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Minneapolis to Boulder drive

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  Minneapolis
 Clear Lake
 Des Moines
 Omaha
 Hastings (Nebraska)
 North Platte
 Brush
   Boulder 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Minneapolis to Boulder road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Minneapolis to Boulder. If you're planning a road trip to Boulder, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Minneapolis and Boulder. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Minneapolis and Boulder. 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 Minneapolis
drive for about 2 hours

12:06 pm  Clear Lake
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:06 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:52 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:52 pm
drive for about 2 hours

6:00 pm  Omaha
eat at M's Pub
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from Omaha
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:33 am  Hastings (Nebraska)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:33 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:47 pm  North Platte
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:47 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:11 pm  Brush
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:11 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

8:51 pm  arrive in Boulder

day 2 driving ≈ 9 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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?

Clear Lake
    questions about Clear Lake:
        restaurants

Des Moines  (18 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?

Omaha  (17 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

Hastings (Nebraska)  (2 answers)
    questions about Hastings (Nebraska):
        Places to go

North Platte  (2 answers)

Brush


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Boulder, Colorado.

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


Where's the best place to eat in Boulder?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Frasca Food and Wine, which was mentioned 8 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Pearl Street Mall  (7 mentions)
The Mediterranean  (7 mentions)
Jax Fish House Boulder  (4 mentions)
Illegal Pete's  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Boulder?

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:

Chautauqua Park  (5 mentions)
Eldorado Canyon  (2 mentions)
Avery Brewing Company  (2 mentions)
Celestial Seasonings  (2 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 Boulder. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
Where to dine après-ski???  (7 answers)

profile  Debbie from San Francisco asked:
Fun solo adventures in Boulder?  (7 answers)

profile  Kyle from Chicago asked:
Local, non-touristy gems in Boulder?  (6 answers)

profile  Casey from Mount Pleasant, Michigan asked:
Early March Weather in Boulder?  (4 answers)

profile  Cindy from Los Angeles asked:
Places to take my grand children during the summer in Boulder?  (4 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 929 miles
driving time of 13 hours, 15 minutes
Boulder is 1 hour behind Minneapolis
46 Minneapolis travel answers
1 Clear Lake travel answer
18 Des Moines travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers
2 Hastings (Nebraska) travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
36 Boulder travel answers





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