9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​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
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Two Harbors
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

few
hours
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Russian Art and then take a stroll through Summit Avenue.

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New York City to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Minneapolis dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bemidji.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Neighborhoods Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Summit Avenue
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The Museum of Russian Art ©
The Museum of Russian Art
Summit Avenue
Summit Avenue

1
night
Bemidji

Bemidji ©
Bemidji is a city in Beltrami County (and county seat), in north west Minnesota, United States. On the 4th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Lake Bemidji State Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Sculpture Walk, then engage your brain at Headwaters Science Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bemidji trip app .

Explore your travel options from Minneapolis to Bemidji with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in August, with highs in Bemidji at 75°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ely.

Things to do in Bemidji

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

2
nights
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Bear Head Lake State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Soudan Underground Mine, and then trek along Trezona Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail, then examine the collection at International Wolf Center, and then see the interesting displays at North American Bear Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ely road trip tool .

You can drive from Bemidji to Ely in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Soudan Underground Mine
Highlights from your plan
Bear Head Lake State Park ©
Bear Head Lake State Park
Kawishiwi Falls Trail ©
Kawishiwi Falls Trail
International Wolf Center ©
International Wolf Center

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. On the 7th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Grand Marais Lighthouse, then view the masterpieces at Sivertson Gallery, then admire the majestic nature at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Cascade River State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oberg Mountain Loop, then immerse yourself in nature at Temperance River State Park, and then do a tasting at North Shore Winery.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grand Marais online road trip planner .

You can drive from Ely to Grand Marais in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lutsen, Temperance River State Park, Oberg Mountain Loop
Highlights from your plan
Sivertson Gallery ©
Sivertson Gallery
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Judge C.R. Magney State Park ©
Judge C.R. Magney State Park

3
nights
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. Take a break from the city and head to Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area and Palisade Head. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Two Harbors Lighthouse and Castle Danger Brewery. Go for a jaunt from Two Harbors to Silver Bay to see Onyx Beach about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and hike along Superior Hiking Trail.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Two Harbors sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Two Harbors in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Onyx Beach, Palisade Head, Tettegouche State Park
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Two Harbors Lighthouse ©
Two Harbors Lighthouse
Tettegouche State Park ©
Tettegouche State Park

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