20 days in Pipestone, Minneapolis & Kansas City Itinerary

20 days in Pipestone, Minneapolis & Kansas City Itinerary

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20 days in Pipestone, Minneapolis & Kansas City Itinerary

Start: Escondido
Drive:  25​h 15​min
1
Pipestone
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Minneapolis
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Kansas City
— 6 nights
Drive:  26​h
End: Escondido

5
nights
Pipestone

Pipestone ©
Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Pipestone side-trips: Brookings (Wooden Legs Brewing Company & Children's Museum of South Dakota), Redlin Art Center (in Watertown) and De Smet (Ingalls Homestead & Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Pipestone National Monument, admire the sheer force of Winnewissa Falls, examine the collection at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, and get in on the family fun at Arnolds Park Amusement Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Pipestone trip itinerary builder.

Escondido to Pipestone is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Pipestone when traveling from Escondido in September, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Pipestone

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Brookings, De Smet, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Redlin Art Center, Arnolds Park Amusement Park
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Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument

6
nights
Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Get out of town with these interesting Minneapolis side-trips: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen) and Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota (in Hastings). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Mall of America, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Minnesota, explore the activities along Lake Calhoun, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Minneapolis trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pipestone to Minneapolis in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Minneapolis are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Extreme Sandbox, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
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Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Target Field ©
Target Field

6
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kansas City is known for museums, fun & games, sightseeing, zoos & aquariums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of National World War I Museum and Memorial, contemplate the long history of Union Station, see the interesting displays at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kansas City itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Minneapolis to Kansas City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in October, expect Kansas City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead
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National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Room Escape Games
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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