15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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15 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Winona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get in touch with nature at Soudan Underground Mine and Tettegouche Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Silver Bay (Onyx Beach & Shovel Point). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at North American Bear Center, admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park, take a tour by water with Piragis Northwoods Company, and explore and take pictures at International Wolf Center.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ely online route planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ely is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in May; daily highs in Ely reach 19°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Silver Bay, Soudan Underground Mine, Tettegouche State Park, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center
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Shovel Point ©
Shovel Point
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. On the 7th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, then learn about winemaking at North Shore Winery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Temperance River State Park. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park, and then trek along Honeymoon Bluff Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grand Marais tour planner.

Getting from Ely to Grand Marais by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in May, you will find days in Grand Marais are little chillier (14°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lutsen, Temperance River State Park, Grand Portage State Park
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage State Park ©
Grand Portage State Park
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park

3
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get outdoors at Gooseberry Falls State Park and Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, and don't miss a visit to Canal Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Duluth trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. In May in Duluth, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Winona.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Park Point ©
Park Point

2
nights
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. On the 12th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center, and then cruise along Old Hwy 61. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, then explore and take pictures at Garvin Heights, then explore the activities along Root River, and finally make a trip to The Fremont Store.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Winona trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Duluth to Winona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Duluth in May, with highs in Winona at 23°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Winona

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

National Eagle Center, The Fremont Store, Root River
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka ©
Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka

3
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 outdoors at Minnehaha Park and Summit Avenue. Take a break from Minneapolis with a short trip to Baker Park Reserve in Maple Plain, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, get your game on at The Escape Game, get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, and see the interesting displays at Como-Harriet Streetcar Line.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Winona to Minneapolis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Baker Park Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Baker Park Reserve ©
Baker Park Reserve
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue

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