The North Star State is home to the beautiful city of Minneapolis. This city is home to several lakes where you can enjoy swimming, canoeing, and fishing. Whether you’re visiting in the winter, spring, summer, or the fall, there’s something for just about everyone to do. Famous musicians including Prince, Motion City Soundtrack and Bob Dylan have called Minnesota home.
Whether you want to explore the ice castles and statues in the city during frigid January or you’re looking to participate in one of the nation's largest pride parades in June, it’s quite the underrated city. You can spend time outdoors exploring Minnehaha Falls or go kayaking through the Lake of the Isles.
If you want to take a break from Minnesota, you can easily head west on a road trip to Spokane by renting an affordable van and hitting the road with your friends! The road trip is around 1,400 miles and takes 21 hours without stopping, but what’s the fun in that? Check out several points of interest below to make the trip one to remember!
Last but not least, if you’re looking for breathtaking sights, Lake Coeur d’Alene is one worth seeing. Located in Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, this is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors. If you like water activities, you’re in for a treat. On Lake Coeur d’Alene you’ll be able to rent a yacht, go canoeing, rent a paddleboard, or just take a dip in the lake! This isn’t like any other lake you’ve been to before.
With stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the dense evergreen forests, you’ll feel like you’re in a Bob Ross painting! There are plenty of picnic tables all around the lake, making it easy to fuel up after a long day out on the water. If you need to get a little more rest before you reach your final destination, consider staying at one of the state parks in the area.
What’s a road trip without stopping at an art museum? While Missoula is a piece of art itself, the Missoula Art Museum is well worth checking out! Easily one of the best things about this place is the free admission. Road trips can cost a lot of money and it’s great to save where you can while still having a great time. At the Missoula Art Museum, you’ll see several works by contemporary Montana artists.
There are exhibits that change throughout the year that have work from artists from all over the world! On their website, you’ll be able to view what the current exhibit is and check out the calendar to see if there are any events when you’ll be passing through! The museum also offers art classes for those interested in learning more! You can get some rest at the Missoula KOA Holiday.
After a day filled with dinosaurs, it’s time to pour yourself a glass of wine. The Yellowstone Cellars and Winery is located in the beautiful city of Billings, Montana. We all know that road trips can be exhausting and there’s nothing quite like visiting a winery to take the load off! The Yellowstone Cellars and Winery has been recognized by the state as the best winery in Montana.
Not only will you be able to buy a bottle there, but you’ll be able to sample several different types of wine and enjoy some amazing food during your stay. You’ll be able to see the live process of how wine is made, including the large containers of grapes that are waiting to be turned into this delicious beverage! Remember to not drink and drive. You can sleep off the alcohol in the van and continue the road trip when you’re all sober and ready to go!
Located in Glendive, Montana, the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum is a great pit stop during your trip. Montana is a gorgeous state to visit, but it does take quite a while to drive through which is why you’ll want to make the most out of your stops. This museum is a private dinosaur museum that will transport you back to the prehistoric age. There you will be able to see full and complete skeletons of several different types of dinosaurs.
It is important to keep in mind there is a twist to this museum. The owner created this museum to allow visitors to see how God, according to them, existed with dinosaurs and what the purpose of their creation was. Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s still a cool place to see a bit of history with the extinct creatures!
Half-way through North Dakota, you could stop at the Superslide Amusement Park. Stopping here will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time and you’re visiting a carnival from the 1950s. There is plenty to do at this amusement park, but it’s nothing like Six Flags. Here you will find a giant slide to ride down while you’re in a burlap sack. Trust us, it’s tons of fun!
There are also a few classic carnival attractions including a large Ferris wheel and concessions. There’s rock climbing, small rides, and great food! You can ride the go-karts and compete against your friends in one of the many games. This is also a great place to get some photos for your trip! Don’t forget to get in some mini-golf before you head back out on the road towards Washington!
Making your way out of Minnesota across the border to Fargo, North Dakota, you can stop at the Red River Zoo. One thing that’s important to note about this zoo is that it’s open from the end of April through October. There you will find several different animals to see and you’ll be greeted by a giant tiger statue! There are educational programs throughout the year that will teach both kids and adults something new about their favorite critters!
You’ll be able to see classic animals like giraffes and lions, as well as unique ones you may have not seen before. The Red River Zoo has food to fill your hungry belly and there are souvenirs to remember your trip by as well. Park your van or RV and get some sleep to prepare for your next day on the road!
Getting out of the city and heading north towards Saint Cloud, you’ll reach the Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in Waite Park, Minnesota. While this is a great place to explore, take the dog on a walk, or just spend some time outdoors, there’s something that sets this place apart from other nature preserves. There are giant quarries that are filled with natural rainwater.
These quarries are surrounded by cliffs that vary in size from just a few feet to over 50 feet above the water. People from all over the state travel to the Quarry Park and Nature Preserve to go cliff jumping into the water! This is a thrilling and exciting activity that you and your friends can enjoy. You can get some sleep at one of the nearby campsites where you can pitch a tent or simply park the van before making your way to North Dakota.
Start your trip to the Pacific Northwest off by swinging over to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. This mall is so large that people from all over the world travel to Minnesota just to go shopping. It even has its very own zip code! Not only is this four-level mall the perfect place to get rid of that cash that’s burning a hole in your pocket, but there’s also plenty more to do than just shop!
In the center of the mall, there is an amusement park that has plenty of rides, games, and rollercoasters. On the bottom level of the mall, there is an underwater world that includes an aquarium tunnel that you can walk through and there are even sharks and stingrays that you can pet. There are hundreds of stores and plenty of restaurants to keep you entertained while you’re there. Next door there is the Water Park of the Mall of America where you can cool off after a long day of shopping.
Now that you’ve made it to the destination, it’s time to park the campervan and explore the beautiful city of Spokane. Filled with amazing waterfalls, stunning parks, and amazing coffee, it’s a great place to visit and relax after a long road trip across the country from the Twin Cities!