Spending my entire life in Minnesota, I've come to know the best road trip stops and secret hidden gems. This particular road trip is one that starts in Minnesota, and then takes a little tour of the midwest. Personally, it's the best road trip I've ever had the pleasure of going on. The Dakota's are nothing short of amazing, and the mountains in Montana and Wyoming are more than enough to knock your socks off!
The trip starts off in the twin cities, and you can't miss the iconic MOA. Make sure you save a few hours to explore all it has to offer - it's got some pretty unique stores, a movie theater, and even an amusement park.
Make your way up to the St. Cloud/Waite Park area, and take a stop at Texas Roadhouse. The atmosphere is so fun and upbeat, and the all-you-can-eat buns are to die for.
This beautiful park has something for everyone! Go cliff jumping off the gorgeous natural granite rocks, floating in the massive swimming hole, or take a walk on the miles of wooded trails.
Pitch a tent (or camper) at Crosslake Campground, a beautifully maintained and always clean facility. There's two beaches on the grounds, as well as two boat launches and fishing areas.
Explore Crosslake and try your hand at mini golfing! There's two courses that are loads of fun at the Whistling Wolf, as well as a gift shop.
Stop at Lake County to grab some ice cream (the best in the world in my opinion), and spend an hour exploring the crafts made locally.
For supper, head on over to Zorbaz! They've got phenomenal pizza you need to try. And if you're feeling energetic, they've got a beach volleyball set up!
After a long drive to South Dakota, you might be feeling a little bored. Look no further than the corn palace! How could you pass a place as weird as this up? You need to stop, even if it's just to get a picture.
The Cracker Barrel is one of my favorite restaurants for a reason: They've got amazing food and an awesome gift shop. Generally you can only find these in the south, which is why this one is a must stop.
This is a popular park, and for good reason. The views are absolutely breathtaking! Camping is an option, and I would highly suggest doing so. Plus, there's a really good chance you're going to see wild horses!
There's a lot to do in Rapid City, so planning to spend the night here is a good idea. This hotel is the best place to do it - fantastic accommodations and an absolutely beautiful hotel.
Want to have the time of your life getting up close and personal (but still be safe) with bears? Look no further!
Not only is Mount Rushmore incredibly iconic, but it's also an extremely fun attraction. If you're nearby, it's another must stop! You can actually get really close up for some great pictures. Plus, there's a massive gift shop.
Red Lodge is arguably the most scenic area in Montana. Stop here to really take in all the views, and marvel at God's creation. Red Lodge is a very tourist friendly town, with loads of adorable gift shops and tons of fantastic eateries.
The drive up West Summit is a little bit scary, but so worth it. Once you make it to the top of the mountain and can take all of it in, you'll be blown away. Great for a photo op!
When you're on your way to Yellowstone, Cody is a town you should spend an entire day visiting. There's so much to see and do! The Cody Nite Rodeo is a rodeo that goes on EVERY SINGLE NIGHT in the summer! It's so much fun watching the pros do what they do best in the wild west.
Cody is known for being in the wild west, so why not stop in to get a little history and background information? It's so intriguing!
You can't come all this way without making a stop at Yellowstone Lake. It's so massive, it never freezes completely. The water is a magnificent shade of blue.
Honestly, you can't go wrong in Yellowstone, but you definitely won't go wrong making a stop at Yellowstone Caldera. The beauty of this place will blow your mind!
This is what you came for! Take as much time as you want to explore all the wonders Yellowstone Park has to offer. From mountains to canyons, cauldrons to wild Grizzly bears, this place has everything needed to take your breath away. You're going to love it! It's highly recommended to spend more than a day exploring - Yellowstone offers plenty of accommodations. You can get fancy in one of their magnificent hotels, lodges or cabins; or you can rough it in one of the campgrounds on site.
After spending a week (or two or three) touring the midwest, you've probably had the most fun you've had in a while (or ever!). This road trip is nothing short of amazing, and it's one I'm positive you'll want to do again.