Family unit is traveling this area. Any suggestions on what to see and what to do?
Man, I feel for ya. I don't know about the cities but there isn't much north of there.
I've been through Bemidji a number of times but honestly don't know of anything to do. There are lakes in the area and I think Itasca State park is where the Mississippi starts. Make a short list of interests and maybe I can help some. Seriously though, don't expect much.
You'll probably go through Nisswa. It's a tourist trap and they'll rob you blind. Chicks dig it cause they can shop but no real man enjoys it. The hardware store is the only bright spot. Stop and see. It's like Wall Drug. For some unknown reason it attracts everyone across the country. Lakes, resorts, & golf in the area.
Stop at Paul Bunyan Amusement center in Brainerd if you have young kids. Paul talks and can greet your kids if you let them know when you'll arrive. Lots of rides etc. Paul and Babe are the biggest in the world(?) and this is the last year they'll be together as the whole outfit has apparently been sold.
Brainerd has some road construction but this is at the intersection of 210 & 371 just off the bypass and easy to find.
Drive slow through Cass Lake, it's a res and maybe you can see plumbing for sale in someones yard.
drive slow through cass lake and you might get shot by a
enjoy the trees, there's not much else to look at. have a picnic at one of the parks somewhere.
thanks. I appreciate all the thoughts of what to do and see. Also what to watch our for. Our interests are anything of local interest. We'll be fishing. Shopping isn't much of an interest. But we are interested in unusual hardware stores, "must experience" restuarants or Paul Bunyon places.
How's the Sprint and ATT coverage? If not good, I'll need to bring a couple of books.
Ok, here are some links I think you'll like.
www.littlefallsmn.com/page10.htm Charles Lindbergh museum in little Falls
www.dma.state.mn.us/cpripley/SpecFeatures/muse1.htm Camp Ripley military museum near Fort Ripley
*If you havn't had enough of hollywood you can go to the Judy Garland museum & check out her ruby shoes from The Wizard of Oz. It's after the res but before Bemidji www.visitgrandrapids.com/link_outs/judy_garland_museum.html
The best part of Bemidji is Daves Pizza:
422 W. 15th St.
Family dinner spot features the best in Italian cuisine. Dine in, take out or delivery available. Serving beer and wine.
It's kind of a hang out so make reservations. Very good. Last I heard the goths hadn't moved to Bemidji but maybe they have now & can meet you at Dave's.
Brainerd's unique water tower. If I remember correctly the only other one is in Pipestone, MN. Can't go in it or anything but it is kind of neat.
Paul Bunyan (they also have helicopter rides)
Ellingson car museum in Rogers. They have a 30 cyl Chrysler flathead radial engine(!) from a WW II Sherman(?)tank. It's 5 6 Cylinder engines in a semi star configuration. A must see.
By the way, half the world is already in Nisswa. You may as well meet up with them at Carlson Hardware--across from the fire hall.
Nisswa also has a museum/historical thing that I've never been to, it's in the caboose & train station. And ungodly old authentic Norwegian buildings moved into a town of its own. Never been there either.
Lake Hubert (SE of Nisswa a few miles) has I believe the last open air railway station in existance.
I hope some of this is of interest to you
As a cass county resident, I must add the the best part about rural Minnesota is....
It ain't Minneapolis, baby.
Spend your money, and GTFO [grin]