8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ely
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Winona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

2
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Split Rock Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Canal Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Duluth day trip planning website .

Fort Lauderdale to Duluth is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Duluth. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May, expect Duluth to be much colder, temps between 53°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

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 ©

1
night
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Dorothy Molter Museum, gain insight at International Wolf Center, see the interesting displays at North American Bear Center, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Soudan Underground Mine, and finally make a trip to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ely itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Duluth to Ely takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in May: highs in Ely hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Winona.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
Dorothy Molter Museum ©
Dorothy Molter Museum

1
night
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. On the 19th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Watkins Museum and Store, admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at National Eagle Center, and finally take a memorable drive along Garvin Heights. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Winona County Historical Society, steep yourself in history at Merchants Bank, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, then examine the collection at Winona National Bank, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Root River.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Winona road trip planning site .

Getting from Ely to Winona by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Ely in May, expect Winona to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Winona

Parks Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

National Eagle Center, Root River
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka ©
Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka

2
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.
On the 21st (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Mill City Museum, admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, then get your game on at The Escape Game, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Paul, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art, then delve into the lush surroundings at Baker Park Reserve, and then enjoy some diversion at Target Field.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Winona to Minneapolis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Baker Park Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul

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