23 days in Minnesota Itinerary

23 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip itinerary builder
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Ely
— 3 nights
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint Cloud
— 2 nights
Drive
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Minneapolis
— 6 nights
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Rochester
— 4 nights
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Ely — 3 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Ely is known for museums, childrens museums, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of International Wolf Center, admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, don't miss a visit to Listening Point, and indulge in some personalized pampering at The Pebble Spa Co..

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ely trip app.

New York City to Ely is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from New York City to Ely, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Ely: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Marais.
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Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Grand Marais — 3 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Grand Marais' surroundings by going to Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, High Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Cascade River State Park, take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, and head outdoors with Artists Point.

Before you visit Grand Marais, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Ely to Grand Marais by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ely in May: highs in Grand Marais hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Duluth.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Duluth — 4 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll around Enger Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, and take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Duluth holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Duluth are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Saint Cloud.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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Saint Cloud — 2 nights

St. On the 10th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Munsinger Gardens, take in the pleasant sights at Lake George, and then make a trip to Sinclair Lewis Avenue. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Saint John's University, take an in-depth tour of Meeker County Museum at the G.A.R. Hall, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lupulin Brewing.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Cloud journey planning app.

Getting from Duluth to Saint Cloud by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Duluth in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint Cloud, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Minneapolis.
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Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery in Waconia (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saint Cloud to Minneapolis takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Minneapolis when traveling from Saint Cloud in May, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rochester.
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Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Rochester — 4 nights

Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to The Fremont Store (in Lewiston), Winona (Polish Museum, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Assisi Heights, indulge in some personalized pampering at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, and make a trip to Gonda Building.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rochester online journey builder.

Getting from Minneapolis to Rochester by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Rochester sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Parks · Museums · Spas · 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.
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