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Oakland to Minneapolis drive

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  Oakland
 Lake Tahoe
 Elko
 Salt Lake City
 Rock Springs (Wyoming)
 Casper
 Mt Rushmore
 Sioux Falls
driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Oakland to Minneapolis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Oakland to Minneapolis. If you're planning a road trip to Minneapolis, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Oakland and Minneapolis. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Oakland and Minneapolis. 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 Oakland
drive for about 3.5 hours

1:27 pm  Lake Tahoe
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:27 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours

7:47 pm  Elko
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 9 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Elko
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:18 pm  Salt Lake City
stay overnight at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
drive for about 3 hours

12:48 pm  Rock Springs (Wyoming)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:48 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

5:31 pm  Casper
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 4

11:00 am  leave from Casper
drive for about 3.5 hours

2:35 pm  Mt Rushmore
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 5

9:00 am  leave from Mt Rushmore
drive for about 5.5 hours

2:25 pm  Sioux Falls
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:25 pm
drive for about 4 hours

7:20 pm  arrive in Minneapolis
eat at The Bachelor Farmer
stay at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America

day 5 driving ≈ 9.5 hours
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Oakland to Minneapolis questions


Where should I stop along the way?

Lake Tahoe  (45 answers)
    Emerald Bay  (6 mentions)
    Heavenly Mountain Resort  (2 mentions)
    questions about Lake Tahoe:
        Non-snow-related things to do in Lake Tahoe
        Looking for breweries, hikes and restaurants around Lake Tahoe.
        Best part of Lake Tahoe to stay
        What to see, eat, and do in Lake Tahoe?
        Spring Break Skiing

Elko  (7 answers)

Salt Lake City  (75 answers)
    Temple Square  (8 mentions)
    Liberty Park  (5 mentions)
    Tracy Aviary  (3 mentions)
    Red Butte Garden & Arboretum  (2 mentions)
    The Beehive House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Salt Lake City:
        Red Iguana
        Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
        Pig and A Jelly Jar
    hotels around Salt Lake City:
        Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel
        Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
        The Grand America Hotel
        The Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
        Off-Broadway Studios
    questions about Salt Lake City:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Salt Lake City?
        What's the best, cant-miss meal in Salt Lake City?
        Centrally-Located Hotels in Salt Lake City?
        Winter time activities in Salt Lake City
        Places to bar hop and night life in SLC?

Rock Springs (Wyoming)  (3 answers)

Casper  (4 answers)

Mt Rushmore  (39 answers)
    questions about Mt Rushmore:
        Family activities
        What should we add to the visit?
        Best campground for big rigs

Sioux Falls  (11 answers)
    questions about Sioux Falls:
        First timer to Sioux Falls- what are the best outdoor things to do/explore?


Where's the best place to stay in Minneapolis?

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 Minneapolis.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

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




Where's the best place to eat in Minneapolis?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Bachelor Farmer, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

112 Eatery  (8 mentions)
Sea Salt Eatery  (7 mentions)
Midtown Global Market  (6 mentions)
Psycho Suzi's  (6 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in Minneapolis?

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:

Lake Calhoun  (23 mentions)
Lake Harriet  (21 mentions)
Lake Of The Isles  (17 mentions)
Minnehaha Falls  (10 mentions)
Minnehaha Park  (8 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 Minneapolis. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Bianca from Miami asked:
Is the Mall of America worth visiting?  (14 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Minneapolis?  (10 answers)

profile  Keith from Denver asked:
Fine dining in Minneapolis?  (8 answers)

profile  Tandy from Miami asked:
What are the best lakes in and/or around Minneapolis?  (8 answers)

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis?  (7 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,972 miles
driving time of 28 hours, 51 minutes
Minneapolis is 2 hours ahead of Oakland
53 Oakland travel answers
45 Lake Tahoe travel answers
7 Elko travel answers
75 Salt Lake City travel answers
3 Rock Springs (Wyoming) travel answers
4 Casper travel answers
39 Mt Rushmore travel answers
11 Sioux Falls travel answers
52 Minneapolis travel answers





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