3 days in Cloquet, Bismarck & Badlands National Park Itinerary

3 days in Cloquet, Bismarck & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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3 days in Cloquet, Bismarck & Badlands National Park Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Cloquet
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  6​h
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Bismarck
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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Cloquet

Cloquet ©
Cloquet is a city in Carlton County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highway 33. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Jay Cooke State Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cloquet online journey maker .

Minneapolis to Cloquet is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Minneapolis in June: high temperatures in Cloquet hover around 71°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Cloquet

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jay Cooke State Park
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Jay Cooke State Park ©
Jay Cooke State Park

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Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. On the 10th (Mon), let little ones run wild at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, steep yourself in history at On-A-Slant Village, then steep yourself in history at Custer House, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Dakota Zoo.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Bismarck online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cloquet to Bismarck. When traveling from Cloquet in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bismarck: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Mandan
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The Dakota Zoo ©
The Dakota Zoo
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park ©
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 11th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then cruise along Loop Road.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park visit site .

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Badlands National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Scenic Drive Wildlife
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Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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