Minnesota Road Trip
Printable Task Description, Guidelines, and Assumptions
The Task: A
favorite aunt and her two children from another state will be visiting your
family for a two-week vacation. They want to spend one full week of their
visit exploring Minnesota. It is your (the students') job to prepare
a one-week (seven-day) travel itinerary that will show
off the best and most interesting places in our state. The written
itinerary must provide a day-by-day plan showing the cities, attractions,
activities, and landmarks (with brief descriptions) to be visited as
well as travel times, routes, and mileage
Students must also locate and label all cities and places visited
on a blank Minnesota map and draw in and label the roads they would
need to travel in order to reach them.
- Travel itineraries must include visits to
at least 15 different places (attractions, landmarks, or activities).
- You must include at least two
places from each of the five regions of Minnesota as described by
the Minnesota Office of Tourism (Metro, Northeast, Northwest, Central, Southern
- No more than three days can be spent in any
one of the regions.
- No more than six hours can be spent in
the car (driving) in any one day.
- Your trip will take place during the summer
, so assume the weather will be wonderful!
- You will be traveling by car. Use a Minnesota
map or a web page such as MapQuest or freetrip.com
for distances between cities/towns. For estimated driving times, assume an
average of 70 mph when driving on I-94, I-90, or I-35. Assume an average
speed of 55 mph for all other roads.
- Your visit to an attraction, landmark, or
your activity will take at least the amount of time indicated
in the list. Travel time between places in the same town is 10
minutes in Greater Minnesota (out of the Twin Cities) and 30
minutes in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
- Your day can start as early as 7:00 am
with breakfast (allow at least 30 minutes for breakfast).
- Assume that no attractions open before 9:00
- You must include times for lunch
(at least 45 minutes) and supper (at least 60 minutes) in your daily
- You cannot start a visit to an attraction
after 6:00 pm unless you are attending an
event that you know occurs during the evening (such as a Minnesota Twins'
or St. Paul Saints' night baseball game).
- You must start your supper no later
than 8:00 pm.
- Allow 15
minutes for checking into a hotel and 10 minutes for checking out.
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