31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

31 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Ely
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 6 nights
Fly
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Rochester
— 6 nights
Drive
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Burnsville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Minneapolis
— 7 nights

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Ely — 3 nights

Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Vermilion Falls (in Orr), Lake Kabetogama (in Kabetogama) and Crane Lake (in Voyageurs National Park). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at North American Bear Center, pause for some photo ops at Iron Range Veterans Memorial, go deep underground at Soudan Underground Mine, and contemplate the waterfront views at Birch Lake.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ely online road trip planner.

Minneapolis to Ely is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, Ely is slightly colder than Minneapolis - with highs of 61°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Marais.
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Grand Marais — 5 nights

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Marais: Points Unknown (in Hovland), Grand Portage (Grand Portage State Park, High Falls, &more) and Temperance River State Park (in Schroeder). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Devil's Kettle, and get outside with Artists Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais online trip builder.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ely in May, you will find days in Grand Marais are little chillier (54°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Duluth.
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Duluth — 6 nights

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Castle Danger Brewery, &more). The adventure continues: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, walk around Enger Park, take an in-depth tour of Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Duluth road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rochester.
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Rochester — 6 nights

Rochester is a city in the U.S. State of Minnesota and is the county seat of Olmsted County. Change things up with these side-trips from Rochester: Barn Bluff (in Red Wing), Green Giant Statue Park (in Blue Earth) and National Eagle Center (in Wabasha). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, cruise along Garvin Heights City Park, make a trip to Gonda Building, and admire the striking features of Prairie School Bank.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rochester trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Duluth to Rochester takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in May: high temperatures in Rochester hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Burnsville.
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Burnsville — 3 nights

Burnsville is a city 15mi south of downtown Minneapolis in Dakota County in the State of Minnesota. Change things up with these side-trips from Burnsville: Cannon Valley Trail (in Cannon Falls), Schell's (in New Ulm) and Minneopa State Park (in Mankato). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stroll around Lebanon Hills Regional Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Minnesota Zoo.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Burnsville trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rochester to Burnsville takes 1.5 hours. May in Burnsville sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Minneapolis.
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Minneapolis — 7 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: WineHaven Winery and Vineyard (in Chisago City) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, and admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip tool.

You can drive from Burnsville to Minneapolis in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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