5 days in Minnesota Itinerary

5 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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5 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

1
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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 20th (Sat): have fun at Target Field, then find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, and then get your game on at FlyOver America. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Minneapolis day trip tool .

In July, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, then look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company, and then immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ely route maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Minneapolis to Ely in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Minneapolis in July: high temperatures in Ely hover around 75°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Two Harbors, Cascade River State Park, Onyx Beach, Soudan Underground Mine
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Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park

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