17 days in Saint Paul, Duluth & Minneapolis Itinerary

17 days in Saint Paul, Duluth & Minneapolis Itinerary

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17 days in Saint Paul, Duluth & Minneapolis Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
bus:  15​min
1
Saint Paul
— 3 nights
2
Duluth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Minneapolis
— 12 nights
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Saint Paul

Saint Paul ©
The capital of Minnesota, Saint Paul represents half of the "Twin Cities" and embraces the outdoors and urban culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wabasha Street Caves. Kids will appreciate attractions like Como Park Zoo & Conservatory and Science Museum of Minnesota. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Saint Paul and Minnesota History Center. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at James J. Hill House and ponder the world of politics at Minnesota State Capitol.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Paul route planner.

Minneapolis to Saint Paul is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also drive; or ride a tram. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Duluth.

Things to do in Saint Paul

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Science Museum of Minnesota ©
Science Museum of Minnesota
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory ©
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul

1
night
Duluth

Duluth
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, then enjoy the sea views from Split Rock Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Gooseberry Falls State Park. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Great Lakes Aquarium and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Duluth trip tool .

Take a bus from Saint Paul to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint Paul in August: highs in Duluth hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks Outdoors Museums
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12
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.
You've now added American Swedish Institute to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Nickelodeon Universe and Science Museum of Minnesota. Minneapolis Institute of Art and Historic Fort Snelling are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Northfield (Northfield Historical Society & Northfield Arts Guild) and Nicollet County Historical Society - Treaty Site History Center (in Saint Peter). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Minnehaha Park, admire the natural beauty at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Minnesota, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Paul.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis tour planner .

Drive from Duluth to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Duluth in August, expect nights in Minneapolis to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Northfield, Rock Island Swing Bridge, Hammerheart Brewery
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Mill City Museum ©
Mill City Museum

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