16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Fly
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Drive
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Winona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lake Itasca
— 1 night
Drive
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Ely
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 5 nights
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Minneapolis — 3 nights

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.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the different shops at Mall of America, take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and see the interesting displays at Mill City Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Minneapolis is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Minneapolis is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Winona.
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Parks · Museums · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
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Winona — 2 nights

Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center, then admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and then explore and take pictures at Garvin Heights City Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Niagara Cave.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Winona online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Winona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Winona sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Itasca.
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Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Lake Itasca — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Mississippi Headwaters, appreciate the extensive heritage of Peace Pipe Vista, and then immerse yourself in nature at Itasca State Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Itasca itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Winona to Lake Itasca in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ely.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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Ely — 2 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 13th (Wed), look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company, immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and then explore the activities along Birch Lake. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at North American Bear Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at International Wolf Center, and then stroll through Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ely trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Lake Itasca to Ely takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lake Itasca in July; daily highs in Ely reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Marais.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
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Grand Marais — 2 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, then see the interesting displays at Grand Portage National Monument, and then admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse, admire the majestic nature at Temperance River State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ely in July, you will find days in Grand Marais are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Duluth.
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Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Duluth — 5 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: 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, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Lake Superior Railroad Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Duluth trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Marais in July, with highs in Duluth at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Minnesota travel guide

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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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