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Minneapolis to Palm Springs drive

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  Minneapolis
 Des Moines
 Omaha
 North Platte
 Denver
 Arches National Park
 Zion National Park
 Las Vegas
   Palm Springs 
2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Minneapolis to Palm Springs road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Minneapolis to Palm Springs. If you're planning a road trip to Palm Springs, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Minneapolis and Palm Springs. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Minneapolis and Palm Springs. 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 4 hours

1:46 pm  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:46 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:54 pm  Omaha
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Omaha
drive for about 4 hours

2:00 pm  North Platte
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:00 pm
drive for about 4 hours

6:48 pm  Denver
eat at Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
stay overnight at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
drive for about 6 hours

4:50 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 6 hours

4:04 pm  Zion National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Zion National Park
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:41 am  Las Vegas
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:38 pm  arrive in Palm Springs
eat at Trio Restaurant
stay at Cheeky's

day 5 driving ≈ 6.5 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?

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

North Platte  (2 answers)

Denver  (166 answers)
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science  (15 mentions)
    Denver Botanic Gardens  (12 mentions)
    Denver Art Museum  (11 mentions)
    LoDo  (11 mentions)
    Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Denver:
        Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
        Rioja
        Acorn
        Root Down
        Bistro Vendome
    hotels around Denver:
        The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver
        The Crawford Hotel
        Four Seasons Hotel Denver
        Hotel Teatro
        the Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
    questions about Denver:
        Short, scenic drives from Denver?
        Best resort for advanced skier?
        Activites to do with children ages 7-11
        Best locations to stay in Denver
        Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?

Arches National Park  (34 mentions)

Zion National Park  (77 mentions)
    questions about Zion National Park:
        When is the best time to visit/hike Zion national park?
        Canyoneer boots, Keen sandals, or old tennis shoes for Narrows hike?
        What's the best time of year to hike in Zion?
        Poisonous plants/ Venomous animals in Zion Canyon
        Are hiking boots necessary now if I hike Angels Landing

Las Vegas  (294 answers)
    Downtown Container Park  (15 mentions)
    Fremont Street Experience  (15 mentions)
    High Roller  (10 mentions)
    The Mob Museum  (8 mentions)
    Neon Museum  (8 mentions)
    restaurants around Las Vegas:
        Giada
        Mon Ami Gabi
        Wicked Spoon
        Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
        Lotus of Siam
    questions about Las Vegas:
        What time of year is the best for scoring a cheap deals in Las Vegas
        Best new restaurants in Vegas?
        Best tips and casinos for first time gambler?
        Top things to do in Las Vegas that don't include gambling?
        Is it better to stay on or off the Las Vegas strip?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Palm Springs, California.

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


Where's the best place to stay in Palm Springs?

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 Palm Springs.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Cheeky's, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Viceroy Palm Springs  (4 mentions)
Ace Hotel  (4 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Palm Springs? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Palm Springs?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Trio Restaurant, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Jake's  (3 mentions)
Workshop Kitchen + Bar  (3 mentions)
Bar  (3 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Palm Springs?

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:

Indian Canyons  (4 mentions)
Trina Turk  (3 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 Palm Springs. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jillian from Los Angeles asked:
Best hotel pools in Palm Springs?  (7 answers)

profile  Bailey from Los Angeles asked:
Cheap eats/activities  (4 answers)

profile  Nalin from Cypress asked:
Quick weekend gataway this winter  (3 answers)

profile  Claire from San Diego asked:
Mid-range hotels  (2 answers)

profile  miss from Los Angeles asked:
What to do in palm springs in November?  (2 answers)

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




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 Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs. Or get a full Minneapolis to Palm Springs 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 1,889 miles
driving time of 27 hours, 41 minutes
Palm Springs is 2 hours behind Minneapolis
46 Minneapolis travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
17 Omaha travel answers
2 North Platte travel answers
166 Denver travel answers
294 Las Vegas travel answers
47 Palm Springs travel answers





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