22 days in Minnesota & Seattle Itinerary

22 days in Minnesota & Seattle Itinerary

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22 days in Minnesota & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Kahului, Maui
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
New Ulm
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Wabasha
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Two Harbors
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Kahului, Maui

1
night
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sod House on the Prairie, then explore the ancient world of Jeffers Petroglyphs, then pause for some photo ops at Hermann the German, and finally contemplate the long history of Wanda Gag House. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Mount Kato and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the New Ulm travel planner.

Kahului to New Ulm is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kahului to New Ulm is 4 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kahului in February: high temperatures in New Ulm hover around 26°F and lows are around 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Wabasha.

Things to do in New Ulm

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mankato, Jeffers Petroglyphs, Sod House on the Prairie
Highlights from your plan
Jeffers Petroglyphs ©
Jeffers Petroglyphs
Sod House on the Prairie ©
Sod House on the Prairie
Mount Kato Ski Area ©
Mount Kato Ski Area

2
nights
Wabasha

Wabasha ©
Wabasha is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center and then admire the majestic nature at Whitewater State Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Lark Toys, explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, then make a trip to Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, and finally contemplate the long history of Plummer House.

Plan trip to Wabasha with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from New Ulm to Wabasha in 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Wabasha can reach 29°F, while at night they dip to 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Wabasha

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Winona, Whitewater State Park, LARK Toys, Plummer House
Highlights from your plan
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys

3
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. Get some historical perspective at Split Rock Lighthouse and Lakewalk. Let the collections at Canal Park and The Lake County Historical Society Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Two Harbors: Duluth (Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, Congdon Park, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, get to know the fascinating history of Stoney Point, and grab your bike and head to Gooseberry Falls State Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Two Harbors tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Wabasha to Two Harbors by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Wabasha in February, things will get a bit cooler in Two Harbors: highs are around 24°F and lows about 4°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Duluth
Highlights from your plan
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Visit Grand Marais Lighthouse and Father Baraga's Cross for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pincushion Mountain Trail System and Devil's Kettle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Marais: North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte), Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center (in Schroeder) and Points Unknown (in Hovland). There's much more to do: stop by Dockside Fish Market, make a trip to Beaver House, and explore and take pictures at Grand Marais Art Colony.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grand Marais trip maker site .

Getting from Two Harbors to Grand Marais by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Schroeder, Devil's Kettle, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, Points Unknown
Highlights from your plan
Pincushion Mountain Trail System ©
Pincushion Mountain Trail System
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center ©
Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center
North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum ©

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and International Wolf Center. Dorothy Molter Museum and Brandenburg Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama) and Vermilion Falls (in Orr). Next up on the itinerary: tour the water at your own pace with Piragis Northwoods Company and explore the galleries of North American Bear Center.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ely travel tool .

Drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ely, with lows around -4°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lake Kabetogama, Vermilion Falls
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center

2
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. On the 16th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Forest History Center, then get engrossed in the history at Judy Garland Museum, then have fun and explore at Children's Discovery Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Itasca County Historical Society. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Central School, then get engrossed in the history at The Gilbert Mansion, and then immerse yourself in nature at Scenic State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 20°F, while nighttime lows are 1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Scenic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Forest History Center ©
Forest History Center
Judy Garland Museum ©
Judy Garland Museum
Old Central School ©
Old Central School

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Mill Ruins Park, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get your game on at FlyOver America, and finally find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Target Field, then meet the residents at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and then admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Minneapolis takes 3.5 hours. In February, Minneapolis is somewhat warmer than Grand Rapids - with highs of 27°F and lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Bloomington, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe

4
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Snoqualmie Falls and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. You'll explore and learn at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: Museum of Glass (in Tacoma) and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (in Olympia). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Pike Place Market, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel, and enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle trip planner .

You can fly from Minneapolis to Seattle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Seattle. Traveling from Minneapolis in February, things will get warmer in Seattle: highs are around 50°F and lows about 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Museum of Glass, Snoqualmie Falls, Mercer Slough Nature Park, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge ©

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