15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
New Ulm
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Wabasha
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Duluth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Get in touch with nature at Baker Park Reserve and Summit Avenue. Minneapolis Institute of Art and Science Museum of Minnesota are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery (in Waconia) and Square Lake Park (in Stillwater). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, take a stroll through Mississippi Mile, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Minneapolis trip itinerary planning tool .

Washington DC to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Minneapolis to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Baker Park Reserve, Round Lake Park and Beach, Square Lake Park, Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mill City Museum ©
Mill City Museum
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

1
night
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Brown County Historical Society, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Schell's, and then learn about winemaking at Morgan Creek Vineyards.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the New Ulm travel planner .

Getting from Minneapolis to New Ulm by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wabasha.

Things to do in New Ulm

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Wineries
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Brown County Historical Society ©
Brown County Historical Society

1
night
Wabasha

Wabasha ©
Wabasha is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at LARK Toys and then look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Wabasha online trip planner .

Getting from New Ulm to Wabasha by car takes about 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Wabasha can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Wabasha

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

LARK Toys
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National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys

5
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Visiting Gooseberry Falls State Park and Brighton Beach Park will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Canal Park and Split Rock Lighthouse capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area & Castle Danger Brewery). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Spirit Mountain.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wabasha to Duluth takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Wabasha in June, expect Duluth to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Canal Park ©
Canal Park
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 4th (Thu), see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, and then view the masterpieces at Brandenburg Gallery. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Bear Head Lake State Park, get engrossed in the history at Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ely online travel planner .

Drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Ely when traveling from Duluth in July, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Soudan Underground Mine, Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum
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North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

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