3 days in Minnesota Itinerary

3 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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3 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Grand Marais
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Two Harbors
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Chicago

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take a stroll through Summit Avenue and then explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Minneapolis trip itinerary planning tool .

Chicago to Minneapolis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Neighborhoods Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Summit Avenue
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Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

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night
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, and finally shop like a local with Sivertson Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Marais tour builder .

Getting from Minneapolis to Grand Marais by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in August; daily highs in Grand Marais reach 70°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cascade River State Park
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Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Sivertson Gallery ©
Sivertson Gallery

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Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. On the 25th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Two Harbors Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, and then immerse yourself in nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Two Harbors trip builder tool .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Two Harbors in 2 hours. August in Two Harbors sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Beaches Nature
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Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park ©
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

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