Getting to the ride start: Airports, Amtrak and Driving details

The ride starts and ends at the AmericInn in Apple Valley, MN, 15 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport.

MSP is serviced by all major US air carriers and has direct flights from many European and Asian carriers.

A free shuttle service to and from the airport to the host hotel has been arranged for Coulee Challenge riders. See the Area Hotels menu item for more information about the AmericInn and other hotels nearby.

St. Paul is a station on Amtrak with trains from the east (Chicago) and west (West Coast). Bicycles can be loaded on and off at this stop. This is about 20 miles from the AmericInn in Apple Valley.  Surface transportation options (taxis, Lyft, etc.) are available or contact us for a good bike route to the hotel.

For those that are driving, Apple Valley is a southern suburb of the Twin Cities and is easily accessible via Interstates I-35 & I-94 and US-52 and US-61.

Apple Valley is:

225 miles north up I-35 from Des Moines, Iowa

260 miles east from Sioux Falls, SD on I-90 and I-35

400 miles northwest on I-94 from Chicago, Illinois

475 miles (760kms) south of Winnipeg, Manitoba

540 miles north up the river from St. Louis, Missouri

900 miles east on I-80 and north on I-35 from Denver, Colorado

1,100 miles north up I-35 from Austin, Texas