8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Springfield
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Two Harbors
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Alexandria
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
New Ulm
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Springfield

1
night
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Castle Danger Brewery.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Two Harbors itinerary maker app .

Springfield to Two Harbors is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Springfield in May: high temperatures in Two Harbors hover around 61°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tettegouche State Park
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Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Castle Danger Brewery ©
Castle Danger Brewery
Tettegouche State Park ©
Tettegouche State Park

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery, then learn about winemaking at North Shore Winery, and finally admire the majestic nature at Temperance River State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grand Marais attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Two Harbors to Grand Marais takes 2 hours. When traveling from Two Harbors in May, plan for little chillier days in Grand Marais, with highs around 54°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lutsen, North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum, Temperance River State Park
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Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Sivertson Gallery ©
Sivertson Gallery
Grand Marais Lighthouse ©
Grand Marais Lighthouse

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, then view the masterpieces at Brandenburg Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Dorothy Molter Museum, and finally trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, then see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North American Bear Center.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ely trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Grand Marais to Ely by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in May, expect nights in Ely to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Trails Museums

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
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Dorothy Molter Museum ©
Dorothy Molter Museum
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center

1
day
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Alexandria is a city and the county seat of Douglas County, Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Douglas County Historical Society, then get engrossed in the history at Legacy of the Lakes Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Runestone Museum, and finally do a tasting at Carlos Creek Winery.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Ely to Alexandria in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ely in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Alexandria, with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to New Ulm.

Things to do in Alexandria

Museums Wineries
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Legacy of the Lakes Museum ©
Legacy of the Lakes Museum
Runestone Museum ©
Runestone Museum
Carlos Creek Winery ©
Carlos Creek Winery

1
night
New Ulm

New Ulm ©
New Ulm is a city in Brown County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Brown County Historical Society and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Schell's.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our New Ulm online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Alexandria to New Ulm takes 3 hours. May in New Ulm sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Ulm

Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Brown County Historical Society ©
Brown County Historical Society
Schell's ©
Schell's

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