9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Minnesota travel route builder

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Minneapolis
— 3 nights
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Ely
— 2 nights
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Duluth
— 3 nights
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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.
Kids will enjoy Minneapolis Institute of Art and Minnehaha Park. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe, make a trip to Minnehaha Falls, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE at Mall of America, and look for all kinds of wild species at Stone Arch Bridge.

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New York City to Minneapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Minneapolis due to the time zone difference. In January, Minneapolis is little chillier than New York City - with highs of 24°F and lows of 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ely.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Ely

— 2 nights
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): trek along Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips and then hike along Kawishiwi Falls Trail. Keep things going the next day: glide through natural beauty at Flathorn - Gegoka Cross Country Ski Trails and then identify plant and animal life at White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ely travel route builder.

Getting from Minneapolis to Ely by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in January; daily highs in Ely reach 16°F and lows reach -4°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Ely

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kids will enjoy Canal Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park. Take a break from Duluth with a short trip to Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, stroll around Enger Park, cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and examine the collection at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Duluth road trip app.

Traveling by car from Ely to Duluth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ely in January, with highs in Duluth at 22°F and lows at 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

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.