16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

16 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota vacation planner
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Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lake Itasca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ely
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 4 nights
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Minneapolis — 4 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.
Explore Minneapolis' surroundings by going to Barn Bluff (in Red Wing) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, and see the interesting displays at Mill City Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip itinerary maker site.

San Francisco to Minneapolis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Minneapolis, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Minneapolis to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Itasca.
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Lake Itasca — 2 nights

On the 11th (Mon), make a trip to Mississippi Headwaters, appreciate the extensive heritage of Peace Pipe Vista, and then explore the activities along Lake Itasca. Keep things going the next day: trek along Rabideau CCC camp, then cruise along Wilderness Drive, and then immerse yourself in nature at Itasca State Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lake Itasca itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Lake Itasca takes 4 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, plan for little chillier nights in Lake Itasca, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ely.
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Ely — 2 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Birch Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): get curious at North American Bear Center, then stroll through International Wolf Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ely trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Lake Itasca to Ely takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lake Itasca in July; daily highs in Ely reach 75°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Marais.
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Grand Marais — 3 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument & Grand Portage State Park). The adventure continues: hike along Cascade River State Park, see what you can catch with Joe's Inland Fishing, immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, and glide through natural beauty at Pincushion Mountain Trail System.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Marais road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ely in July: highs in Grand Marais hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Duluth.
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Duluth — 4 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, walk around Enger Park, and see the interesting displays at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Duluth driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Grand Marais to Duluth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Marais in July: high temperatures in Duluth hover around 75°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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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