8 days in Minneapolis & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

8 days in Minneapolis & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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8 days in Minneapolis & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Saskatoon
car:  5 h 30 min
1
Minneapolis
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Saskatoon

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've added Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, SEA LIFE at Mall of America, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Minnehaha Park and Mill Ruins Park. Get some cultural insight at Minneapolis Institute of Art and Cathedral of Saint Paul. It doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game and wander the streets of Summit Avenue.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis road trip app .

Saskatoon, Canada to Minneapolis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saskatoon in July; daily highs in Minneapolis reach 33°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Saint Paul, Bloomington, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
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Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
Cathedral of Saint Paul ©
Cathedral of Saint Paul

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Chapel in the Hills. For shopping fun, head to Wall Drug or Suzie Cappa Art Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Loop Road (in Badlands National Park) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City vacation planner.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Rapid City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Loop Road, Wall Drug, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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