Your New Haven to Minneapolis RV road trip is paved with visits to some of the coolest places in the country. Outdoor excursions to spectacular national parks have you zooming to the top of the incredible St. Louis Arch at Gateway Arch National Park and exploring the natural beauty of Cuyahoga Valley and Indiana Dunes National Parks on hiking and kayaking adventures. You'll also experience architectural wonder at the Vessel in New York, wander through sweet exhibits at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and chow down on some of the best deep-dish in Chicago at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria.
Enjoy every ounce of nature as you check out some of the most beautiful and unique national parks on your road trip from New Haven to Minneapolis.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a great first stop as you enter the city of Cleveland. Here, you can explore the park on horseback on seven relaxing bridle trails or throw on your hiking boots as you head to the Nature Center to check out some exhibits and learn more about the Cuyahoga Valley. Brandywine Falls and Blue Hen Falls are must-see areas that are perfect for photography and picnicking. A ride aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is another amazing way to view Ohio's only national park. Be sure to hit the river for an unforgettable kayaking or fishing adventure, and stay overnight to enjoy the naturally dark skies above Cuyahoga Valley.
Indiana Dunes National Park
Indiana Dunes National Park invites you to explore the pristine dunes of Lake Michigan on fun hiking challenges that span 14 different trail systems. If you prefer the water, you can head to the beach for a fun day of swimming, fishing, sailing, or kayaking. Some of the historical sights you'll want to see while you're here include the Bailey Homestead, Chellburg Farm, and the Old Lighthouse Museum. In the late afternoon, you can enjoy a relaxing picnic on the shore as you watch the sunset over the lake or check out some of the local wineries.
Gateway Arch National Park
Gateway Arch National Park is four hours and 20 minutes south of Chicago in St. Louis and is well worth the detour. At this stunning 91-acre ode to history, you'll experience the iconic arch from the inside on the thrilling Tram Ride to the Top in a retro elevator that keeps you upright as you travel up 630 feet to the apex of the arch. Once you're back on the ground, head to the Museum at Gateway Arch located beneath the magnificent structure to learn about the arch's construction and its connection to the Westward expansion of America. Don't forget to add the Old Courthouse to your list of places to see here, and make time to enjoy a sunset cruise down the Mississippi on Riverboats at Gateway Arch.
For even more outdoor adventure, consider adding some lovely state parks to your New Haven to Minneapolis road trip.
Little Buffalo State Park
Little Buffalo State Park allows you to kick back, relax and soak in the scenery as you take your time exploring the historic area. The Pennsylvania park features plenty of hiking and biking trails, a sparkling swimming pool, a butterfly garden, and great fishing spots along Little Buffalo Creek.
Potato Creek State Park
Potato Creek State Park offers 3,840 acres of adventure for nature lovers to enjoy in the rolling hills of South Bend, Indiana. Explore this lush park by land or water on scenic hikes through the forest or on fun kayak excursions on Worster Lake, which is also fantastic fishing for bass and bluegill.
Blue Mound State Park
Blue Mound State Park is the perfect place to spend a couple of days hiking, biking, and camping in the Wisconsin wilderness. There are six miles of trails to enjoy, and you can participate in several programs at the Nature Center before taking a dip in the only Wisconsin state park swimming pool.
A visit to Gobbler's Knob is a must as you make your way through Pennsylvania. This iconic site is the inspiration for one of the most beloved films of the 90s, Groundhog Day, and it's the actual home of the star, Punxsutawney Phil. Take a hike on Gobbler's Knob Trail to learn about Groundhog Day's history, and then snap a few pics of Phil's wooden hideaway after you visit the Gobbler's Knob Visitor Center.
A Christmas Story House
Enjoy the holidays any time of the year on a tour of the A Christmas Story House, where you can step into Ralphie's shoes as you explore two floors of perfectly preserved movie history; then, head across the street to view more memorabilia at the A Christmas Story Museum. The Bumpus House is also available for exploration next door. For a fully immersive experience, you can stay the night in either house.
Navy Pier treats you to some of the most incredible attractions the Windy City has to offer. At this 50-acre fun haven, you can enjoy live performances at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, take a leisurely walk among ever-changing public art displays, and marvel at the beautiful foliage in the Crystal Garden, a six-story glass atrium with spectacular views of the city and the Centennial Wheel. The pier also features a sweet Miller Lite Beer Garden, which runs from May through October, an IMAX Theater, and tons of shops and restaurants.
New York, New York
In New York, do as the New Yorkers do, and start your day with an insanely good time at Bubby's, a prime brunch spot where the pancakes are mega-fluffy and the lemonade is spiked. After, you can walk off those carbs at the Hudson Yards with a visit to the Vessel, a multi-level architectural NYC icon that resembles a honeycomb reminiscent of a famous fictional underground city for fans of Resident Evil. More places you must experience include Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Katz's Deli.
Liberty Harbor RV Park offers a fantastic urban camping experience that features incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, 24/7 security, an on-site restaurant and bar, laundry facilities, and a dump station.
Cleveland is a fantastic place to dig into the roots of modern music on a scintillating tour of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame followed by a nighttime journey to the Grog Shop for a live rock show. Work your cultural muscles at any one of the nine theatres at Playhouse Square after absorbing some art at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art. Hungry? Hit the Westside Market to snack on the culinary wares of over 100 vendors, and then go on a historical adventure at Franklin Castle, a Victorian-style mansion that's rumored to be haunted.
Woodside Lake Park rests on 100 beautiful acres where campers can enjoy fun activities that include swimming, hiking, and fishing, in addition to amenities that include a convenience store, a dump station, picnic areas, and propane refills.
No trip to Chicago is complete without a self-guided pizza tour, a walk through Millennium Park, and a ride up to the observation deck on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower. Start your deep-dish adventure at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria for a perfectly spiced slice of heaven before moving onto Coalfire to indulge in a gooey helping of vodka meatball pizza with a side of vino. From there, head to the Magnificent Mile to explore the shops, and then hop onto a Chicago River cruise or Classic Lake Tour to check out some of the city's most interesting landmarks.
At Chicago Northwest KOA, expect peace and quiet as you enjoy the rustic setting of this lovely campground. Some of the amenities you'll have access to include free Wi-Fi, bike rentals, a dump station, and a laundry room.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from New Haven to Minneapolis, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in New Haven or Minneapolis.