8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota travel planner

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Minneapolis
— 1 day
Drive
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Walker
— 1 night
Drive
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Ely
— 1 night
Drive
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Silver Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 1 night
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Minneapolis

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll through French Regional Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, then admire the sheer force of Minnehaha Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at St. Anthony Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Minneapolis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Minneapolis reach 83°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Walker.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Walker

— 1 night
Walker is a city in Cass County, Minnesota, United States. On the 20th (Tue), go for a stroll along the water at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve and Learning Center, then appreciate the history behind Circle of Time, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stroll through Leech Lake.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Walker online visit planner.

You can drive from Minneapolis to Walker in 3.5 hours. In July, Walker is a bit cooler than Minneapolis - with highs of 77°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Walker

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Ely

— 1 night
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): hike along Bass Lake Trail, hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, steep yourself in history at Dorothy Molter Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bear Head Lake State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ely trip planner.

Traveling by car from Walker to Ely takes 3 hours. In July in Ely, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Silver Bay

— 2 nights
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. On the 22nd (Thu), stop by Beaver Bay Agate Shop, trek along Tettegouche Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park, and finally hike along Superior Hiking Trail. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Onyx Beach, explore the striking landscape at Palisade Head, immerse yourself in nature at Tettegouche State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Shovel Point, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Silver Bay online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ely to Silver Bay in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 2 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Joe's Inland Fishing, then immerse yourself in nature at Temperance River State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Grand Portage State Forest, then immerse yourself in nature at Grand Portage State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, and finally glide through natural beauty at Pincushion Mountain Trail System.

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Traveling by car from Silver Bay to Grand Marais takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Silver Bay in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Marais, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Duluth

— 1 night

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 26th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Point, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Duluth vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. In July, Duluth is somewhat warmer than Grand Marais - with highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Parks

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.