16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Silver Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Bemidji
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Escape the urban bustle at Park Point and Superior Hiking Trail. Popular historic sites such as Two Harbors Lighthouse and Lakewalk are in your itinerary. Step out of Duluth with an excursion to Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors--about 36 minutes away. Fill the 2nd (Mon) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, stop by Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Duluth trip planner .

Washington DC to Duluth is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get a bit cooler in Duluth: highs are around 73°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Jay Cooke State Park
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Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory ©
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. On the 4th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sivertson Gallery, then admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, then admire the sheer force of High Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Marais road trip site .

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Cascade River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage State Park ©
Grand Portage State Park
Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park

3
nights
Silver Bay

Silver Bay ©
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Palisade Head. Take a break from the city and head to Tettegouche State Park and Shovel Point. Go for a jaunt from Silver Bay to Schroeder to see Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, hike along Tettegouche Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Onyx Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Silver Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Silver Bay takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in September, Silver Bay is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Tettegouche State Park, Palisade Head, Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Shovel Point ©
Shovel Point
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kawishiwi Falls Trail and Bear Head Lake State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Soudan Underground Mine and Vermilion Gorge Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Ely: Vermilion Falls (in Crane Lake) and Vermilion Falls (in Orr). There's much more to do: trek along Bass Lake Trail, examine the collection at North American Bear Center, and stroll through Trezona Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ely vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Silver Bay to Ely takes 1.5 hours. In September in Ely, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Crane Lake, Soudan Underground Mine, Vermilion Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Bass Lake Trail ©
Bass Lake Trail

2
nights
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, then get to know the fascinating history of Sculpture Walk, then immerse yourself in nature at Lake Bemidji State Park, and finally hike along Rabideau CCC camp. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): cast your line with a fishing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Leech Lake.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bemidji trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ely to Bemidji takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Bemidji

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Walker, Rabideau CCC camp
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

2
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.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then meet the residents at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and then admire the majestic nature at Interstate State Park. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Summit Avenue, then take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at French Regional Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis online road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Bemidji to Minneapolis with the Route module. Traveling from Bemidji in September, expect Minneapolis to be a bit warmer, temps between 75°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Paul, French Regional Park, Interstate State Park
Highlights from your plan
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Interstate State Park ©
Interstate State Park

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