A week is enough time to circle through northeast Minnesota ’s four distinct regions, but if you love the outdoors even a month isn’t enough time to really explore it. Duluth  is a logical starting point, and though it’s not centrally located, it could be used as a base for your entire visit.
Two days is the minimum to properly do the North Shore, but if you’ve only got one you can easily get to Two Harbors , Gooseberry Falls State Park , and Split Rock Lighthouse State Park  and still get back to Duluth.
The abundance of outfitters and resorts around Voyageurs National Park  and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness  means you don’t need any outdoors experience to get deep into the remote, lake-littered Boundary Waters region, one of the most beautiful places on earth, and you’re missing out if you don’t spend at least one night on a remote lakeshore.
Finally, don’t cross the often-overlooked Iron Range  without getting an up-close look at one of the massive open pit mines.