8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota visit planner

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Make it your trip
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Two Harbors
— 2 nights
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ely
— 1 night
Fly
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Saint Paul
— 1 night
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Two Harbors

— 2 nights
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Onyx Beach and Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area. Family-friendly places like Tettegouche State Park and Shovel Point will thrill your kids. When in Two Harbors, make a side trip to see Palisade Head in Beaver Bay, approximately Beaver Bay away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Superior Hiking Trail, enjoy the sea views from Two Harbors Lighthouse, stroll through Tettegouche Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Two Harbors tour itinerary planner.

Indianapolis to Two Harbors is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Indianapolis to Two Harbors, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Indianapolis in September, with highs in Two Harbors at 68°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 3 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kids will enjoy Grand Marais Lighthouse and Pincushion Mountain Trail System. Get outdoors at Grand Portage State Park and Cascade River State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Marais: Grand Portage (High Falls & Grand Portage National Monument). There's lots more to do: tee off at Superior National Golf Course, see what you can catch with Joe's Inland Fishing, and view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais visit site.

You can drive from Two Harbors to Grand Marais in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ely.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Ely

— 1 night
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. On the 22nd (Wed), trek along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, then explore the galleries of Dorothy Molter Museum, and then stop by Piragis Northwoods Company.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ely fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Grand Marais in September since evenings lows in Ely dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Saint Paul.

Things to do in Ely

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Saint Paul

— 1 night

Twin Cities

The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
On the 23rd (Thu), take a stroll through Summit Avenue, then ponder the world of politics at Minnesota State Capitol, then have fun and explore at Minnesota Children's Museum, and finally look for gifts at Candyland.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Saint Paul trip planner.

Fly from Ely to Saint Paul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ely in September, with highs in Saint Paul at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Minnesota travel guide

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Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.