14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

14 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota journey planner
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Ely
— 1 night
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Rochester
— 3 nights
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Minneapolis — 3 nights

The City of Lakes

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Stillwater Lift Bridge (in Stillwater) and Pine Tree Apple Orchard (in White Bear Lake). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, see the interesting displays at Paisley Park, browse the different shops at Mall of America, and take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip itinerary maker.

Newark to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Minneapolis is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Newark in October, expect Minneapolis to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Ely.
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Ely — 1 night

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 6th (Thu), make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Soudan Underground Mine, then get curious at North American Bear Center, and finally hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ely trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Minneapolis in October: high temperatures in Ely hover around 52°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Marais.
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Grand Marais — 2 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park, admire the sheer force of High Falls, and then trek along Honeymoon Bluff. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, and then immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais trip planner.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Ely in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 40°F in Grand Marais. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.
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Duluth — 4 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll through Enger Park, explore the striking landscape of Congdon Park, and don't miss a visit to Canal Park.

Start your trip to Duluth by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. October in Duluth sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Rochester.
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Rochester — 3 nights

Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rochester: Winona (Winona National Bank, Old Hwy 61, &more), Barn Bluff (in Red Wing) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rochester day trip planner.

You can fly from Duluth to Rochester in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.
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