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MURPHY55347

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Posted: 04/26/13 06:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We live in the Minneapolis, Mn area and are looking for recommendations on which direction to head. We have mostly done long weekends and some weeks at state parks in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan but this time we are looking at trying a 10 day to 2 week trip. I like to drive no more than 250 to 300 miles a day. Just can't decide what direction to go. We have a Winnebago Vista 35F and don't bring a toad. We do like to take our time driving and enjoying the scenery along the way. Once at the campground we enjoy hiking so if anyone has specific recommendations for campgrounds that would be great also. I think we would like to spend at least a couple of days at each campground to break up the drive.

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MURPHY55347 wrote:

We live in the Minneapolis, Mn area and are looking for recommendations on which direction to head.


many years ago there was a song with the lyrics, "Go where you want to go, do what you want to do." This applies to you. Go, explore, take on something new, make an adventure, discover. Someone can plan your trip for you, but can't you look at state parks, national parks, museums, etc. on your own?

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You didn't state if there are any kids that usually determine what to do and where to go.
So let us know the age and makeup of the family and we'll send out some ideas.


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Just me, DW and the cat.

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What about a road trip that takes you to Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park in N. Dakota and come down through the Black Hills and the Badlands? It's a trip I've often thought of, but haven't done. I have though been to the Black Hills a few times but not for camping in quite a while. It would also depend on what time of the year too.


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Mt.Rushmore, Custer SP, Badlands (3 are together), Devils tower, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons. We tried doing that in reverse order from a visit in Denver a few years ago but got snowed out of the Yellowstone part . Wherever you go have fun and be safe


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Few years ago, the Wife and I did a week vacation. We didn't want to travel a huge distance and wanted to do something different too. We don't have kids at home any more either, and just our pets. I'm a model railroad buff, so this one vacation we decided to break-up the camping. One campsite in Southern Indiana, one in the Central Western area of Indiana, and the third in the Northern area of Indiana. Reason? We did an internet search and discovered that Indiana had 7 different railroad museums and several of them had working railroads (engines and passenger cars). We'd already rode the one in Connersville and Noblesville Indiana, so decided to hit the other 5 ... which we did. We stayed 3 nights at one location, moved to the next for 3 nights, and then the last for 3 nights, and then headed home. It really was a great vacation and we had an absolute blast.

So, if you do some research, and locate the various railroad museums in your area, you might consider doing something like this. If your not a railroad "buff", you might consider something else? Do you have interest in minatures (like doll houses), or how about exploring the book "Weird Minnessota" (if it exists.

For what it's worth, the wife and I are now focusing our vacations (still in Indiana) based on the book called "Weird Indiana". We're selecting campsites (state parks usually) within proximity of something talked about in this book and then go search it out. So far, it's working out great! It gives us a destination point and something to do, and includes a little research into the area or nearby town.

We've done the hiking, swimming, bicycle riding stuff when the kids were little. Now that we're a little older, I guess we've journeyed into the "weirder" side of life. .... but hey .... we're having fun doing this ... something to consider!

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Thanks thats the kind of ideas I'm looking for. I also am kind of into trains so this maybe just the ticket. Ha Ha. Of the places you visited would parking there accommodate a 35' motorhome?

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photonanax3 wrote:

What about a road trip that takes you to Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park in N. Dakota and come down through the Black Hills and the Badlands?


Also add Custer State Park. (Caution many ND parks will be filled with oil field workers)

Agree, lots to see on this route and not too far.

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MURPHY55347 wrote:

Thanks thats the kind of ideas I'm looking for. I also am kind of into trains so this maybe just the ticket. Ha Ha. Of the places you visited would parking there accommodate a 35' motorhome?


Parking was never a problem.

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You've peaked my interest now. Here's some web sites:

http://www.weirdminnesota.com/index.html

Weird Minnesota -- the book

Minnesota: Weird, Wacky, and Worthwhile

This may get you jump started!

* This post was edited 04/26/13 08:56am by DutchmenSport *

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