Category Archive: Travel

Jul 20

Stone Arch Bridge –  Minnesota

There is only one like it over the entire 2,320 miles of the Mississippi River.  Built in 1883 by a railroad baron, the Stone Arch Bridge is truly unique.  2100 feet long with 23 bricked arches the Stone Arch Bridge has the distinction of being a National Civil Engineering Landmark. It is also one of …

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Jul 17

Great Zoo Exhibit: Tropics Trail

As my oldest daughter said, “it is a never-ending rainforest.”  The Tropics Trail is a wonderful immersion exhibit found at the Minnesota Zoo. It’s my daughters favorite exhibit.  Easy to see why.  Lots of fun entertaining animals to see.  Tons of variety as well as a large aquarium enclosure.  The Tropics Trail really had it …

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Jul 16

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

One of the iconic views of Minneapolis can be found at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  The Spoonbridge and Cherry with the Minneapolis skyline in the background.  Albeit it was not the best conditions to see that beautiful skyline on a cloudy day.  Sometimes you just have to make the best of the situation which we …

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Jul 12

Minnehaha Falls – Minnesota

One of the most visited and must see stops in Minneapolis is Minnehaha Falls Regional Park.  With close to a million-people visiting the area every year.  Minnehaha Park offers lots of things to do from running and biking trails, a wading pool, dog park, outdoor concerts and restaurant dinning.  This is Minneapolis at its finest. …

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Jul 09

Great Zoo Exhibit: Grizzly Coast

The Grizzly Coast is one of three total immersion exhibits found in the Minnesota Zoo.  An incredible exhibit that swept us to the Russian Far East.  This was our second trip to the Minnesota Zoo. Thanks to exhibits like the Grizzly Coast it still holds up as one of our favorite zoos we have ever …

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Jul 08

Vermillion Falls – Hastings, MN

While headed to Minneapolis we decided to make a quick detour on our way to the hotel and visit Vermillion Falls.  This waterfall is located in downtown Hastings just on the outskirts of the Twin Cities.  A factory on one side the city park making up the other.  Vermillion Falls is not the most scenic …

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Jul 03

Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens – Des Moines

The Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens is a fabulous freebie in Des Moines, Iowa.  Created by an endowment by the Chinese Cultural Center of America.  This small stunning riverside downtown garden is worth a stop.  It won’t take long.  The Chinese pagoda coupled with the Des Moines skyline is a visual treat. Des Moines is …

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Jun 30

Dunnings Spring – Decorah Iowa

Dunnings Spring, Iowa’s most breathtaking waterfall.  Located in the small town of Docorah in the northeastern part of the state. A bit out of the way from the interstate but worth it.  Dunning Spring is a cascading waterfall that drops 200-feet over its course.  With the main part of the falls dropping 40 feet. It …

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Jun 29

Pappajohn Sculpture Park – Des Moines

Home to towering works of art.  The Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines was an interesting and fun visit for my family.  Around four and half acres to roam around in and over 2 dozen works of art by different artists.  It was the perfect blend of something unique for my girls to see …

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Jun 26

Chase Lake Falls – Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

Chase Lake Falls is a scenic spillway waterfall located near Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  Like many waterfalls in the state they are man-made from reservoirs.  Meaning that their beauty and water flow is determined by the amount of water in the lake they flow from. On our particular visit to Chase Lake Falls the water was …

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