18 days in Minnesota Itinerary

18 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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18 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Walker
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Wabasha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Preston
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Minneopa State Park and Red Wing Shoes. Kids will enjoy Nickelodeon Universe and Minnesota's Largest Candy Store. Step out of Minneapolis with an excursion to Schell's in New Ulm--about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Minnesota, and get curious at Science Museum of Minnesota.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip planner .

Washington DC to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Minneapolis. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in June; daily highs in Minneapolis reach 79°F and lows reach 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Walker.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Red Wing Shoes, Minneopa State Park, Schell's
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Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park
Red Wing Shoes ©
Red Wing Shoes

1
night
Walker

Walker is a city in Cass County, Minnesota, United States. On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to World's Largest Muskie, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then explore the activities along Leech Lake.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Walker travel planner.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Walker in 3.5 hours. In June, Walker is slightly colder than Minneapolis - with highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Walker

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

World's Largest Muskie
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Fishing Charters & Tours
World's Largest Muskie ©
World's Largest Muskie

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Shovel Point and Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palisade Head and Kawishiwi Falls Trail. Go for a jaunt from Ely to Silver Bay to see Onyx Beach about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Soudan Underground Mine, look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company, explore the activities along Bear Head Lake State Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Tettegouche State Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ely trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Walker to Ely takes 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Silver Bay, Tettegouche State Park, Soudan Underground Mine, Palisade Head
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Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Shovel Point ©
Shovel Point

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at High Falls and Temperance River State Park. Get outdoors at Grand Portage State Forest and Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park & Grand Portage National Monument). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse, and view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais tour planner.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. When traveling from Ely in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Marais, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore hidden gems such as Tettegouche Trail and Superior Hiking Trail. Get in touch with nature at Jay Cooke State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Step out of Duluth to go to Two Harbors and see Gooseberry Falls State Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Park Point, examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and view the masterpieces at Art in the Alley.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in Duluth. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Wabasha.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Tettegouche Trail, Jay Cooke State Park
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Park Point ©
Park Point
Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park ©
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

1
night
Wabasha

Wabasha ©
Wabasha is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at LARK Toys, identify plant and animal life at National Eagle Center, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pepin.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wabasha trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Duluth to Wabasha in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth in June, expect Wabasha to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Preston.

Things to do in Wabasha

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

LARK Toys, Lake Pepin
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LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Lake Pepin ©
Lake Pepin

2
nights
Preston

Preston ©
Preston is a city in Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Whitewater State Park and then Head underground at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Lanesboro Arts and then explore the fascinating underground world of Niagara Cave.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Preston trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Wabasha to Preston takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Preston

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Niagara Cave, Whitewater State Park, Lanesboro Arts
Highlights from your plan
Whitewater State Park ©
Whitewater State Park
Niagara Cave ©
Niagara Cave
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park ©

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