15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Rochester
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Asheville

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Julian H. Sleeper House Museum, Wayzata Depot, Paisley Park, and other attractions. Step out of Minneapolis to go to Chanhassen and see Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Mall of America, take in the views from Wabasha Street Bridge, engage your brain at Science Museum of Minnesota, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis day trip website .

Asheville to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Asheville to Minneapolis. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Asheville in April: high temperatures in Minneapolis hover around 54°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Chanhassen, Bloomington, Wayzata Depot, Warden's House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Mill City Museum ©
Mill City Museum

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dorothy Molter Museum, Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum, Minnesota Discovery Center, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Listening Point, identify plant and animal life at North American Bear Center, and stroll through International Wolf Center.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ely tour itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Minneapolis to Ely in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in April, with highs in Ely at 45°F and lows at 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Ely

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tower, Minnesota Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Listening Point ©
Listening Point
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center

3
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, Two Harbors Lighthouse, Superior Entry Lighthouse, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, examine the collection at Tweed Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Duluth vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ely to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in April, Duluth is a bit warmer at night with lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Superior Entry Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate ©
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

3
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Village of Yesteryear, Mayowood Mansion and Plummer House. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Garvin Heights (in Winona). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, make a trip to The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite, deepen your understanding at Quarry Hill Nature Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Gonda Building.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rochester online attractions planner .

Getting from Duluth to Rochester by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Duluth, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rochester, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

National Eagle Center, Garvin Heights City Park, Village of Yesteryear
Highlights from your plan
Plummer House ©
Plummer House
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

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