14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Asheville
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Duluth
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Saint Paul
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Rochester
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Asheville

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): deepen your understanding at International Wolf Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at North American Bear Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Listening Point, then trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, and then stroll through Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ely online road trip planner .

Asheville to Ely is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Asheville to Ely, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Asheville in May, expect Ely to be slightly colder, temps between 61°F and 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
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Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Temperance River State Park, then stop by Joynes Department Store & Ben Franklin, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, and then take in the dramatic scenery at High Falls.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Grand Marais trip planner .

Getting from Ely to Grand Marais by car takes about 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ely in May: highs in Grand Marais hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Temperance River State Park, Cascade River State Park
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, and stroll around Canal Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip planner .

Getting from Grand Marais to Duluth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Saint Paul.

Things to do in Duluth

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Saint Paul

Saint Paul ©
The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
Saint Paul is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, childrens museums, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, enjoy some diversion at Target Field, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, and browse the different shops at Mall of America.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Paul online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Duluth to Saint Paul in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in May: high temperatures in Saint Paul hover around 68°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Fun & Games Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Minneapolis, Bloomington, Extreme Sandbox
Highlights from your plan
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Target Field ©
Target Field

2
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Wed), cruise along Garvin Heights, admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial and then identify plant and animal life at National Eagle Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Rochester journey maker site .

You can drive from Saint Paul to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Winona, National Eagle Center
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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