60 days in Minnesota & Willamette Valley Itinerary

60 days in Minnesota & Willamette Valley Itinerary

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Minneapolis
— 13 nights
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Ely
— 7 nights
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Grand Marais
— 5 nights
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Duluth
— 8 nights
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Rochester
— 7 nights
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Eugene
— 9 nights
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Salem
— 9 nights
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Minneapolis

— 13 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Minneapolis: Hastings (Historic Downtown Hastings, Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota, &more), Red Cedar State Trail (in Menomonie) and Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company (in Chippewa Falls). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, meet the residents at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, and admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Minneapolis tour itinerary planner.

Nairobi, Kenya to Minneapolis is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In May, Minneapolis is slightly colder than Nairobi - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ely

— 7 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ely: Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails (in Isabella), Crane Lake (Vermilion Gorge Trail & Vermilion Falls) and Hellacious Overlook (in Two Harbors). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at International Wolf Center, immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, get outside with Canadian Border Outfitters, and take an in-depth tour of Virginia Area Historical Society.

Discover how to plan a Ely trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Minneapolis to Ely by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, expect Ely to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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: Schroeder (Temperance River State Park, Cross River, &more), North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum (in Tofte) and Grand Portage (Grand Portage National Monument, Grand Portage State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip planner.

Getting from Ely to Grand Marais by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Ely in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Grand Marais: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Duluth

— 8 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Caribou River (in Beaver Bay) and Two Harbors (Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area, Gooseberry Falls State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and sample the tasty concoctions at Bent Paddle Brewing Company.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Duluth travel site.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. In May in Duluth, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Rochester

— 7 nights
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: Owatonna (State School Orphanage Museum, Mineral Springs Park, &more), Apple Ridge Orchard (in Mazeppa) and Winona (Lake Park, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, identify plant and animal life at National Eagle Center, admire the striking features of Gonda Building, and sample the tasty concoctions at LTS Brewing Company.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rochester day trip planning tool.

Drive from Duluth to Rochester in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Duluth in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Rochester: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Eugene.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Eugene

— 9 nights
Eugene is a city of the Pacific Northwest located in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eugene: Spirit Falls (in Cottage Grove), Pfeiffer Winery (in Junction City) and William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge (in Corvallis). There's lots more to do: walk around Hendricks Park, grab your bike and head to Willamette River Trail, gain insight at University of Oregon, and relax in the rural setting at Bush's Fern View Farms.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Eugene trip planning tool.

You can fly from Rochester to Eugene in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Rochester in June, Eugene is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salem.

Things to do in Eugene

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wineries

Side Trips

Salem

— 9 nights
Salem is the capital of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Newberg (ArborBrook Vineyards, Adelsheim Vineyard, &more), Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (in Woodburn) and Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch (in Molalla). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, get engrossed in the history at World of Speed Motorsports Museum, don't miss a visit to Salem's Riverfront Carousel, and get a sense of history and politics at Oregon State Capitol.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Salem vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Eugene to Salem takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Salem can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Salem

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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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.