8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Minneapolis. August in Minneapolis sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Extreme Sandbox
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Target Field ©
Target Field

3
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Vikre Distillery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Duluth travel planner .

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in August, with highs in Duluth at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Two Harbors
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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park

1
night
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, then examine the collection at International Wolf Center, then examine the collection at North American Bear Center, and finally admire all the interesting features of Soudan Underground Mine.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ely online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Duluth in August, Ely is a bit cooler at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

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