12 Inexpensive Road Trip Destinations In Minnesota That Won’t Break The Bank

Most of us would love to travel more. But with high gas prices and sky-high airfare – not to mention hotels, food, and attractions, it’s hard to justify spending thousands on a trip every time we feel like getting out into the world. Well, who says you have to spend your life savings to have a good time? Minnesota is home to more than a few road trip destinations that are as fun as they are affordable. Here are 12 of the best road trips in Minnesota, which are still just the start.

Would you ever do any of these road trips? What are some of your picks for the best road trips in Minnesota? Let us know in the comments! If you’re looking for even cheaper options for the best road trips in Minnesota, check out this list of 10 legitimately fun things you can do in Minnesota for free.

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September 24, 2021

What are some of the best budget-friendly attractions in Minnesota?  

Minnesota is a state with plenty to do no matter what your budget might be. The majority of our breathtaking state parks are either free or super-inexpensive to enter, and all of our amazing scenic byways are free to drive and explore – and you could make a whole day trip out of either! You could also visit some interesting places around the state like the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Loring Park, the Nicolette Mall, or even the world-famous Mall of America. Check out Como Park, in St. Paul, which has its own zoo, and the Cathedral of St. Paul is a stunning architectural dream that is sure to impress both religious and non-secular visitors with its ethereal beauty. For more awesome and interesting ideas about which budget-friendly attractions in Minnesota you’d like to add to your bucket list, take a look at this article 

What are the best day trips in Minnesota to do?  

Minnesota is a day-trippers' paradise, with so many things to do and see that it’s pretty hard to narrow things down to just ONE day. First and foremost, if you’ve never driven the incredible North Shore, you need to – like, right now. Put down everything you’re doing and go; it’s one of the most breathtaking scenic drives in the country and it’s right here in our backyard. Make a day out of exploring one or more of Minnesota’s awesome small towns, like Hopkins, Buffalo, or Jordan. Spend an afternoon marveling at the wonders of ancient history at the Jeffers Petroglyphs, or kill a whole day at any one of our incredible state parks – there are 66 of them, to be exact, and therefore there are 66 possible day trips right there. Fans of waterfalls will love a visit to Mankato, which is just a little over an hour outside of Minneapolis. The possibilities are quite plentiful, so start planning – you have a lot of adventure ahead of you.