7 days in Iowa, Minneapolis & South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in Iowa, Minneapolis & South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in Iowa, Minneapolis & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Muscatine
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago


1
night
Muscatine

Muscatine ©
Muscatine is a city in Muscatine County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Muscatine History and Industry Center and then contemplate the long history of Pine Creek Grist Mill.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Muscatine sightseeing planner .

Chicago to Muscatine is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In April, daytime highs in Muscatine are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Muscatine

Museums Historic Sites
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Pine Creek Grist Mill ©
Pine Creek Grist Mill

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Eagle Center and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Saint Paul and Landmark Center. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, browse the different shops at Mall of America, take an in-depth tour of Mill City Museum, and stroll through Rice Park.

Make your Minneapolis itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Muscatine to Minneapolis. Traveling from Muscatine in April, expect nights in Minneapolis to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, National Eagle Center
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National Eagle Center ©
National Eagle Center
Mall of America ©
Mall of America
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 33°F in Rapid City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Moriah Cemetery, Prairie Berry Winery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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