14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Lake Itasca
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Winona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
day
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mississippi Headwaters, then get to know the fascinating history of Peace Pipe Vista, and then admire the majestic nature at Itasca State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Lake Itasca online trip maker .

San Francisco to Lake Itasca is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Lake Itasca can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

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

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at International Wolf Center, then see the interesting displays at North American Bear Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and finally make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Vermilion Falls, then trek along Vermilion Gorge Trail, and then hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ely route maker app .

Drive from Lake Itasca to Ely in 4 hours. In June, Ely is a bit cooler than Lake Itasca - with highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Vermilion Falls, Vermilion Gorge Trail, Soudan Underground Mine
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 20th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Temperance River State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at High Falls, examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, and then take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Marais vacation builder site .

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in June, expect nights in Grand Marais to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Duluth

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 (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, see the interesting displays at Canal Park, explore the striking landscape of Congdon Park, and get advice or help at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip planner .

Getting from Grand Marais to Duluth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in Duluth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, admire all the interesting features of Garvin Heights, and then stroll through Lake Park.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Winona itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Duluth to Winona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Duluth in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Winona: highs are around 78°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Winona

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum

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.
When in Minneapolis, make a side trip to see Extreme Sandbox in Hastings, approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, meet the residents at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and test your team's savvy at The Escape Game.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis online trip builder .

You can drive from Winona to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Extreme Sandbox
Highlights from your plan
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

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