31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Gdansk
Fly:  15​h
1
Minneapolis
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Lake Itasca
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ely
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Silver Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Duluth
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Rochester
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Gdansk

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Minneopa State Park and Candyland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Schell's (in New Ulm). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, examine the collection at Mill City Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE at Mall of America.

Plan my Minneapolis trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Gdansk, Poland to Minneapolis is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. In July, Minneapolis is a bit warmer than Gdansk - with highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lake Itasca.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Bloomington, Extreme Sandbox, Candyland, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Minneopa State Park
Highlights from your plan
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

3
nights
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mississippi Headwaters and Paul Bunyan State Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake Itasca: World's Largest Muskie (in Nevis), Bemidji (Sculpture Walk, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, & more) and Leech Lake (in Walker).

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

You can drive from Minneapolis to Lake Itasca in 4 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Lake Itasca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Lake Itasca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bemidji, Paul Bunyan State Trail, La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, Leech Lake, World's Largest Muskie
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Itasca State Park ©
Itasca State Park

4
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Soudan Underground Mine and Kawishiwi Falls Trail. Explore Ely's surroundings by going to Vermilion Falls (in Orr) and Rainy Lake (in Voyageurs National Park). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park, don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, identify plant and animal life at North American Bear Center, and stop by Piragis Northwoods Company.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ely itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lake Itasca to Ely in 4 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lake Itasca in July: high temperatures in Ely hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Soudan Underground Mine, Rainy Lake, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Vermilion Falls
Highlights from your plan
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Dorothy Molter Museum ©
Dorothy Molter Museum

2
nights
Silver Bay

Silver Bay ©
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Split Rock Lighthouse, grab your bike and head to Gooseberry Falls State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Onyx Beach, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Tettegouche State Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Palisade Head, then admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and then hike along Superior Hiking Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Silver Bay trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Ely to Silver Bay in 1.5 hours. In July in Silver Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Palisade Head, Tettegouche State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tettegouche State Park ©
Tettegouche State Park
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park

4
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Portage State Forest and Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, High Falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade River State Park, hike along Honeymoon Bluff Trail, get engrossed in the history at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, and shop like a local with Sivertson Gallery.

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

Traveling by car from Silver Bay to Grand Marais takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Silver Bay in July: highs in Grand Marais hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Cascade River State Park, Temperance River State Park
Highlights from your plan
Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Grand Portage State Forest ©
Grand Portage State Forest
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument

5
nights
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Leif Erikson Park and Jay Cooke State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Two Harbors (Two Harbors Lighthouse & Castle Danger Brewery). There's much more to do: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, admire all the interesting features of W Skyline Pkwy, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, and examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Marais in July: high temperatures in Duluth hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rochester.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Jay Cooke State Park, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Leif Erikson Park ©
Leif Erikson Park

6
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial and Niagara Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Rochester: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park (in Preston), Root River (in Lanesboro) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights, make a trip to The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite, take in the dramatic natural features at Barn Bluff, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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You can drive from Duluth to Rochester in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July in Rochester, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Red Wing, Winona, Green Giant Statue Park, Niagara Cave, National Eagle Center
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial
Niagara Cave ©
Niagara Cave

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