8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Columbus

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, and then have some family-friendly fun at FlyOver America. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Target Field, then explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, and finally look for gifts at Candyland.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis journey planner.

Columbus to Minneapolis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus to Minneapolis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, Minneapolis is a bit cooler than Columbus - with highs of 43°F and lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bloomington, Candyland
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

2
nights
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 11th (Mon), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, walk around Leif Erikson Park, then take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and finally examine the collection at The Duluth Depot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Gooseberry Falls State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and then snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Duluth road trip app .

You can drive from Minneapolis to Duluth in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Two Harbors
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Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Leif Erikson Park ©
Leif Erikson Park

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nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. On the 13th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, then browse the range of quality goods at Lake Superior Trading Post, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, see the interesting displays at Grand Portage National Monument, and then stroll through Pincushion Mountain Trail System.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais travel planner.

Getting from Duluth to Grand Marais by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 39°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Portage National Monument, Cascade River State Park
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Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Grand Portage National Monument ©
Grand Portage National Monument
Pincushion Mountain Trail System ©
Pincushion Mountain Trail System

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 15th (Fri), make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park, and finally stroll through Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Piragis Northwoods Company and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kawishiwi Falls Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ely online day trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Ely, with lows around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Soudan Underground Mine, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center
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Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park

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