(7 days / 6 nights - Begins & Ends Minneapolis)
Tour Itinerary

Day 01 - Minneapolis/St. Paul
Today, arrive at Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport and proceed to the hotel in suburban Bloomington, just minutes from the airport. Bloomington is home to Mall of America®, the nation’s largest shopping and entertainment complex under one roof, featuring over 500 retail and specialty stores, dozens of unique dining and entertainment options, Nickelodeon Universe® indoor theme park, Underwater Adventures® Aquarium and many other great attractions. As a bonus, enjoy tax free shopping on clothing and shoes throughout Minnesota! Mall of America and Bloomington are connected to the airport and downtown Minneapolis by a convenient light rail transit system. Hotel: Holiday Inn Bloomington or similar

Day 02 - Minneapolis/St. Paul
This morning at 08:00 you will be met by a representative and provided with a welcome kit which includes driving instructions, vouchers, and maps for your tour. The Minneapolis and Saint Paul metro area offers a variety of shopping, dining, culture, sports and other entertainment. After picking up your rental car, enjoy the day in these exciting cities. In Minneapolis, the Nicollet Mall is the centre of shopping and dining. Scores of theaters feature local productions of traditional and contemporary renown, or touring Broadway hits at beautiful, historic theaters along Hennepin Avenue. The new Guthrie offers three stages in a dramatic facility overlooking St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. Next door is the interactive Mill City Museum, detailing the rapid growth of the area into the milling capital of the world. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, and Walker Art Centre and Sculpture Garden are all top ranked, recently expanded, and filled with outstanding collections of classic and contemporary art. For nightlife, the Warehouse District is the place to find great food and a variety of music in an eclectic collection of nightclubs and restaurants. Saint Paul is Minnesota’s historic capital city along the Mississippi River, home to many cultural attractions, including the Ordway Music Theatre, the Minnesota History Centre, Children’s Museum and Science Museum of Minnesota, with its convertible dome Omnitheater, the first in the nation. Enjoy the extensive Victorian architecture of Summit Avenue and unique shops along Grand Avenue.

Day 03 - Minneapolis/St. Paul – Brainerd
Driving Distance e: 135 mi./218 km.
Today proceed northwest to the Brainerd Lakes area. There is a sense of vitality in this north central Minnesota region like nowhere else on earth, a vibrant mix of nature and contemporary outdoor activities such as championship level golf in summer and snowmobiling in winter, and shopping and entertainment all year round. The change of seasons in autumn only heightens the splendor with a burst of color. Hotel: Holiday Inn Express or similar

Day 04 - Brainerd – Bemidji
Driving Distance e: 96 mi./154 km.
Drive northwest to Bemidji. Visit nearby Itasca State Park, headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River. Here, where the river begins its 2,552 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, you can wade across the crystal clear waters that empty from Lake Itasca. The northern Minnesota community of Bemidji is known as the first city on the Mississippi and the region is one of the finest sporting grounds in America. The huge statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox stand on the shore of Lake Bemidji and are among the most photographed statues in America. Food and entertainment options abound. Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Bemidji or similar

Day 05 - Bemidji – Grand Rapids – Duluth
Driving Distance e: 154 mi./247 km.
Outdoor adventures, scenic beauty and preserved heritage come together for an experience visitors will long remember as you drive east on the Great River Road to Grand Rapids, the birthplace of Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm. Travel through time at the Forest History Centre’s turn-of-the-century logging camp showing the life of the lumberjack. Enjoy more scenic splendor on the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Drive, before retracing your steps and continuing southeast to Duluth. Hotel: Country Inn & Suites Duluth or similar

Day 06 - Duluth
Duluth, the world’s largest inland seaport, is a city of gracious old homes overlooking the harbor and the shores of Lake Superior. At lakeside Canal Park, restaurants, nightclubs, hops, sightseeing cruises and ore-carrier tours provide an endless array of activities. The Great Lakes Aquarium, Glensheen Mansion and The Depot, a grand facility with art, history, children’s and railroad museum are all must-sees. Drive or take an excursion train along North Shore Scenic Drive, one of the country’s most panoramic highways. Consider visiting Two Harbors, Gooseberry Falls State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse.

Day 07 - Duluth – Minneapolis
Driving distance e: 154 mi./248 km.
Today, drive back to Minneapolis and return the car in time for your flight. Along the way, step back in time at the North West Fur Company Post near Pine City. The Minnesota Historical Society has recreated the region circa 1804, where you can experience an Ojibwe Native American encampment and learn how the seasonal living of the Ojibwe changed when Europeans arrived. Walk along outdoor trails and meet a fur trade clerk who explains the system of barter that moved beaver fur from the hands of Indian hunters onto the heads of fashionable Europeans. If time allows, take in some of the activities you missed in your first days in the metro area

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