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Great places to visit in Minnesota

Day 1: Minneapolis

Morning:

  • Start with breakfast at Hen House Eatery.
  • Visit the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Don’t miss the iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry.

Afternoon:

  • Head to the Walker Art Center for contemporary art.
  • Have lunch at The Bachelor Farmer.
  • Explore Mill City Museum to learn about the city’s history.

Evening:

  • Dinner at Spoon and Stable.
  • Catch a show at the Guthrie Theater.

Day 2: St. Paul

Morning:

  • Breakfast at The Buttered Tin.
  • Tour the Minnesota State Capitol.

Afternoon:

  • Visit the Science Museum of Minnesota.
  • Lunch at Red Rabbit St. Paul.
  • Explore Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

Evening:

  • Dinner at Meritage.
  • Walk around Rice Park.

Day 3: Duluth

Morning:

  • Drive to Duluth (about 2.5 hours from the Twin Cities).
  • Breakfast at Uncle Loui’s Cafe.
  • Visit the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

Afternoon:

  • Walk along the Lakewalk and enjoy the views of Lake Superior.
  • Lunch at Canal Park Brewing Company.
  • Tour the Glensheen Mansion.

Evening:

  • Dinner at Va Bene Caffe.
  • Enjoy the sunset at Enger Park and Tower.

Day 4: North Shore Scenic Drive

Morning:

  • Drive along the North Shore Scenic Drive.
  • Stop at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

Afternoon:

  • Continue to Split Rock Lighthouse.
  • Lunch at The Rustic Inn Cafe.
  • Visit Tettegouche State Park.

Evening:

  • Stay overnight in Lutsen and have dinner at Lutsen Resort.

Day 5: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Morning:

  • Drive to Ely, gateway to the Boundary Waters (about 2 hours from Lutsen).
  • Breakfast at Britton’s Cafe.

Afternoon:

  • Rent a canoe and explore the Boundary Waters.
  • Have a picnic lunch.
  • Visit the International Wolf Center.

Evening:

  • Dinner at Insula Restaurant.
  • Stay overnight in Ely.

Day 6: Itasca State Park

Morning:

  • Drive to Itasca State Park (about 3 hours from Ely).
  • Breakfast at Douglas Lodge within the park.

Afternoon:

  • Walk across the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
  • Lunch at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.
  • Explore the park’s trails.

Evening:

  • Dinner at Rapids Brewing Company in Grand Rapids.
  • Stay overnight in Bemidji.

Day 7: Bemidji and Head Back

Morning:

  • Visit the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Statues.
  • Breakfast at Minnesota Nice Cafe.

Afternoon:

  • Explore Lake Bemidji State Park.
  • Lunch at Tutto Bene.
  • Start driving back to the Twin Cities (about 4 hours drive).

Evening:

  • Dinner at Matt’s Bar in Minneapolis for a famous Juicy Lucy.
  • Enjoy your final evening in Minneapolis.

This itinerary provides a mix of urban attractions, natural beauty, and historical sites, offering a comprehensive tour of Minnesota’s highlights.

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