16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota journey planner
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Make it your trip
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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

The City of Lakes

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.
Family-friendly places like Minnehaha Park and Mall of America will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum, stop by Candyland - St Paul, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE at Mall of America.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis online route maker.

Ottawa, Canada to Minneapolis is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ottawa to Minneapolis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Minneapolis when traveling from Ottawa in August, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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 5th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center, then admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and then take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights City Park. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park and then Head underground at Niagara Cave.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Winona online holiday maker.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Winona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August in Winona, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lake Itasca.
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Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Museums
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Lake Itasca — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Mississippi Headwaters, then get to know the fascinating history of Peace Pipe Vista, and then immerse yourself in nature at Itasca State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Itasca trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Winona to Lake Itasca by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Winona in August, Lake Itasca is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ely.
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Ely — 2 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company, go deep underground at Soudan Underground Mine, and then explore the activities along Birch Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at North American Bear Center, then browse the exhibits of International Wolf Center, and then hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ely day trip planning app.

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Ely in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lake Itasca in August: high temperatures in Ely hover around 73°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Marais.
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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 10th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, and then immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, then immerse yourself in nature at Temperance River State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Grand Marais day trip planner.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails
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Duluth — 5 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Canal Park. Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls State Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, examine the collection at The Duluth Depot, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bent Paddle Brewing Co., and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Duluth trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Duluth can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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