Ely Minnesota vacations will take you to the wildest and most scenic part of our state. Known as "One of the United States' Last Pure Wilderness Experiences," the Ely area fulfills this promise.
Enjoy the attractions right in and near Ely or use it as a staging area for your trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
"On the map, Ely appears to be at the end of the road. For people who love wilderness and beauty and solitude, on the contrary, it's at the center of the world." ~Charles Kuralt
Ely is often called "The Canoe Capital of the World." Even if you are not interested in a canoe trip into the wilderness there are many good reasons to make Ely your Minnesota vacation destination.
There are five hundred lakes lakes within twenty miles of Ely and, as well, about two million acres of public forest.Visitors to the state offer their opinions about the very best attractions, activities and amenities. Read what other travelers have to say about Minnesota Vacations.
"Roughing it" is not the only way to enjoy a vacation in Ely. You can explore the beauty and recreation in, and around, Ely then return to comfortable lodging in one of Ely's Hotels, Resorts or Bed & Breakfast Inns.
Ely Has a Thriving Arts Community
The Northern Lakes Arts Association sponsors music, dance, theater, literary and visual arts events all year long.
Summer concerts take place in Whiteside Park.
Festivals and Celebrations in Ely Include:
Ely outfitters offer guides, biologists, and area history lovers who can give you advice and "insider" information that will make your trip into the BWCAW a "trip of a lifetime." One of these local outfitters will consider your goals and abilities and custom design your adventure.
Trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are what bring many people to Ely, Minnesota. Plan your Boundary Waters Minnesota vacation or a trip to Voyageurs National Park with the help of Canoe outfitters Boundary Waters companies in Ely and the surrounding area.
How to get to Ely: This remote town can be reached by highway or air travel. Known as the place "where the road ends and the adventure begins," Ely is about a four hour drive from Minneapolis or a two hour drive from Duluth.
Ely does not have commercial air travel; private planes can fly in to the Ely Municipal airport four miles outside of Ely.
Two of our favorites are Burntside Lodge and the Blue Heron bed and breakfast inn.
There are links to other resorts below and, as well, a link to some of the private vacation rental properties available to you.
You will also find some of the most beautiful resorts in the state in nearby Cook, Minnesota.
We have lists and ratings for hundreds of vacation rentals, large and small, everywhere in Minnesota:
Fishing Minnesota lakes and rivers is an amazing experience here. You have access to more than 5,000 lakes, rivers, and steams while having very little competition for your favorite fishing spot.
Once you experience this lovely wilderness area, you will want to return again and again.
More Things to Do in Ely Minnesota: Consider renting a houseboat for a unique Ely Minnesota vacation. Two companies on Birch Lake, 15 miles south of Ely in the town of Babbitt, rent houseboats:
Hikers love the Ely area. Some of the best hiking trails include:
Ely Minnesota Restaurants:The Chocolate Moose is a tradition for our family. Burntside Lodge, in our opinion, has no rival for an evening out. If you love the best burgers most anywhere, be sure to try Stony Ridge.Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Inns Choose a romantic, cozy B & B anywhere in Minnesota you want to be.
Camping on your Ely Minnesota vacations will have you in a lovely wooded campground overlooking one of the areas scenic lakes. Your chosen campsite can be one that offers access to the Boundary Waters and lead you to hiking trails where you can see wildlife, pick berries, and leave with amazing photos of your adventure in the wilderness.
Staying up late for star-gazing is another favorite thing to do in this area. If you are fortunate, you may be rewarded with the shimmering colors of an aurora in the night sky.
Dogsledding tours have become one of the most popular Minnesota winter adventures on Ely Minnesota vacations.
Bear Head Lake State Park - How to Get to Bear Head Lake State Park: Take U.S. Highway 169 east for nine miles out of Tower, MN. When you get to Highway 128, drive south for seven miles to the park. Or, from Ely, go west on Minnesota Highway 169 to County Highway 128. Follow this road south 7 miles to the park.
Soudan Underground Mine State Park - How to Get to Soudan Underground Mine State Park: Drive 2 miles east of Tower on U.S. Highway 169 to the park entrance.
Lake Vermilion State Park - How to Get to Lake Vermilion State Park: Drive 2 miles east of Tower and follow the signs to the Soudan Underground Mine State Park entrance. The park is on the eastern shores of Lake Vermilion, adjacent to Soudan Underground Mine State Park, and just south of the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
See why Ely Minnesota Vacations are on our list of the 10 Best Vacation Spots in Minnesota
Minnesota Vacation Rentals by VRBO - Choose a vacation rental in a specific area or get ideas about some of the best Minnesota vacation destinations before you decide. Take a look at some of these fantastic properties and locations for your group of any size.
Feb 21, 18 01:15 PM
Beautiful Minnesota campgrounds include hundreds of scenic camping spots in our lovely Minnesota State Parks and National Forest campgrounds.
Feb 17, 18 10:59 PM
Romantic Minnesota hotels can be found in some of the top romantic Minnesota vacation destinations.
Feb 17, 18 08:37 PM
Vacation rentals Minnesota - cabins, townhomes and vacation homes Minnesota homeowners offer for your vacation pleasure.