26 days in Minnesota Itinerary

26 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip planner

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Ely
— 4 nights
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Grand Marais
— 4 nights
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Duluth
— 7 nights
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Rochester
— 4 nights
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Minneapolis
— 6 nights
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Ely

— 4 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Family-friendly places like North American Bear Center and Piragis Northwoods Company will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ely: Cook's Country Connection (in Cook), Vermilion Falls (in Orr) and Iron Range Veterans Memorial (in Virginia). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at International Wolf Center, don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Soudan Underground Mine, and immerse yourself in nature at Bear Head Lake State Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ely travel planner.

New York City to Ely is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Ely due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in Ely reach 71°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 4 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Family-friendly places like Grand Portage State Forest and Judge C.R. Magney State Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, &more), North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte) and Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade River State Park, cast your line with Joe's Inland Fishing, hike along Honeymoon Bluff, and take in the dramatic scenery at Devil's Kettle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais online road trip planner.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. While traveling from Ely, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Grand Marais, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Duluth

— 7 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Bring the kids along to Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Aerial Lift Bridge. Explore Duluth's surroundings by going to Onyx Beach (in Silver Bay) and Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse). Fill the 27th (Sun) with the natural beauty at Jay Cooke State Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Great Lakes Aquarium, walk around Canal Park, and examine the collection at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Duluth sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in June, Duluth is a bit warmer at night with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to Rochester.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rochester

— 4 nights
Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Kids will appreciate attractions like Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial and Forestville Mystery Cave State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: LARK Toys (in Kellogg), Winona (Winona National Bank, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more) and Niagara Cave (in Harmony). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center, get to know the resident critters at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, gain insight at Quarry Hill Nature Center, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sargent's Nursery.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rochester tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Duluth to Rochester takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Duluth in June; daily highs in Rochester reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks · Museums · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Nickelodeon Universe and Minnehaha Park. Go for a jaunt from Minneapolis to Saint Cloud to see Munsinger Gardens about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get in on the family fun at Lego Imagination Center, and learn more about the world around you at Science Museum of Minnesota.

For photos and more tourist information, go to the Minneapolis day trip planning site.

Getting from Rochester to Minneapolis by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Room Escape Games · Entertainment Centers
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.