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Austin to Minneapolis via Denver

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  Austin
 Abilene
 Amarillo
 Trinidad (Colorado)
 Denver
 North Platte
 Omaha
 Des Moines
driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Austin to Minneapolis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Austin to Minneapolis. If you're planning a road trip to Minneapolis, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Austin and Denver. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Austin and Denver. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Austin
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:28 pm  Abilene
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:28 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:35 pm  Amarillo
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Amarillo
drive for about 4 hours

1:55 pm  Trinidad (Colorado)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:55 pm
drive for about 3 hours

6:00 pm  Denver
eat at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
stay overnight at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
drive for about 4 hours

2:47 pm  North Platte
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 4 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from North Platte
drive for about 4 hours

1:00 pm  Omaha
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:00 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:58 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:58 pm
drive for about 4 hours

8:46 pm  arrive in Minneapolis
stay at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America

day 4 driving ≈ 10 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Abilene  (5 answers)

Amarillo  (30 answers)
    questions about Amarillo:
        THING TO SEE
        Hotels

Trinidad (Colorado)  (3 answers)

Denver  (192 answers)
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science  (15 mentions)
    Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
    Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
    LoDo  (11 mentions)
    Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Denver:
        Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
        Rioja
        Acorn
        Root Down
        Bistro Vendome
    hotels around Denver:
        The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
        The Crawford Hotel
        Four Seasons Hotel Denver
        Hotel Teatro
        the Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?
        Restaurant for dinner near Coors Field?

North Platte  (3 answers)

Omaha  (24 answers)
    Henry Doorly Zoo  (8 mentions)
    Joslyn Art Museum  (3 mentions)
    Lauritzen Gardens  (2 mentions)
    The Durham Museum  (2 mentions)
    Omaha Children's Museum  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Omaha:
        M's Pub
        Stokes Grill & Bar Wood Fired Foods
        801 Chophouse at The Paxton
        Lo Sole Mio Ristorante
    questions about Omaha:
        Best free things to do in Omaha?
        Dog friendly hotels

Des Moines  (21 answers)
    questions about Des Moines:
        What's the best neighborhood in Des Moines for a first time visitor?
        Any good hiking spots in or near Des Moines?


Where's the best place to stay in Minneapolis?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Minneapolis.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Minneapolis? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Minneapolis?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Bachelor Farmer, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

112 Eatery  (8 mentions)
Sea Salt Eatery  (7 mentions)
Midtown Global Market  (6 mentions)
Psycho Suzi's  (6 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Minneapolis? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Minneapolis?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Lake Calhoun  (23 mentions)
Lake Harriet  (21 mentions)
Lake Of The Isles  (17 mentions)
Minnehaha Falls  (10 mentions)
Minnehaha Park  (8 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Minneapolis. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
Is the Mall of America worth visiting?  (15 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Minneapolis?  (13 answers)

profile  Keith from Denver asked:
Fine dining in Minneapolis?  (8 answers)

profile  Tandy from Miami asked:
What are the best lakes in and/or around Minneapolis?  (8 answers)

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis?  (7 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Minneapolis.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Minneapolis to Austin drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Austin to Minneapolis. Or get a full Austin to Minneapolis flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Austin well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Austin!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,835 miles
driving time of 26 hours, 56 minutes
177 Austin travel answers
5 Abilene travel answers
30 Amarillo travel answers
3 Trinidad (Colorado) travel answers
192 Denver travel answers
3 North Platte travel answers
24 Omaha travel answers
21 Des Moines travel answers
56 Minneapolis travel answers





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