9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8 h
1
Duluth
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
2
Ely
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
3
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Lanesboro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Winona
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
End: New York City

1
day
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate as well as Split Rock Lighthouse. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour along fresh powder with The Duluth Experience, see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Railroad Museum, examine the collection at S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Split Rock Lighthouse, and finally steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Duluth trip itinerary builder website.

New York City to Duluth is an approximately 8- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Duluth to be little chillier, temps between 40°F and 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Split Rock Lighthouse
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S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum ©
Split Rock Lighthouse ©
Split Rock Lighthouse
Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate ©

1
day
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stop by Piragis Northwoods Company, then steep yourself in history at Dorothy Molter Museum, and then engage your brain at North American Bear Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ely trip builder site.

Drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Duluth in November, things will get a bit cooler in Ely: highs are around 35°F and lows about 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Museums Wildlife Parks
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North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
Dorothy Molter Museum ©
Dorothy Molter Museum
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Grand Portage National Monument, then stop by Gunflint Mercantile, then explore the wide array of goods at Lake Superior Trading Post, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Sivertson Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Marais trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ely to Grand Marais takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ely in November since evenings lows in Grand Marais dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lanesboro.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Shopping Museums Classes

Side Trip

Grand Portage National Monument
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Sivertson Gallery ©
Sivertson Gallery
Gunflint Mercantile ©
Gunflint Mercantile
North House Folk School ©
North House Folk School

2
nights
Lanesboro

Lanesboro ©
Lanesboro is a city in Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Vesterheim, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, and then Head underground at Niagara Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park and then explore the activities along Root River.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanesboro online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Lanesboro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. November in Lanesboro sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Winona.

Things to do in Lanesboro

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Decorah, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Niagara Cave
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Niagara Cave ©
Niagara Cave
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park ©
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company ©
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

1
night
Winona

Winona ©
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at LARK Toys, then see the interesting displays at Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Winona online holiday planner.

Drive from Lanesboro to Winona in an hour. In November in Winona, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Winona

Museums

Side Trips

Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum, LARK Toys
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Minnesota Marine Art Museum ©
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
LARK Toys ©
LARK Toys
Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum ©
Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum

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