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Minneapolis to Niagara Falls drive

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Minneapolis to Niagara Falls road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Minneapolis to Niagara Falls. If you're planning a road trip to Niagara Falls, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, 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 1.5 hours

11:33 am  Eau Claire
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:33 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:27 pm  Wisconsin Dells
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:27 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

6:43 pm  Chicago
eat at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:30 am  Kalamazoo
eat at Bell's Brewery, Inc: Brewery
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:30 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:01 pm  Lapeer
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:01 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:13 pm  Magicjack - Canada Inc
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 8:13 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

9:32 pm  arrive in Niagara Falls

day 2 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Minneapolis to Niagara Falls.

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?

Eau Claire  (2 answers)
Wisconsin Dells  (11 answers)
    Noah's Ark  (3 mentions)
    questions about Wisconsin Dells:
        Best free things to do in Wisconsin Dells?
Chicago  (267 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:
        Best Chicago pizza?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?
        What to do in one weekend in Chicago?
        airport transportation
        What are the coolest hotels in downtown Chicago?
Kalamazoo  (9 answers)
    Air Zoo  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Kalamazoo:
        Bell's Brewery, Inc: Brewery
        Arcadia Brewing Company Kalamazoo
        The Union Cabaret & Grille
        Old Dog Tavern
    questions about Kalamazoo:
        What's the best neighborhood in Kalamazoo for a first time visitor?
        Best free things to do in Kalamazoo?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Kalamazoo?
    questions about Lapeer:
        Best free things to do in Lapeer?
Magicjack - Canada Inc  (2 mentions)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Niagara Falls, Canada.

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

What are some things to do in Niagara Falls?

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:

Niagara Falls  (18 mentions)
Maid of the Mist  (5 mentions)
Skylon Tower  (4 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 Niagara Falls. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Julie Baker from asked:
best place  (3 answers)

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Niagara Falls?  (2 answers)

 Angie Rolson from Champaign asked:
Can we take food across the US/Canada border on our road trip to Niagara Falls?  (2 answers)

 Emily Pannuti from Pennsylvania asked:
Best and most affordable hotel with bar and hot tub?  (1 answer)

 Kerstin Thulin from asked:
Travel by car from Stowe to Niagara falls fastest route  (1 answer)

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

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 Niagara Falls 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 Niagara Falls. Or get a full Minneapolis to Niagara Falls 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.

And if you know Minneapolis well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Minneapolis!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 937 miles
driving time of 14 hours
Niagara Falls is 1 hour ahead of Minneapolis
44 Minneapolis travel answers
2 Eau Claire travel answers
11 Wisconsin Dells travel answers
267 Chicago travel answers
9 Kalamazoo travel answers
1 Lapeer travel answer
56 Niagara Falls travel answers

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