15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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

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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.
Take a break from Minneapolis with a short trip to Extreme Sandbox in Hastings, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, browse the different shops at Mall of America, and find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Minneapolis. In June in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Cloud.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Extreme Sandbox
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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night
Saint Cloud

Saint Cloud ©
St. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll around Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, then take in nature's colorful creations at Clemens Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint Cloud vacation planner.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Minneapolis in June since evenings lows in Saint Cloud dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Saint Cloud

Parks Wildlife

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

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nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
On the 6th (Sat), make a trip to Mississippi Headwaters, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Peace Pipe Vista, and then explore and take pictures at Wilderness Drive. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Itasca, immerse yourself in nature at Itasca State Park, and then trek along La Salle Lake State Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Itasca itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Lake Itasca takes 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Lake Itasca can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
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Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Lake Itasca ©
Lake Itasca
La Salle Lake State Recreation Area ©

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nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of Ely with an excursion to Temperance River State Park in Schroeder--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, explore the activities along Bear Head Lake State Park, make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, and see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Ely driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Ely in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lake Itasca in June; daily highs in Ely reach 71°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Soudan Underground Mine, Temperance River, Temperance River State Park
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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

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nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park) and Split Rock Loop Trail (in Beaver Bay). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll around Enger Park, don't miss a visit to Canal Park, and contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Duluth day trip site.

Drive from Ely to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in June, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Split Rock Loop Trail
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Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

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Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. On the 14th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Winona National Bank, then stroll around Lake Park, and finally admire all the interesting features of Garvin Heights City Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Merchants Bank, then identify plant and animal life at National Eagle Center, and then go for a walk through Holzinger Lodge Trails.

Before you visit Winona, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Duluth to Winona by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Duluth in June, expect Winona to be a bit warmer, temps between 78°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

National Eagle Center
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Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Holzinger Lodge Trails ©
Holzinger Lodge Trails

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