21 days in Minnesota Itinerary

21 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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21 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Two Harbors
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Bemidji
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Sanborn
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Copenhagen

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.
On the 5th (Thu), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery, and then explore the activities along Lake of the Isles. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Summit Avenue, then admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, and then work some fitness into your day at Chain of Lakes.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip itinerary maker.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Minneapolis is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Summit Avenue, Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery
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Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery ©

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Temperance River State Park and Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Cascade River State Park and Lutsen Mountains. Change things up with a short trip to Grand Portage State Park in Grand Portage (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest, look for gifts at Gunflint Mercantile, and shop like a local with Sivertson Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grand Marais itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Grand Marais takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Minneapolis in October: highs in Grand Marais hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lutsen, Temperance River State Park, Grand Portage State Park
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Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Temperance River State Park ©
Temperance River State Park

4
nights
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Step out of the city life by going to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Palisade Head. Explore hidden gems such as Park Point and Two Harbors Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Two Harbors side-trips: Jay Cooke State Park (in Carlton) and Shovel Point (in Silver Bay). There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Tettegouche State Park and grab your bike and head to Gooseberry Falls State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Two Harbors travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Grand Marais to Two Harbors by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Two Harbors can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tettegouche State Park, Palisade Head, Jay Cooke State Park, Shovel Point, Park Point
Highlights from your plan
Shovel Point ©
Shovel Point
Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Kawishiwi Falls Trail and Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips. Explore hidden gems such as Soudan Underground Mine State Park and Dorothy Molter Museum. And it doesn't end there: tour the water at your own pace with Piragis Northwoods Company Outfitters, head outdoors with Voyageur North Outfitters, admire the majestic nature at Bear Head Lake State Park, and don't miss a visit to Sheridan Street.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ely trip builder.

You can drive from Two Harbors to Ely in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ely can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park

3
nights
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. On the 19th (Thu), take a memorable tour with Tours and then admire the majestic nature at Itasca State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Sculpture Walk, then admire the majestic nature at Lake Bemidji State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox Statues.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bemidji vacation builder.

Drive from Ely to Bemidji in 3 hours. October in Bemidji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Sanborn.

Things to do in Bemidji

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Itasca State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park

2
nights
Sanborn

Sanborn ©
Sanborn is a city in Redwood County, Minnesota, United States. Popular historic sites such as Pipestone National Monument and Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Minneopa State Park and Blue Mounds State Park. Change things up with a short trip to August Schell Brewery in New Ulm (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sod House on the Prairie.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sanborn travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Bemidji to Sanborn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Bemidji in October, expect nights in Sanborn to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sanborn

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pipestone National Monument, Jeffers Petroglyphs, Minneopa State Park, Blue Mounds State Park
Highlights from your plan
Minneopa State Park ©
Minneopa State Park
Jeffers Petroglyphs ©
Jeffers Petroglyphs
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument

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