Wilmington with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Marais to Wilmington is 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Marais in July, things will get much warmer in Wilmington: highs are around 89°F and lows about 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Southport, Oak Island, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Cape Fear Museum ©
Cape Fear Museum
Oak Island Lighthouse ©
Oak Island Lighthouse
Wilmington Railroad Museum ©
Wilmington Railroad Museum

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