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California to Minnesota drive

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  California
 Ely (Nevada)
 Salt Lake City
 Rock Springs (Wyoming)
 Casper
 Mt Rushmore
 Dickinson
 West Fargo
driving   /   4 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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California to Minnesota road trip planner

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

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start at California
drive for about 5.5 hours

2:38 pm  Ely (Nevada)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:38 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:17 pm  Salt Lake City
stay overnight at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
drive for about 3 hours

12:48 pm  Rock Springs (Wyoming)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:48 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:31 pm  Casper
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Casper
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:35 pm  Mt Rushmore
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:35 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:47 pm  Dickinson
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Dickinson
drive for about 5.5 hours

3:27 pm  West Fargo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:27 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:39 pm  arrive at Minnesota

day 4 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Ely (Nevada)

Salt Lake City  (75 answers)
    Temple Square  (8 mentions)
    Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
    Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
    Red Butte Garden & Arboretum  (2 mentions)
    The Beehive House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Red Iguana
        Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
        Pig and A Jelly Jar
    hotels around Salt Lake City:
        Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
        Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
        The Grand America Hotel
        The Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
        Off-Broadway Studios
    questions about Salt Lake City:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?
        What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?
        Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?
        Winter time activities in Salt Lake City
        Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?

Rock Springs (Wyoming)  (3 answers)

Casper  (4 answers)

Mt Rushmore  (39 answers)
    questions about Mt Rushmore:
        Family activities
        What should we add to the visit?
        Best campground for big rigs

Dickinson

West Fargo  (5 answers)
    questions about West Fargo:
        What is your favorite restaurant in West Fargo?
        rv campgrounds


What are some things to do in Minnesota?

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

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 Minnesota. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  patrick from Minneapolis asked:
Where to rent a small cabin on the North Shore for stargazing?  (1 answer)

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




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 Minnesota to California 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 California to Minnesota. Or get a full California to Minnesota 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 California well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about California!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,244 miles
driving time of 19 hours
Minnesota is 1 hour behind California
157 California travel answers
1 Ely (Nevada) travel answer
75 Salt Lake City travel answers
3 Rock Springs (Wyoming) travel answers
4 Casper travel answers
39 Mt Rushmore travel answers
5 West Fargo travel answers
15 Minnesota travel answers





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