14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint Cloud
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lake Itasca
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Winona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

2
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.
Go for a jaunt from Minneapolis to Chanhassen to see Minnesota Landscape Arboretum about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy some diversion at Target Field, stroll around Minnehaha Park, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip planning site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Minneapolis. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Game Show Battle Rooms, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Candyland
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

1
night
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll around Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, hike along Beaver Islands Trail, then admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Clemens Gardens, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Beaver Island Brewing Company.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint Cloud trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, Saint Cloud is slightly colder at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
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Clemens Gardens ©
Clemens Gardens
Munsinger Gardens ©
Munsinger Gardens
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve ©
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

1
night
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Itasca, immerse yourself in nature at Itasca State Park, then don't miss a visit to Mississippi Headwaters, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Peace Pipe Vista.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lake Itasca trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Lake Itasca takes 3 hours. In August in Lake Itasca, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Lake Itasca ©
Lake Itasca

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, identify plant and animal life at International Wolf Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at North American Bear Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and finally don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Birch Lake, then see the interesting displays at Dorothy Molter Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Crane Lake, and finally admire the sheer force of Vermilion Falls.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ely day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Lake Itasca to Ely takes 4 hours. Traveling from Lake Itasca in August, expect Ely to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Soudan Underground Mine, Vermilion Falls, Birch Lake, Crane Lake
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at High Falls, then examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Temperance River State Park, and finally explore the activities along Temperance River.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grand Marais trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Ely to Grand Marais by car takes about 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Two Harbors (Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, Split Rock Lighthouse, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, walk around Enger Park, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Duluth driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Duluth are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

2
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. On the 21st (Fri), cruise along Garvin Heights, admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, then examine the collection at LARK Toys, and finally identify plant and animal life at National Eagle Center. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Niagara Cave, then contemplate the waterfront views at Root River, and finally appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.

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You can drive from Duluth to Winona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Duluth, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Winona, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

National Eagle Center, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, LARK Toys, Niagara Cave, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

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