8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Duluth
— 2 nights
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Ely
— 1 night
Drive
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Brainerd
— 1 night
Drive
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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Bring the kids along to Split Rock Lighthouse and Park Point. When in Duluth, make a side trip to see Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors, approximately Two Harbors away. There's more to do: pick up some new knowledge with Lake Superior Art Glass.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Duluth online road trip planner.

Indianapolis to Duluth is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, things will get little chillier in Duluth: highs are around 68°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trip

Ely

— 1 night
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ely trip planner.

Getting from Duluth to Ely by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Duluth in September, Ely is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. You'll set off for Brainerd on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Brainerd

— 1 night
Brainerd is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, and then get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Brainerd trip builder app.

You can drive from Ely to Brainerd in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Brainerd

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Minneapolis

— 3 nights

The City of Lakes

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Minnesota's Largest Candy Store, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Science Museum of Minnesota, and other attractions you added. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Minnehaha Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brainerd to Minneapolis takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Brainerd in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Minneapolis, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.