23 days in Minnesota Itinerary

23 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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23 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Minneapolis
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Wabasha
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Soudan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Duluth
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: London

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen), Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Valleyfair (in Shakopee). The adventure continues: have fun at Target Field, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Minnesota, and admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis day trip tool .

London, UK to Minneapolis is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Minneapolis is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Minneapolis: highs are around 33°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wabasha.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Extreme Sandbox, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Valleyfair
Highlights from your plan
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

3
nights
Wabasha

Wabasha ©
Wabasha is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll through Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, steep yourself in history at Plummer House, and then appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Garvin Heights, steep yourself in history at Merchants Bank, and then admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

Plan my day in Wabasha using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Wabasha in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Wabasha are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Wabasha

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Winona, Rochester, Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©

3
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, then admire the majestic nature at Itasca State Park, and then make a trip to Mississippi Headwaters. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Detroit Lake Public Beach and then try your luck at Shooting Star Casino.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lake Itasca trip planner .

You can drive from Wabasha to Lake Itasca in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lake Itasca when traveling from Wabasha in July, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Soudan.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Detroit Lake Public Beach, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, Shooting Star Casino
Highlights from your plan
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
Shooting Star Casino ©
Shooting Star Casino

3
nights
Soudan

Soudan ©
Soudan is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Breitung Township, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore Soudan's surroundings by going to Ely (International Wolf Center, Sheridan Street, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, examine the collection at North American Bear Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Soudan holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lake Itasca to Soudan takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Soudan

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Ely
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Marais: Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, Pigeon River, & more) and Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park and look for gifts at Joynes Department Store & Ben Franklin.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Marais road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Soudan to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. When traveling from Soudan in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Grand Marais: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Grand Portage State Park ©
Grand Portage State Park

4
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse). There's much more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll through Park Point, see the interesting displays at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, and get answers to all your questions at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Duluth journey site .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in July, Duluth is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Jay Cooke State Park
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park

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