8 days in Minnesota, South Dakota & North Dakota Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota, South Dakota & North Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Fargo
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
4
Duluth
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Bucharest

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Game Show Battle Rooms, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game, and then browse the different shops at Mall of America. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, then get your game on at FlyOver America, then explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Minneapolis trip planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Minneapolis is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bucharest to Minneapolis is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Bucharest in May, expect nights in Minneapolis to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Shopping Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Bloomington, Game Show Battle Rooms
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mall of America ©
Mall of America

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.
On the 27th (Wed), have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and then visit Downtown Rapid City.

Before you visit Rapid City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Minneapolis to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Minneapolis in May, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

1
night
Fargo

Fargo ©
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, admire the masterpieces at Plains Art Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Red River Zoo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fargo road trip planner.

Fly from Rapid City to Fargo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Fargo is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Duluth.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
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Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County ©
Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church ©
Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church
Plains Art Museum ©
Plains Art Museum

1
night
Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Vikre Distillery, and finally stroll through Canal Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Duluth tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Fargo to Duluth in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fargo in May: high temperatures in Duluth hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Duluth

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors
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Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge
Canal Park ©
Canal Park

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