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San Diego to Minneapolis drive

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  San Diego
 Las Vegas
 Arches National Park
 Vail
 Great Platte River Road Archway
 Omaha
 Des Moines
2 travelers   /   driving   /   5 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Diego to Minneapolis road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego 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 San Diego and Minneapolis. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Diego 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

11:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 5 hours

3:48 pm  Las Vegas
stay overnight at Bellagio Hotel
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Bellagio Hotel
drive for about 7 hours

4:51 pm  Arches National Park
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Arches National Park
drive for about 4.5 hours

3:25 pm  Vail
stay overnight at Vail Ski Resort
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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 Day 4

9:00 am  leave from Vail Ski Resort
drive for about 7.5 hours

4:41 pm  Great Platte River Road Archway
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:41 pm
drive for about 3 hours

8:55 pm  Omaha
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 11 hours
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 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Omaha
drive for about 2 hours

11:58 am  Des Moines
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:58 pm
drive for about 4 hours

4:46 pm  arrive in Minneapolis
stay at Radisson Hotel Bloomington By Mall of America

day 5 driving ≈ 6 hours
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San Diego to Minneapolis questions

profile  Anthimos from Minnetonka asked:
Can be done in 18 days?  (1 answer)


Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Diego, California.

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?

Las Vegas  (297 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
    hotels around Las Vegas:
        Bellagio Hotel
        MGM Grand Las Vegas
        Wynn Hotel Las Vegas
        Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
        The Cosmopolitan
    questions about Las Vegas:
        Best new restaurants in Vegas?
        What time of year is the best for scoring a cheap deals in Las 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?

Arches National Park  (39 mentions)

Vail  (52 answers)
    restaurants around Vail:
        Minturn Saloon
    hotels around Vail:
        Vail Ski Resort
    questions about Vail:
        Outlet for ski clothing?
        Summer Restaurants in Vail

Great Platte River Road Archway

Omaha  (23 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

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?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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


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?  (13 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)

profile  Owen from Las Vegas asked:
Best areas to stay 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 San Diego 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 San Diego to Minneapolis. Or get a full San Diego 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 San Diego well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Diego!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,989 miles
driving time of 28 hours, 33 minutes
Minneapolis is 2 hours ahead of San Diego
243 San Diego travel answers
297 Las Vegas travel answers
52 Vail travel answers
23 Omaha travel answers
18 Des Moines travel answers
50 Minneapolis travel answers





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