8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Duluth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Silver Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ely
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Bemidji
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Duluth Depot and then kick back and relax at Park Point. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Leif Erikson Park, identify plant and animal life at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, and then enjoy the sea views from Two Harbors Lighthouse.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Duluth planner .

Minneapolis to Duluth is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Two Harbors Lighthouse
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Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory ©
Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory
Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
The Duluth Depot ©
The Duluth Depot

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. On the 17th (Tue), examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, admire the sheer force of High Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip planner .

Traveling by car from Duluth to Grand Marais takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Portage, Cascade River State Park
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Grand Portage State Park ©
Grand Portage State Park
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Sivertson Gallery ©
Sivertson Gallery

1
night
Silver Bay

Silver Bay ©
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Tettegouche State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Palisade Head, and then admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Silver Bay driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Silver Bay takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Silver Bay, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Ely.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Tettegouche State Park, Palisade Head
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Tettegouche State Park ©
Tettegouche State Park
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park ©
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

1
night
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kawishiwi Falls Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Bear Head Lake State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ely road trip planner .

You can drive from Silver Bay to Ely in 1.5 hours. In September in Ely, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
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Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park

2
nights
Bemidji

Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour and then explore the activities along Leech Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bemidji State Park, then pause for some photo ops at Chief Bemidji Statute, and finally don't miss a visit to Mississippi Headwaters.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bemidji online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Ely to Bemidji in 3.5 hours. September in Bemidji sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bemidji

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Walker, Mississippi Headwaters
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

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