9 days in Minnesota & Rapid City Itinerary

9 days in Minnesota & Rapid City Itinerary

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9 days in Minnesota & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Minneapolis
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Two Harbors
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minneapolis: Extreme Sandbox (in Hastings) and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (in Chanhassen). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at The Escape Game, examine the collection at Mill City Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, and enjoy some diversion at Target Field.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Minneapolis. In October in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Two Harbors.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Fun & Games Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bloomington, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Extreme Sandbox
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The Escape Game ©
The Escape Game
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park

2
nights
Two Harbors

Two Harbors ©
Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for gifts at Great Lakes Candy Kitchen, cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk. On the next day, walk around Canal Park, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Two Harbors day trip planner .

You can fly from Minneapolis to Two Harbors in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in October, things will get little chillier in Two Harbors: highs are around 55°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Two Harbors

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Duluth, Great Lakes Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive
Gooseberry Falls State Park ©
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Wildlife Loop Road, & more), Devils Tower National Monument (in Devils Tower) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, cruise along Loop Road, and appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City road trip planning app .

Fly from Two Harbors to Rapid City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Two Harbors to Rapid City. While traveling from Two Harbors, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Devils Tower National Monument, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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