9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

9 days in Minnesota Itinerary

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Start: Brainerd
1
Brainerd
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Minneapolis
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Ely
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Brainerd

1
day
Brainerd

Brainerd ©
Brainerd is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. On the 1st (Fri), tee off at Legacy at Cragun's, have some family-friendly fun at Pirate's Cove Mini Golf, then stop by Loide' Oils & Vinegars, and finally get in on the family fun at Paul Bunyan Land.

To see photos and tourist information, you can read our Brainerd travel route planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Brainerd. In January, daytime highs in Brainerd are 21°F, while nighttime lows are 3°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Brainerd

Golf Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

Loide' Oils & Vinegars
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Pirate's Cove Mini Golf ©
Pirate's Cove Mini Golf
Paul Bunyan Land ©
Paul Bunyan Land
Loide' Oils & Vinegars ©
Loide' Oils & Vinegars

4
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Nickelodeon Universe and Lego Imagination Center will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game, take an in-depth tour of Science Museum of Minnesota, see the interesting displays at Mill City Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Minnesota Zoo.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Brainerd to Minneapolis in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Brainerd in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Minneapolis, with lows around 9°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, Minnesota Zoo, Candyland
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Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
SEA LIFE at Mall of America ©
SEA LIFE at Mall of America

3
nights
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Change things up with a short trip to Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, kick back and relax at Brighton Beach Park, and don't miss a visit to Enger Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Duluth journey site.

Traveling by car from Minneapolis to Duluth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, daytime highs in Duluth are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ely.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, Gooseberry Falls State Park
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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive
Brighton Beach Park ©
Brighton Beach Park
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

1
night
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at North American Bear Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips, and then don't miss a visit to Listening Point.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ely trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Duluth to Ely in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Duluth in January, expect Ely to be slightly colder, temps between 16°F and -4°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips ©
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips
North American Bear Center ©
North American Bear Center
Listening Point ©
Listening Point

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