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Travel time from Twin Cities (airport) to and from Duluth

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Travel time from Twin Cities (airport) to and from Duluth

What is the approximate drive time each way from airport in MSP to Duluth on a Thursday afternoon and returning back on Sunday morning? This is for the last weekend this month (Sept). I am an infrequent Minnesota visitor and have never made this drive before. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Travel time from Twin Cities (airport) to and from Duluth

What time in the afternoon? If between 3 and 6 allow more time.

But in general about 2.5 hours each way

Minneapolis
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2. Re: Travel time from Twin Cities (airport) to and from Duluth

You are very close to 35W at the airport.

Hop on that and ride that all the way north to Duluth.

The sooner you get north of the cities and out of traffic, the better.

Maybe stop for a snack north of Forest Lake.

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3. Re: Travel time from Twin Cities (airport) to and from Duluth

I'd pay attention to construction between Duluth and the Twin Cities as there has been a lot of lane closures and this could affect your drive time.

There have also been a significant number of weekend road closures for construction in the Twin Cities this summer/fall, the MNDOT site should have this info as well as the Star-Tribune and/or Pioneer Press websites.

www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/current.html

Diamond Bar...
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4. Re: Travel time from Twin Cities (airport) to and from Duluth

Thank you all for the information. I will take the road work into careful consideration especially on my return drive Sunday morning so I will arrive back at the airport in plenty of time to turn in my rental car and catch my flight home.

BTW, would you consider the 35 to be a "freeway" type of highway, meaning you pass over or by pass a lot of small cities and towns and avoid a lot of stop lights, stop signs? Would you consider the drive scenic? I am from Southern California so any bit of countryside, trees and water minus suburban sprawl is considered scenic, LOL.

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5. Re: Travel time from Twin Cities (airport) to and from Duluth

I-35 is the main freeway from TX all the way to the end, in Duluth. No stops.

It will be very flat until the last 15 miles as you head down to the lake. That part is really scenic.

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6. Re: Travel time from Twin Cities (airport) to and from Duluth

You're coming at the good time of year to catch fall foliage in the northern part of the state. You'll see more trees and some pretty lakes in the 2nd half of your northbound route.

I'd recommend trying to catch as much driving along Hwy 61 as you can, along Lake Superior, at least the 30 mile trip from Duluth to Two Harbors.

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7. Re: Travel time from Twin Cities (airport) to and from Duluth

I make it to duluth in about 2 hours going 80-85mph if wanting to bypass construction highway 23 will bring you to Blackbear casino where you than get back onto 35, and depending on what areas you are trying to reach that can have a damper on your time

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