8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
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Minneapolis
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 3 nights
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Ely
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis

— 2 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.
Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, see the interesting displays at Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, and get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip planner.

Columbus to Minneapolis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Get out of town with these interesting Duluth side-trips: Two Harbors (Gooseberry Falls State Park & Split Rock Lighthouse). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, get answers to all your questions at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, stroll through Enger Park, and take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Duluth trip planner.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, things will get slightly colder in Duluth: highs are around 75°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ely

— 2 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, then explore the galleries of Dorothy Molter Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and finally make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center. On your second day here, examine the collection at International Wolf Center and then engage your brain at North American Bear Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Ely trip planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Duluth in August since evenings lows in Ely dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
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.