5 days in Grand Marais, Saint Paul & Minneapolis Itinerary

5 days in Grand Marais, Saint Paul & Minneapolis Itinerary

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5 days in Grand Marais, Saint Paul & Minneapolis Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Grand Marais
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Saint Paul
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
3
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Pincushion Mountain Trail System, stop by Dockside Fish Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip itinerary builder site .

Charlotte to Grand Marais is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in March: high temperatures in Grand Marais hover around 33°F and lows are around 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Paul.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Pincushion Mountain Trail System ©
Pincushion Mountain Trail System
Grand Marais Lighthouse ©
Grand Marais Lighthouse
Dockside Fish Market ©
Dockside Fish Market

1
night
Saint Paul

Saint Paul ©
The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
On the 15th (Sun), get curious at Science Museum of Minnesota, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, then admire the natural beauty at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saint Paul trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Saint Paul in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Grand Marais, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint Paul, ranging from highs of 40°F to lows of 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Fun & Games Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Science Museum of Minnesota ©
Science Museum of Minnesota
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Minnehaha Falls, then admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, and finally have fun at Target Field. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum, then don't miss a visit to Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, then explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and finally ponder the world of politics at Minneapolis City Hall.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Minneapolis trip planner .

Minneapolis is just a short distance from Saint Paul. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Parks Museums
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Target Field ©
Target Field
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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