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Minneapolis as a base for Western road trip

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Minneapolis as a base for Western road trip

We're planning to fly into MSP in mid-August, and drive west to a couple of the national parks. We are trying to schedule a few days in the city to start, before we have to start paying for the rental car, and to catch a Twins game. Our girls (12 and 9) are insisting on a day at the mall, but it doesn't matter which end of the trip. We are thinking of staying in downtown to be close to the ballpark, and then staying out by the MOA when we return in a couple of weeks.

Any suggestions for hotels downtown that are kid-friendly, and won't be too burdensome to drag our lugguage on public transportation? Will it be a problem to get tickets to a Thursday or Friday night game? Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Minneapolis as a base for Western road trip

there's a Marriott downtown that has an attached waterpark

it's close to the light rail station - that runs from the Mall via the airport, to downtown - and even a stop at the dome.

check it out -

http://www.thedepotminneapolis.com/

it's walkable to the dome

unless it's rush hour, you shouldn't have a problem with luggage on the light rail line. it would be a few block walk to the Marriott at the depot, but maybe there take a cab for a few blocks, once you get off the light rail at one of the stops downtown

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as for Twins ticks

maybe start shopping now on line at the Twins site for that future game

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2. Re: Minneapolis as a base for Western road trip

Thanks so much. From the Twins' website, it appears there are plenty of tix, but I didn't know if there were a lot of walk-ups. We will definitely check out the Marriott. We are really looking forward to exploring; sounds like a lot worth seeing.

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3. Re: Minneapolis as a base for Western road trip

Tickets won't be tough to get. The Twins have a loyal fan base but play in a terrible stadium that many die-hards refuse to go to on a warm summer day or night. You might not get great seats by walking up, but that's not the end of the world.

Yes, stay downtown. You will be near the Dome and as Downtown said, you can take the light rail (40 mins. one-way) to the Mall. Train takes you underneath the airport and ends at the Mall, turns around and comes back.

Several very good hotels downtown. Marriott is beautiful. A little closer to the Dome is the Depot. See the list of hotels in the link at the left.

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4. Re: Minneapolis as a base for Western road trip

I did a road trip with a very good friend of mine that came from the east coast and he loved it...this is what we did....month Rushmore, Bad Lands, Yellowstone, Glacial National Park (my favorite by far) then came back trough Canada.....it was great, a lot of small towns and empty spaces! Have fun!

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5. Re: Minneapolis as a base for Western road trip

Thanks for the suggestions. Glacier is our main destination once on the road, but we are considering TR Natl Park too. Any tips on kid-friendly stops on the road west would be much appreciated, as well as places to eat that are not national chains. Thanks again!

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