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Exploring Minnesota

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A travel journal to Minnesota by catsholiday

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park Photo, Onamia, Minnesota More Photos
Quote: Minnesota was the state where we spent a week at the top end of our Great river road trip in May and June 2012. We went right to the source of this mighty river.

Itasca State Park Mississippi Headwaters

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Attraction | "See where the big river begins its journey"

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Itasca State Park MinnesotaWhen reading through one of our many travel books we came across this place and discovered that this is where the headwaters of the Great Mississippi; where the big mighty river starts on its journey. Just before we went we noticed that Trevor MacDonald was presenting a three part series about the Mississippi and the last programme was the part of the great River Road that we planned on driving.Itasca State Park was a good three hour drive from where we were staying in Onamia and obviously we had to drive back again so it was a full day trip. We took a packed lunch and set off early as we wanted to make sure we had enough time in the park....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2013

Itasca State Park Mississippi Headwaters
36750 Main Park Drive
Park Rapids, Minnesota 56470
(218) 266-2100

Charles A Lindbergh House

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Attraction | "A Dream of Flying - part 2"

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Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site1620 Lindbergh Drive Southwest, Little Falls, MN 56345, THE HOUSEWe were enjoying the museum but were aware that we would be called when the next tour of the house was due as that was the one we were on. Numbers in the house are limited and you can only go into the house as part of a guided tour.As we walked over to the house with our guide she stopped on the way to tell us something about the young Charles along the lines of the bits I have already mentioned. She told us he was not a great student but loved to invent and build and mess about on the river and with machinery. He was driving at the age of about thirteen an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2013

Charles A Lindbergh House
1620 Lindbergh Drive Southwest
Minnesota, United States 56345
(320) 616-5421

Charles A Lindbergh House

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Attraction | "A Dream of Flying - part 1"

Charles A Lindbergh House Photo, Minnesota, United States
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Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site1620 Lindbergh Drive Southwest, Little Falls, MN 56345, We had this place on our list of places that we wanted to see on our road tour holiday in the states in June 2012. It did take some finding as it was not well signed and was some way out of Little Falls itself.Considering how famous this man is and the place he holds in aviation history I cannot understand why his house and the museum are not better known. They are not owned by the National Parks but rather but the state of Minnesota and I think they should do more to publicize the place.In 1931, the Lindbergh family gave the whole 110 acres and the house to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2013

Charles A Lindbergh House
1620 Lindbergh Drive Southwest
Minnesota, United States 56345
(320) 616-5421

Lake Mille Lacs

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Attraction | "Around Mille Lacs Lake"

Lake Mille Lacs Photo, Brainerd, Minnesota
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We spent a week in this area in June last year when we stayed at Izaty’s Resort on the edge of Mille Lacs Lake. The resort was surrounded by a golf course but sadly they didn’t rent out clubs so my husband had to spend time sightseeing with me instead. The resort was also on the lake and you could hire boats to take out and fish for the famous wall Eye and other lake fish but as neither of us are in to fishing we didn’t bother.The area became known as Mille Lacs because the Brainerd Lakes area was known as the "Region of Thousand Lakes" (pays des mille lacs) in French. The Mille Lacs lake area is 132,516 acres of lake and is Minnesota’s second largest lake and is supposedly the best fishi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2013

Lake Mille Lacs
HCR 67
Brainerd, Minnesota 56359
320-532-3632

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post

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Attraction | "Find out about the Ojibwe People"

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post Photo, Onamia, Minnesota
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In June last year 2012 we spent a week in Onamia on Mille Lacs lake and this was one of the few places to spend time exploring in the area.TIMES AND PRICESThe museum is open from April 4 through Oct. 31, Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Also open Tuesdays from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Groups of ten or more can be admitted at any time through special arrangementAdmission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under.There is a Trading post shop beside the museum and this is open all year round except in January, Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.THE MILLE LACS MUSEUM...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2013

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post
43411 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
(320) 532-3632

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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Attraction | "View from the tower"

