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Ely is exactly the vacation you've been looking for if you're an outdoorsy type! Discover untouched forests, hiking trails and natural beauty in Ely—you'll never want to leave! Start searching for your vacation rental today on FlipKey and find the perfect spot to stay whilst in Ely.

About Ely

Located in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, Ely is a small town with big charm.

The Lake Vermillion gold rush brought large numbers of pioneers to Ely in 1865. Instead of gold, however, large deposits of iron ore were found.

Ely is now the entry point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). BWCAW is the largest wilderness in the Rockies, and something you can't miss out on if you're here.

However, Ely is not only about the outdoors. You'll be able to find unique shops, the best places to eat and, if you're going for a rustic vibe, then you can pitch a tent at one of the campgrounds.

What to do in Ely

There are many ways to experience Ely! With miles of hiking trails through the wilderness, why not start your day by hiking Echo Trail? With scenic views, you'll be able to appreciate Ely's natural beauty!

You can learn more about Ely's history when you visit the Ely Arts & Heritage Center located in Pioneer Mine.

BCWAW is the most-visited wilderness area in the US, so be sure to check it out. Enjoy everything from canoeing to spotting the different wildlife species in the spectacular surroundings.

Why not find out more about American black bears at the North American Bear Center? This interactive museum features exhibits and nature trails. You'll be able to view a naturally forested enclosure where four resident bears live!

Stop by the International Wolf Center to learn about these fascinating creatures. You'll be able to view gray wolves and, alongside the educational programs, there are also opportunities to go dog sledding, take howling trips and hikes!

Top travel tips for Ely

Ely's nearest airport is Duluth International Airport. A shuttle service is available from the airport to Ely.

If you're bringing your kids along, they may be interested in Camp Widjiwagan. This wilderness camp is located on Burntside Lake and has canoeing and backpacking programs.

Ely is graced with warm summers. Throughout the year, temperatures range from -2°F to 77°F.

You may also be lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights! Your best bet is to visit during spring or fall, and head on down to one of the many lakes for the best view.

It’s easy to lose yourself in the wilderness when visiting Ely. You can enjoy a scenic drive from the North Shore or try our some of the outdoor pursuits on offer! Ely welcomes all visitors, so you'll just need to find the perfect vacation rental on FlipKey to stay in when you get there!