Columbus to Minneapolis Road Trip Guide


The City of Columbus is smack dab in the middle of the Buckeye State of Ohio. And it’s the state capital that is home to Ohio State University. During college football season, the city lives for its Buckeyes football team. And it’s perhaps one of the best starting points to take a road trip to the northern half of America’s midwest. From Columbus, you’ll be spending the next seven days traveling to Minneapolis.

Minneapolis is one of the two Twin Cities of Minnesota (the other being St. Paul). There’s a lot you can do in Minneapolis like catching a Twins game at Target Field during baseball season or a Vikings game as US Bank Stadium when football is in full swing. Plus, you might do a lot of walking along the 11-mile skyway that covers dozens of blocks. If you have seven days to spare and an RV, you and your family will have a ton of fun on this road trip. Let’s buckle up and get started.

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Point of Interest

The Topiary Park

If you decide to stay in Columbus before the big trip, it might be worth checking out a few places. One place we suggest is the Topiary Park. That's where you’ll find plenty of sculptures made from topiaries. Who knew you could create such masterpieces when you have a pair of hedge trimmers? You’ll see these life-sized sculptures up close and personal. And they are definitely worth taking pictures.

There are a few RV parks that you can find in the city of Columbus or outside of it. If you want something that’s close to the roadways, the Korbel North or East Campground might be the best option for you if you are looking for a place that will give you plenty of space for your RV to park.

National Museum Of The US Air Force

As you are traveling west, you’ll be near Dayton. That’s where you’ll find the National Museum of the US Air Force. It is located near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is home to several exhibits. Learn the history of America’s military might in the air and see planes that range back from the World War I era to modern times. It is the largest and oldest aviation museum in the world, so you’ll be spending almost the entire day here.

If you are looking for an RV park that is conveniently located near Interstate 70, you can check out the KOA Campground that is located northwest of Dayton. KOA Campgrounds are a national brand and are always reliable for when you are going on a long road trip with an RV. Plenty of hookups and amenities are what you’ll get at these campgrounds no matter where you are in the country.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

If you are a racing fan, then you’d be crazy to pass up the opportunity to stop here while you are making your way through Indiana. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the largest racing circuits in the world. It is home to the NASCAR Brickyard 400 and the Indy 500. Many historic races have happened here and history will continue to be written here for as long as this iconic race track is still standing.

After spending the day at Indiana’s capital city, you can settle in and crash at the KOA Campground that is located east of downtown Indianapolis on Interstate 70. Like most of the campgrounds KOA has, you’ll have everything you need even space for your RV if it’s a bit bigger than others.

Navy Pier

You’ve arrived in the Windy City of Chicago. There’s plenty of places to check out while you are in the city, including the Navy Pier. It’s a carnival where you can play games, go on rides, and have fun with the entire family. Whether you spend a few hours here or the entire day, there is no shortage of what you can do.

The closest RV parks are located mostly out of the Chicagoland suburbs. If you travel farther west on Interstate 90 you’ll find a few around Schaumburg and the surrounding area. Once again, we recommend a KOA Campground. This time, it’s located in the town of Coral Township. Just merge off Interstate 90 and hop on US Route 20 for a bit and it’s right on the main roadway.

L.R. Ingersoll Physics Museum

After spending some time on Interstate 90, you’ve already driven through much of Wisconsin. Be sure to stop by the capital city of Madison and visit the L.R. Ingersoll Physics Museum while you’re there. This museum will have plenty of hands-on exhibits that you and the family might enjoy. There are plenty of toys that are so awesome even the inner child in your will come out and play with them. Believe us when we tell you that they are hard to resist.

If you are looking for RV parks, there’s not too many of them in Madison unless you need to go a bit farther. But there is one just south of the city called the Lake Farm Campground. It’s located on the Capital Springs State Recreation Area. In fact, you’ll find some campgrounds that will accept RVs and campers.

Kalahari Resorts Dells

As you head farther up Interstate 90 once more, you’ll come across a hidden gem that might be Wisconsin’s best-kept secret. The Kalahari Resorts Dells is home to the largest indoor waterpark in America. You and your family will have a blast here whether it’s rain or shine. There’s plenty of pools, waterslides, and so much fun that you can do in one day here. Plus, it’s always 84 degrees indoors no matter what. Not too hot or too cold. Just comfortable. In there, it’s summertime all the time.

There’s a few RV parks and campgrounds located just outside of the town, including a KOA Campground just conveniently located off of the Interstate. A nice place that is located close to the road so you can get in, rest up, and head out the next day with ease.

Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum

Located outside of Eau Claire, you’ll be greeted by none other than Paul Bunyan and his trusty blue ox, Babe. Well, actually they’re statues. Here, you will learn the history of logging in Wisconsin and the United States. You’ll be in a community that will look like you’ve traveled back in time to the 1890s. This includes a blacksmith shop, a heavy equipment shed, and much more.

If you are looking for campgrounds that are RV friendly, the Eagle Ridge Campground just located north of the city might be a good place to settle in for the night before heading towards the final leg of your trip. Along with its handful of amenities, you’ll get to see plenty of wildlife hanging around like deer, wild turkeys, and others.

Museum of Quackery and Medical Frauds

Did you ever think there would be a museum where the artifacts consisted of questionable medical supplies? There is. It’s located in one of the Twin Cities. Welcome to the Minnesota capital city of St. Paul. This museum has plenty of artifacts of medical devices that were deemed questionable to illegal for the purposes of treating patients.

After spending some time here, you are almost at your destination. However, if you are looking for an RV park just outside of the Twin Cities, there’s a KOA Campground located southwest of Minneapolis. Another is the Dakota Meadows RV Park in the town of Prior Lake.


You have made it to Minneapolis! After you’ve set up shop at your RV park of choice, hopefully you’ve hitched an extra vehicle that will get you around the city. While you are in Minneapolis, you can check out the city’s Skyway, which is 11 miles of skywalks that cover blocks upon blocks of the city. If you are a sports fan, be sure to catch a Twins game at Target Field. Don’t forget, there’s also the Mall of America located outside of the city.

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