8 days in Northeast Minnesota Itinerary

8 days in Northeast Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northeast Minnesota route maker

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Duluth
— 2 nights
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
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Silver Bay
— 1 night
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Ely
— 2 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive and Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, make a trip to Canal Park, stroll around Enger Park, and stroll through Brighton Beach Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Duluth tour itinerary maker site.

Rochester to Duluth is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rochester in June: high temperatures in Duluth hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Grand Marais

— 2 nights
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Grand Portage State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Grand Marais Lighthouse, and then immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Grand Portage National Monument, admire the sheer force of High Falls, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Grand Portage State Forest.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Marais trip planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Duluth in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grand Marais, with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Silver Bay.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Silver Bay

— 1 night
Silver Bay is a city in Lake County, Minnesota, United States. On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Onyx Beach, explore the galleries of Split Rock Lighthouse, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park, and finally trek along Superior Hiking Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Silver Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Silver Bay in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in June, you will find days in Silver Bay are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Silver Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ely

— 2 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): engage your brain at North American Bear Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at International Wolf Center, and then hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, go deep underground at Soudan Underground Mine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Head Lake State Park, and finally look for gifts at Piragis Northwoods Company.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ely trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Silver Bay to Ely by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ely are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips