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Des Moines to Minneapolis drive

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  Des Moines
 Ames
 Iowa Falls
 Clear Lake
 Bancroft
 Faribault
 Mall of America
2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Des Moines to Minneapolis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Des Moines 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 Des Moines and Minneapolis. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Des Moines and Minneapolis. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Des Moines
drive for about 38 minutes

11:38 am  Ames
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:38 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

1:33 pm  Iowa Falls
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:33 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:34 pm  Clear Lake
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Clear Lake
drive for about 55 minutes

10:55 am  Bancroft
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:55 am
drive for about 59 minutes

12:55 pm  Faribault
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:55 pm
drive for about 54 minutes

2:49 pm  Mall of America
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:49 pm
drive for about 17 minutes

4:06 pm  arrive in Minneapolis
stay at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Des Moines, Iowa.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.


How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.


Where should I stop along the way?

Ames

Iowa Falls

Clear Lake
    questions about Clear Lake:
        restaurants

Bancroft

Faribault

Mall of America  (8 mentions)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Minneapolis, Minnesota.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.


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?  (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)

profile  Owen from Las Vegas asked:
Best areas to stay 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 Des Moines drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Des Moines? Try searching for places within 3.5 hours of Des Moines.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Des Moines to Minneapolis. Or get a full Des Moines 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 Des Moines well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Des Moines!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 244 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 36 minutes
18 Des Moines travel answers
1 Ames travel answer
1 Clear Lake travel answer
1 Bancroft travel answer
46 Minneapolis travel answers





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