16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Rochester
— 3 nights
2
Duluth
— 4 nights
3
Ely
— 3 nights
4
Bloomington
— 5 nights

3
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Quarry Hill Nature Center and Colvill Park. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: LARK Toys (in Kellogg), National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Winona (Minnesota Marine Art Museum & Polish Museum). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Gonda Building, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, look for gifts at Chocolate Shoppe, and contemplate the long history of Plummer House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rochester travel route planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Rochester is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Rochester, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in January, with highs in Rochester at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Winona, Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, LARK Toys, Chocolate Shoppe, National Eagle Center
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo ©
Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kids will enjoy Canal Park and Enger Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay) and Two Harbors (Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area & Gooseberry Falls State Park). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brighton Beach Park.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Duluth trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rochester to Duluth in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. February in Duluth sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Onyx Beach, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge
Canal Park ©
Canal Park

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Bring the kids along to Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and North American Bear Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Giants Ridge Recreation Area (in Biwabik) and Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Soudan Underground Mine, and look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company.

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Traveling by car from Duluth to Ely takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Duluth in February, things will get a bit cooler in Ely: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Bloomington.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Giants Ridge Recreation Area, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Iron Range Veterans Memorial, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

5
nights
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Escape Game and Nickelodeon Universe. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Mall of America, have some family-friendly fun at Game Show Battle Rooms, meet the residents at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Minnesota Zoo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bloomington travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ely to Bloomington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, Bloomington is somewhat warmer than Ely - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Candyland, Minnesota Zoo, Game Show Battle Rooms
Highlights from your plan
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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