45 days in New York City, Minnesota & Washington DC Itinerary

45 days in New York City, Minnesota & Washington DC Itinerary

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New York City
— 18 nights
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Two Harbors
— 2 nights
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Ely
— 2 nights
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 15 nights
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New York City

— 18 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Head to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and The National Arts Clubfor some retail therapy. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Times Square and New York Public Library. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to BeRelax (in Jamaica), Jones Beach State Park (in Wantagh) and Far Rockaway (Riis Beach & Rockaway Beach). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, wander the streets of Greenwich Village, shop like a local with Fifth Avenue, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to New York City is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Jeddah to New York City due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Jeddah in January, with highs in New York City at 5°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Two Harbors

— 2 nights
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, then grab your bike and head to Gooseberry Falls State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Split Rock Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Onyx Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Agate Bay Beach, then hike along Tettegouche Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hellacious Overlook.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Two Harbors online trip maker.

Fly from New York City to Two Harbors in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Two Harbors. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from New York City in February: high temperatures in Two Harbors hover around -5°C and lows are around -18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Ely

— 2 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at International Wolf Center, then trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Pebble Spa Co.. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures and then ski along the peaceful trails at Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ely road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Two Harbors to Ely takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Two Harbors in February, expect Ely to be a bit cooler, temps between -9°C and -23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Grand Marais

— 2 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. On the 7th (Mon), look for gifts at Gunflint Mercantile and then take a tour by water with Joe's Inland Fishing. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, then relax and rejuvenate at WatersMeet Spa and Wellness Center, and then glide through natural beauty at Pincushion Mountain Trail System.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ely in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -16°C in Grand Marais. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Minneapolis Institute of Art and Science Museum of Minnesota. Step out of the city life by going to Baker Park Reserve and Minnehaha Park. Take a break from Minneapolis with a short trip to Lupine Brewing Company in Delano, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, stroll around Central Park Ice Skating Trail, get a dose of the wild on Stone Arch Bridge, and find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Grand Marais to Minneapolis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Minneapolis can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 15 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Capitol Hill and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Carytown and National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Washington DC: Gettysburg (Eisenhower National Historic Site & Gettysburg Museum of History), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Tredegar Iron Works (in Richmond). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, examine the collection at American Visionary Art Museum, wander the streets of Fell's Point, and admire the masterpieces at Smithsonian American Art Museum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Minneapolis to Washington DC in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Washington DC. Traveling from Minneapolis in February, expect Washington DC to be much warmer, temps between 10°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.