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Minneapolis to Indianapolis drive in 1 day

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Minneapolis to Indianapolis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Minneapolis to Indianapolis. If you're planning a road trip to Indianapolis, 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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8:00 am  start in Minneapolis
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:33 am  Eau Claire (Wisconsin)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 10:33 am
drive for about 1 hour

11:39 am  Neillsville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:39 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:25 pm  Wisconsin Dells
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:25 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:26 pm  Madison (Wisconsin)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:26 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

6:46 pm  Lake Geneva
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 7:46 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:21 pm  Chicago
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 1:21 am (past midnight)
drive for about 2 hours

3:35 am (past midnight)  eat at Triple XXX Family Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:35 am (next morning)
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:56 am (next morning)  arrive in Indianapolis

driving ≈ 12 hours

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Where should I stop along the way?

Eau Claire (Wisconsin)  (4 answers)


Wisconsin Dells  (11 answers)
    Noah's Ark  (3 mentions)
    questions about Wisconsin Dells:
        Best free things to do in Wisconsin Dells?

Madison (Wisconsin)  (32 answers)
    Wisconsin State Capitol  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Madison (Wisconsin):
        The Old Fashioned
        Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co
        Ha Long Bay
    questions about Madison (Wisconsin):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Madison?
        Family-friendly campsites near Madison for large groups
        Where is there a good Japanese restaurant?
        One day trip, looking for a good time under $100
        Catholic Easter Vigil Mass with good music in Madison?

Lake Geneva  (2 answers)

Chicago  (311 answers)
    Millennium Park  (54 mentions)
    The Art Institute of Chicago  (48 mentions)
    Shedd Aquarium  (46 mentions)
    Willis Tower  (38 mentions)
    Lincoln Park Zoo  (35 mentions)
    restaurants around Chicago:
        Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
        Pequod's Pizza
        Girl & the Goat
        Big Star
        Au Cheval
    hotels around Chicago:
        The James Chicago Hotel
        Hotel Palomar Chicago
        Acme Hotel Company Chicago
        Virgin Hotels Chicago
        Thompson Chicago
    questions about Chicago:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        Chicago - Should we rent a car or no?

Triple XXX Family Restaurant

What are some things to do in Indianapolis?

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:

Indianapolis Zoo  (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 Indianapolis. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Indianapolis?  (13 answers)

profile  Brett from Long Beach asked:
Your Favorite Holiday Events in Indianapolis  (4 answers)

profile  Kira from Los Angeles asked:
Awesome food trucks?  (3 answers)

profile  Valerie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Indianapolis?  (3 answers)

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

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 Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis. Or get a full Minneapolis to Indianapolis 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 595 miles
driving time of 8 hours, 55 minutes
Indianapolis is 1 hour ahead of Minneapolis
57 Minneapolis travel answers
4 Eau Claire (Wisconsin) travel answers
11 Wisconsin Dells travel answers
32 Madison (Wisconsin) travel answers
2 Lake Geneva travel answers
311 Chicago travel answers
41 Indianapolis travel answers


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