7 days in Minnesota Itinerary

7 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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7 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Grand Portage
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Ely
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at FlyOver America, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, then admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then delve into the lush surroundings at Baker Park Reserve, and then stroll through Round Lake Park and Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Minneapolis. June in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cathedral of Saint Paul, Round Lake Park and Beach, FlyOver America, Baker Park Reserve
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul

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nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get some historical perspective at Split Rock Lighthouse and Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate. Visit Park Point and Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area for some beach relaxation. Step out of Duluth with an excursion to Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and walk around Canal Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Duluth online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in June; daily highs in Duluth reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Portage.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Two Harbors
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Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©

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Grand Portage

Grand Portage ©
Grand Portage is an unorganized territory in Cook County, Minnesota, on Lake Superior, at the northeast corner of the state near the border with northwestern Ontario. On the 6th (Sat), examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at High Falls.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grand Portage road trip website.

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Portage in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Portage

Nature Parks Museums
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Grand Portage State Park ©
Grand Portage State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument

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Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at International Wolf Center, get curious at North American Bear Center, and then stroll through Soudan Underground Mine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ely online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Grand Portage to Ely takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
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North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

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