8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Columbus
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5​h 45​min
1
Rochester
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Duluth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ely
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Columbus

1
night
Rochester

Rochester is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Plummer Building - Mayo Clinic Historical Suite. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Garvin Heights, then gain insight at Quarry Hill Nature Center, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rochester visit planner .

Columbus to Rochester is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Rochester is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Columbus in November, with highs in Rochester at 43°F and lows at 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Rochester

Outdoors Scenic Drive Fun & Games

Side Trip

Garvin Heights City Park
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Room Escape Games
Quarry Hill Nature Center ©
Quarry Hill Nature Center

1
night
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a memorable drive along W Skyline Pkwy, enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Vikre Distillery, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Leif Erikson Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Duluth tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Rochester to Duluth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Duluth can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Park Point ©
Park Point
Vikre Distillery ©
Vikre Distillery
Leif Erikson Park ©
Leif Erikson Park

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pincushion Mountain Trail System. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, see the interesting displays at Grand Portage National Monument, then don't miss a visit to Beaver House, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 39°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to 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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Pincushion Mountain Trail System ©
Pincushion Mountain Trail System
Grand Marais Lighthouse ©
Grand Marais Lighthouse
Beaver House ©
Beaver House

3
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and Soudan Underground Mine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ely: Two Harbors (3M Dwan Musem & Split Rock Lighthouse State Park). There's much more to do: trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, admire the majestic nature at Tettegouche State Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park, and don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ely online trip planner .

Getting from Grand Marais to Ely by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in November, Ely is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Two Harbors, The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Soudan Underground Mine, Tettegouche State Park
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Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

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