21 days in Minnesota Itinerary

21 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Minneapolis
— 6 nights
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Rochester
— 3 nights
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Ely
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 6 nights
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Minneapolis — 6 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.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, and make a trip to Minneapolis Skyway System.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis trip planner.

Santiago, Chile to Minneapolis is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. February in Minneapolis sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rochester.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Rochester — 3 nights

Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: National Eagle Center (in Wabasha) and Winona (Old Hwy 61, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more). There's more to do: gain insight at Quarry Hill Nature Center and don't miss a visit to The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rochester trip planner.

Getting from Minneapolis to Rochester by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Ely.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Ely — 5 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Change things up with a short trip to Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails in Isabella (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, browse the exhibits of North American Bear Center, make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, and trek along Trezona Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ely tour builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Rochester to Ely takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rochester in February; daily highs in Ely reach -9°C and lows reach -23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Duluth.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Side Trips

Duluth — 6 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, observe the fascinating underwater world at Great Lakes Aquarium, cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and examine the collection at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Duluth online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ely to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ely in February, with highs in Duluth at -5°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.