17 days in Minnesota Itinerary

17 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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17 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ely
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Foot + Bus:  5​h
5
Rochester
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Dammam

4
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.
Let the collections at Minneapolis Institute of Art and Mill City Museum capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Minnehaha Park and Lake Harriet. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Mall of America, get engrossed in the history at Science Museum of Minnesota, get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, and have fun at Target Field.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip itinerary builder.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Minneapolis is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dammam to Minneapolis, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dammam in August, things will get colder in Minneapolis: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Mill City Museum ©
Mill City Museum

3
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lakewalk and Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate. Take a break from the city and head to Park Point and Gooseberry Falls State Park. Go for a jaunt from Duluth to Two Harbors to see Split Rock Lighthouse about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, get all the information you need at Lake Superior Maritime Center, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, and make a trip to Enger Park and Tower.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Duluth trip builder.

Getting from Minneapolis to Duluth by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in August, with highs in Duluth at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Two Harbors
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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. On the 3rd (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, then stop by Dockside Fish Market, and then hike along Cascade River State Park. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Gunflint Mercantile, then stop by Joynes Department Store & Ben Franklin, then see the interesting displays at Grand Portage National Monument, and finally admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Grand Marais vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Duluth to Grand Marais takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Cascade River State Park
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Grand Portage State Park ©
Grand Portage State Park

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): make a trip to Sheridan Street and then examine the collection at International Wolf Center. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park, admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, and then examine the collection at North American Bear Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Ely custom trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ely can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
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North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park

2
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Plummer House, then identify plant and animal life at National Eagle Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Barn Bluff.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rochester trip builder.

You can drive from Ely to Rochester in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rochester when traveling from Ely in September, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Winona, Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, Barn Bluff, National Eagle Center
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Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Barn Bluff ©
Barn Bluff

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