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park Photo, Onamia, Minnesota
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Mille Lacs Kathio State Park 15066 Kathio State Park RoadOnamia, MN 56359HOWTO FIND THE PARKWe passed the sign many times before we decided to go and visit. If in the Mille Lacs area then Go to mile post marker #221 on US Hwy 169, about 8 miles north of Onamia. Watch for the Kathio Arrowhead sign and take County Road 26 for about a mile, to the park entrance. It is dead easy to find and well signedA BIT ABOUT KATHIO AND ITS NAMEThe area around the park is known as "Mille Lacs," a French term used by early explorers and fur traders, means "1,000 lakes.". However "Kathio" is said to come from the incorrectly written Izathys but the name Kathio stuck des...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 15, 2013

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
15066 Kathio Park Rd
Onamia 56359

Holiday Inn Express St. Paul/Vadnais Heights

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Hotel | "Great breakfast and visit Jimmy's too"

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Holiday inn Express & Suites1100 East County Rd EVadnais heights,MN55110Once we had left the Great River road and made our way across the Mississippi into Minnesota we headed up through Minneapolis St Paul and towards Onamia where we were going to be based for a week.Having spent the day exploring little towns and spots of interest on the road we were beginning to flag a little so looked for somewhere to stop for the night. In the USA it is so easy to find a place to stay as they are signed off the Interstate Highways. We opted for this Holiday Inn express as I have a loyalty card for this chain and you can usually rely on getting a decent quality room....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2012

Holiday Inn Express St. Paul/Vadnais Heights
1100 County Road East E
St. Paul, Minnesota 55110
(651) 484-2400

The Village at Izatys

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Hotel | "Stunning location (and accomodation)"

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Village at Izatys, MinnesotaOur stay here started with a major error on my part. I thought I had banked our Diamond Resort points last year and I discovered I had not and we had many points that needed to be used in 2011 and no time to use them. The only way we could use them was to do an exchange through Interval International. I phoned and a very helpful young man looked for possible places for us in states that I suggested to him. He came up with this week at Izatys so we booked it. The rest of this trip was built around this week’s stay.We had not heard of Onamia before but it looked a nice enough resort and we planned on driving the top section of the Great River Road whic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2012

The Village at Izatys
8478 Par Five Drive
Onamia, Minnesota 56359
(320) 532-5121

The Village at Izatys

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Hotel | "Amazing Accommodation (and Location)"

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The resort is set on a golf course and beside Mille Lac Lake with a marina. It is the type of resort where you stay if you are into lake fishing or golf. My husband plays golf but we hadn’t brought his clubs and they don’t have any for rent so he contented himself with watching others lose great numbers of balls into the water hazards just by our accommodation. The accommodation was absolutely amazing and I don’t use that word lightly nor am I exaggerating. We had a one bedroom apartment on the ground floor. The building had four one bedroom apartments, two down and two above. The upstairs ones had balconies while ours had a patio and lead straight out onto the grass and down to a marshy a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 28, 2012

The Village at Izatys
8478 Par Five Drive
Onamia, Minnesota 56359
(320) 532-5121

Comfort Inn West

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Hotel | "It lived up to it 'Comfort' name"

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We booked this on line the night before we left our resort at Izatys as we had exhausted all there was to do around Mille Lacs and thought we would explore a bit further afield. Duluth is right on Lake Superior and it is where Bob Dylan was born. There is a very nice drive along the lake shore and we thought we would drive along Bob Dylan Way and go and see his childhood home. The Comfort inn is on the east side of Duluth just off the highway but there is not a lot else around the hotel. A petrol station and a bank was nearby but we didn’t notice much else and certainly not anywhere to get something to eat.Checking in was very painless and the lady explained that wifi was free ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2012

Comfort Inn West
3900 West Superior Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55807
(218) 628-1464

Lindholm Service Station/Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station

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Attraction | "One of a kind"

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Cloquet, Minnesota: Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station or the Lindholm Oil Company Service StationThis was another interesting find we discovered on our road trip through Minnesota. It is one of the sights known as roadside attractions of which there are many in the USA.WHERE IS THIS?202 Cloquet Ave, Cloquet, MinnesotaIn order to get here you need to take I -35 exit 237 then go north on Highway 33 for about two miles. The garage is found on the corner of Hwy 33 and Cloquet Avenue.CLAIM TO FAMEThis is the world's only gas station ever built by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It was built in 1958 by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2012

Lindholm Service Station/Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station
202 Cloquet Avenue
Cloquet, Minnesota