22 days in Northeast Minnesota Itinerary

22 days in Northeast Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northeast Minnesota journey builder

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Duluth
— 5 nights
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Silver Bay
— 5 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
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Voyageurs National Park
— 1 night
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Ely
— 5 nights
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Duluth

— 5 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Bayfield (Eckels Pottery & Fine Craft Gallery, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Pattison State Park (in Superior). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, get advice or help at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, don't miss a visit to Canal Park, and walk around Leif Erikson Park.

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

New York City to Duluth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Duluth is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get slightly colder in Duluth: highs are around 75°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Silver Bay

— 5 nights
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Silver Bay: Bayfield (Kayaking & Canoeing & Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Caribou River, trek along Hellacious Overlook, and enjoy the sea views from Split Rock Lighthouse.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Silver Bay trip builder tool.

Getting from Duluth to Silver Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth in July, plan for little chillier nights in Silver Bay, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 5 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage National Monument, &more), North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte) and Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, see what you can catch with Joe's Inland Fishing, don't miss a visit to Beaver House, and stop by Gunflint Mercantile.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand Marais road trip planning tool.

Drive from Silver Bay to Grand Marais in 1.5 hours. August in Grand Marais sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Voyageurs National Park.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Voyageurs National Park

— 1 night

Heart of the Continent

Minnesota calls itself "The Land of 10,000 Lakes," and a good number of these lie inside of Voyageurs National Park.
On the 9th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Ellsworth Rock Gardens, explore the activities along Rainy Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Crane Lake.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Voyageurs National Park online itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Grand Marais to Voyageurs National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Grand Marais in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Voyageurs National Park, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Voyageurs National Park

Parks · Nature

Ely

— 5 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ely: Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum (in Tower), Cook's Country Connection (in Cook) and Virginia (Iron Range Veterans Memorial & Olcott Park). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, make a trip to Listening Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at North American Bear Center, and gain insight at International Wolf Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Ely tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Voyageurs National Park to Ely takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Museums · Nature · Trails

Side Trips