Idaho Falls to Duluth Road Trip Guide


Idaho Falls is a city located in eastern Iowa that sits on the edge of the Northwestern US. And it’s close to one of the world’s most famous national parks. While Idaho Falls is considered one of the lesser-known US cities, it just so happens to be a good starting point for when you want to start a long seven-day road trip from the Northwest. Your destination, of course, will be in the midwestern US. The only difference is that you’ll be staying in the northern half of the country.

Your destination is Duluth, Minnesota. Tucked away near the northeastern corner of the Land of 10,000 Lakes is a city that is situated on the shores of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. When you look at the map, it seems like a straight line shot that spans through a few states. Get ready to take the trip of a lifetime where there will be plenty of pictures to take and memories to make.

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Point of Interest

Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Your first stop is a little bit up the road. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is adjacent to none other than Yellowstone National Park. This is the perfect stop for those who love the outdoors and everything about it. You can walk, hike, bike, ski, fish, and do just about anything within reason here. Plus, you get plenty of scenery around you that will be enough to take a few pictures.

There are so many campgrounds that are scattered throughout the forest and in nearby communities. It’s important to know which ones are able to give you the best hookup and space options. Some will provide you hookups for power and some will not. Plan accordingly and choose a campground that best fits your needs and preferences.

Yellowstone National Park

For the second stop of your road trip, you’re in good old Yellowstone National Park. You’d be insane to miss out on Old Faithful and its consistent scheduled eruptions. Be sure to get a good look at the schedule and show up at least two hours early if you want a good view. And believe us, it’s worth the wait. You’ll be able to hike, bike, walk, and spot some pretty awesome wildlife. You can even see some big bison from a safe distance.

As expected, you’ll find plenty of campgrounds that will handle RVs of any size. If your RV is measured at around 80 feet in length or less, you’re good to go.

American Computer Museum

If you ever wondered what computers from 20,000 years ago were like (no, we’re not kidding), then you should check out the American Computer Museum in Bozeman, Montana. Yes, the technology responsible dates back from 20,000 years ago. You’ll even some of the computers that were behemoths back in the day. We can guarantee you that they will be twice the size, if not more, of your computer at home. If you are looking for a place where you’ll come for curiosity and leave with fascination, this is the place to be.

Since you’re in Big Sky Country, there’s plenty of RV parks that are located in and around the Bozeman area. Most of them are just off Interstate 90 including a KOA Campground with plenty of space and amenities. You’d be hard-pressed to find anything better than a KOA Campground, in our opinion. They are all over the United States and always welcome those with RVs.

Bighorn National Forest

After a small little detour in Montana, you’re back in the state of Wyoming. This is where you’ll find the Bighorn National Forest. It is here where you’ll find thousands of hiking trails at your disposal. If you love to hike, bike, run, and explore then you’ll probably want to check out this vast forest situated on the feet of the Bighorn Mountains. Sandwiched between the Rockies and Mount Rushmore, this forest has no shortage of any recreational activities.

And you know what else it has no shortage of? Campgrounds! That’s right, there are well over 30 RV parks where you can set up your RV while resting and recharging for the next leg of your road trip. And yes, it’s about to get more exciting.

Mount Rushmore National Forest

Now you’ve entered the Black Hills of South Dakota. And lo and behold, there sit the faces of four of America’s greatest presidents. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt have been on the side of Mount Rushmore for more than 70 years. And they have since drawn in scores upon scores of visitors. After taking a few pictures of the iconic monument, you can spend the rest of your time hiking or walking while taking in the scenery. You’ll never know what you’ll see here in this part of the South Dakota wilderness.

Mount Rushmore National Forest has plenty of RV parks and campgrounds. There’s probably one on every corner you turn. Just choose which one fits your RV best and you’ll be set for the night so you can settle in and call it a night.

Badlands National Park

Not far down the road from Mount Rushmore is the Badlands National Park. You are deep in the South Dakota Wilderness where you’ll see plenty of flora and fauna alike. This park covers well over 65,000 acres and the buttes are like canyons. You’d be hard-pressed to find any other place that is picture-perfect (well there are plenty, but this one is a no-brainer when it comes to taking pictures). With plenty of rock formations of different colors and all kinds of different vegetation, this seems like the place you don’t want to miss on the way to Duluth.

Now here’s the bad news: there are little to no hotels in the nearby area. The good news: you don’t need one since you’re in an RV. You can find a good place to park your RV and rest up for the night near the park. If you want to go a little farther on Interstate 90, check out the Minute Man RV Park & Lodging.

Mall Of America

The Mall of America is the largest of its kind in the United States. In fact, it’s so large that it has its own rollercoaster. No joke. There’s plenty of stores that you can check out and there are always a few events going on in this behemoth of a building. Plus, it’s minutes away from the Twin Cities.

There is an RV park south of Bloomington called the Town and Country RV Park. It’s the only one closest by and it’s not so much out of the way. But it’s a good place to rest before heading farther north into the state of Minnesota.

Ely’s Peak and DWP Railroad Tunnel

Most of the hiking trails at this point have been at national parks. But this one is located at Short Line Park just southwest of Duluth. This was a place where railroads ran a long time ago. Since then, it has become a popular place for hikers, walkers, and even rock climbers. It might look a bit spooky, but it’s worth checking out for the sake of adventure.

Since you are not too far from Duluth, you’ll be able to find an RV park as soon as you get into the city itself.


You’ve made it! Now you can see Lake Superior in your sights. This city also sits on the edge of the Superior National Forest. If you want to check it out yourself, it’s north of Duluth. You can do quite a lot here in Duluth such as boating, swimming, camping, hiking, and so much more. In fact, you’ll be in the presence of the largest lake out of all the Great Lakes.

If you are looking for RV parks, there’s a few of them scattered on the outskirts of the city. The KOA Duluth/Cloquet Campground is just outside of the city of Interstate 35.

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