16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Alexandria
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Brainerd
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Silver Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Ely
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Chicago

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 a sense of the local culture at Summit Avenue and Minneapolis Institute of Art. You'll explore and learn at LARK Toys and Red Wing Shoes. Venture out of the city with trips to Charles Lindbergh House and Museum (in Little Falls), Red Wing (Sargent's Nursery & Barn Bluff) and Minnesota's Largest Candy Store (in Jordan). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wabasha Street Bridge, and have some family-friendly fun at FlyOver America.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis trip planner.

Chicago to Minneapolis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Red Wing, Saint Paul, Charles Lindbergh House and Museum, LARK Toys, Minnesota's Largest Candy Store
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LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Red Wing Shoes ©
Red Wing Shoes

1
night
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Runestone Museum, thenexamine the collection at Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, thendo a tasting at Carlos Creek Winery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Big Ole Viking Statue.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Alexandria road trip site.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Alexandria in 2.5 hours. May in Alexandria sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Brainerd.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums Wineries
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Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum ©
Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery

1
night
Brainerd

Brainerd ©
Brainerd is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): trek along Northland Arboretum and then hike along Paul Bunyan State Trail.

Discover how to plan a Brainerd trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Alexandria to Brainerd by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Brainerd, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Brainerd

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Northland Arboretum ©
Northland Arboretum

4
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get some cultural insight at Grand Portage National Monument and North Shore Winery. Explore hidden gems such as Cascade River State Park and Temperance River State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Grand Portage State Park in Grand Portage (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery, enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse, look for gifts at Joynes Department Store & Ben Franklin, and take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Brainerd to Grand Marais takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brainerd in May; daily highs in Grand Marais reach 54°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lutsen, Grand Portage, Temperance River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Sivertson Gallery ©
Sivertson Gallery
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park

2
nights
Silver Bay

Silver Bay ©
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. On the 4th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, thenexplore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park, and then stop by Great Lakes Candy Kitchen. On the next day, stroll through Onyx Beach, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Tettegouche State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Shovel Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Silver Bay vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Silver Bay takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in June, you will find days in Silver Bay are a bit warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Tettegouche State Park, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Shovel Point ©
Shovel Point
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park ©
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Tettegouche State Park ©
Tettegouche State Park

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Head to Piragis Northwoods Company and Brandenburg Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Forest History Center and Minnesota Discovery Center will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Ely with a short trip to World's Largest Authentic Hockey Stick in Eveleth, about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bear Head Lake State Park, admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, and hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ely travel route planner.

Drive from Silver Bay to Ely in 1.5 hours. June in Ely sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. You will leave for home on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Ely

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Minnesota Discovery Center, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Soudan Underground Mine, World's Largest Authentic Hockey Stick, Forest History Center
Highlights from your plan
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Forest History Center ©
Forest History Center
Minnesota Discovery Center ©
Minnesota Discovery Center

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