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Minneapolis to Washington, DC drive

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Minneapolis to Washington, DC road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Minneapolis to Washington, DC. If you're planning a road trip to Washington, DC, 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

Day 1, 11:33 am:  Eau Claire
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:33 pm
drive for about 3 hours

Day 1, 3:19 pm:  Madison
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:19 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 1, 6:57 pm:  Chicago
eat at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
stay overnight at The James Chicago Hotel
leave the next day around 11:00 am


Day 2, 11:00 am:  leave from The James Chicago Hotel
drive for about 2 hours

Day 2, 12:49 pm:  Mishawaka
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:49 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 2, 4:16 pm:  Toledo (Ohio)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am


Day 3, 9:00 am:  leave from Toledo (Ohio)
drive for about 2 hours

Day 3, 10:49 am:  Cleveland
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:49 am
drive for about 2 hours

Day 3, 1:54 pm:  Pittsburgh
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:54 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 3, 5:38 pm:  Washington County Ag Education Center and Rural Heritage Museum
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:38 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

Day 3, 7:53 pm:  arrive in Washington, DC
eat at National Gallery of Art
stay at JW Marriott Hotel


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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?

Eau Claire  (2 answers)
Madison  (23 answers)
    Wisconsin State Capitol  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Madison:
        The Old Fashioned
        Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co
        L'Etoile
        Ha Long Bay
    questions about Madison:
        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?
Chicago  (252 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?
Mishawaka
Toledo (Ohio)  (6 answers)
    Toledo Zoo  (2 mentions)
Cleveland  (39 answers)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (13 mentions)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art  (12 mentions)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  (6 mentions)
    West Side Market  (6 mentions)
    Great Lakes Brewing Company  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Cleveland:
        Lola
        Lolita
        The Greenhouse Tavern
        Melt Bar & Grilled
        L'Albatros
    questions about Cleveland:
        Good restaurants for business dinner?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Cleveland?
        New to the city, friend coming to visit: What should we do?
        Vegetarian near Playhouse Square
        Best breweries in Cleveland?
Pittsburgh  (26 answers)
    Andy Warhol Museum  (9 mentions)
    Carnegie Museum of Natural History  (8 mentions)
    National Aviary  (6 mentions)
    Carnegie Museum of Art  (6 mentions)
    Phipps Conservatory  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Pittsburgh:
        Primanti Brothers
        Primanti Bros.
    questions about Pittsburgh:
        First timer to Pittsburgh, what should I explore?
        First time to Pittsburgh, what are things a first time visitor has to do?
        Parking spots for a 45' motorcoach in or near downtown Pittsburgh
        Pittsburgh on a budget?
        Trendy neighborhoods in Pittsburgh?
Washington County Ag Education Center and Rural Heritage Museum




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Washington, District of Columbia.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Washington, DC?

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 Washington, DC.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out JW Marriott Hotel, which was mentioned 5 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Willard  (3 mentions)
W Washington DC  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in Washington, DC?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest National Gallery of Art, which was mentioned 19 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Mitsitam Cafe  (10 mentions)
Founding Farmers  (9 mentions)
Rose's Luxury  (9 mentions)
Pavilion CafĂ©  (8 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Washington, DC? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Washington, DC?

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:

National Mall  (30 mentions)
Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
Lincoln Memorial  (22 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 Washington, DC. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Jessica Franco from asked:
Best hotel near museums  (20 answers)

 Hannah Grant from Milwaukee asked:
Fun free things to do in D.C.?  (11 answers)

 Annemarie Dooling from New York City asked:
Getting from Union Station to National Mall?  (10 answers)

 Julian Sabos from Tampa asked:
How to make the most of three days in DC  (10 answers)

 Bianca Sousa from Miami asked:
Best of the Smithsonian?  (10 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Washington, DC.






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 Washington, DC 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 Washington, DC. Or get a full Minneapolis to Washington, DC 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!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,113 miles
driving time of 16 hours, 41 minutes
Washington, DC is 1 hour ahead of Minneapolis
41 Minneapolis travel answers
2 Eau Claire travel answers
23 Madison travel answers
252 Chicago travel answers
1 Mishawaka travel answer
6 Toledo (Ohio) travel answers
39 Cleveland travel answers
26 Pittsburgh travel answers
145 Washington, DC travel answers





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