8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Minneapolis
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Bemidji
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Grand Marais
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Two Harbors
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park and then don't miss a visit to Summit Avenue.

To find out how to plan a trip to Minneapolis, use our trip itinerary maker.

Charlotte to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Minneapolis is minus 1 hour. In July, Minneapolis is little chillier than Charlotte - with highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Summit Avenue
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Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

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night
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Lake Bemidji State Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sculpture Walk, then engage your brain at Headwaters Science Center, and finally make a trip to Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bemidji trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Minneapolis to Bemidji with the Route module. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, things will get slightly colder in Bemidji: highs are around 77°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Ely.

Things to do in Bemidji

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Bemidji State Park ©
Lake Bemidji State Park
Headwaters Science Center ©
Headwaters Science Center
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox ©

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nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 8th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, then view the masterpieces at Brandenburg Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Sheridan Street, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kawishiwi Falls Trail. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at International Wolf Center, then explore the galleries of North American Bear Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Bear Head Lake State Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ely online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bemidji to Ely takes 3.5 hours. In July in Ely, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Wildlife Nature

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
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

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Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Cascade River State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, then view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais day trip app .

Getting from Ely to Grand Marais by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ely in July: highs in Grand Marais hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Cascade River State Park
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Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Sivertson Gallery ©
Sivertson Gallery

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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. Get some cultural insight at Two Harbors Lighthouse and Split Rock Lighthouse. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area and Tettegouche State Park. Step out of Two Harbors with an excursion to Palisade Head in Beaver Bay--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and trek along Superior Hiking Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Two Harbors trip maker app .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Two Harbors in 2 hours. When traveling from Grand Marais in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Two Harbors, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Palisade Head, Tettegouche State Park
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Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head

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