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Madison (Wisconsin) to Minneapolis drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Madison (Wisconsin) to Minneapolis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Madison (Wisconsin) to Minneapolis. If you're planning a road trip to Minneapolis, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. 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 Madison (Wisconsin)
drive for about 45 minutes

11:45 am  Devil's Lake State Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:45 pm
drive for about 1 hour

1:52 pm  Oakdale (Wisconsin)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:52 pm
drive for about 35 minutes

3:27 pm  Black River Falls
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 Black River Falls
drive for about 39 minutes

10:39 am  Whitehall (Wisconsin)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:39 am
drive for about 53 minutes

12:32 pm  Eau Claire (Wisconsin)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:32 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:55 pm  Stillwater (Minnesota)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:55 pm
drive for about 34 minutes

4:30 pm  arrive in Minneapolis
stay at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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Madison (Wisconsin) to Minneapolis questions

profile  Stephanie asked:
Road trip from Madison, WI to Minneapolis  (2 answers)

Where should I stop along the way?

Devil's Lake State Park  (5 mentions)

Oakdale (Wisconsin)

Black River Falls

Whitehall (Wisconsin)

Eau Claire (Wisconsin)  (4 answers)

Stillwater (Minnesota)  (2 answers)

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  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Minneapolis?  (27 answers)

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
Is the Mall of America worth visiting?  (17 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 Madison (Wisconsin) drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Madison (Wisconsin)? Try searching for places within 4 hours of Madison (Wisconsin).

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

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 273 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 10 minutes
32 Madison (Wisconsin) travel answers
1 Oakdale (Wisconsin) travel answer
4 Eau Claire (Wisconsin) travel answers
2 Stillwater (Minnesota) travel answers
57 Minneapolis travel answers


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