25 days in Minnesota & Chicago Itinerary

25 days in Minnesota & Chicago Itinerary

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Minneapolis
— 4 nights
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Ely
— 3 nights
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
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Duluth
— 3 nights
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Rochester
— 3 nights
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Minneapolis

— 4 nights

The City of Lakes

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.
Step out of Minneapolis to go to Stillwater and see Washington County Historic Courthouse, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, contemplate the long history of Landmark Center, explore the activities along Lake of the Isles, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Summit Brewing Company.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis road trip site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Minneapolis is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Jeddah to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in February; daily highs in Minneapolis reach -3°C and lows reach -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ely

— 3 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Go for a jaunt from Ely to Isabella to see Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures, don't miss a visit to Listening Point, stroll through Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, and examine the collection at International Wolf Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ely trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, Ely is a bit cooler than Minneapolis - with highs of -9°C and lows of -23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Grand Marais

— 3 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Take a break from Grand Marais with a short trip to Grand Portage State Park in Grand Portage, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: see what you can catch with Joe's Inland Fishing, relax and rejuvenate at LutZen Reflections Massage Studios, ski along the peaceful trails at Pincushion Mountain Trail System, and delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais day trip planner.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Grand Marais, with lows around -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Duluth is known for museums, parks, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll around Enger Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Canal Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Duluth trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. February in Duluth sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rochester.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Rochester

— 3 nights
Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rochester: Winona (Garvin Heights City Park & Minnesota Marine Art Museum). The adventure continues: gain insight at Quarry Hill Nature Center, don't miss a visit to The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite, indulge in some personalized pampering at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, and admire the striking features of Gonda Building.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rochester trip maker website.

Getting from Duluth to Rochester by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rochester are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums · Spas · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chicago

— 7 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, find something for the whole family at Fox in a Box Chicago, admire the striking features of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip site.

Fly from Rochester to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rochester in February, with highs in Chicago at 2°C and lows at -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
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.