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Minnesota, NE, SD, ND in 12 days?

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Minnesota, NE, SD, ND in 12 days?

We have been to 45 of the 50 states (not just drive through but staying and exploring) and now we will be visiting MN, NE, SD, and ND over a period of 12 days starting Saturday July 20th. So far we have a car for the entire time and all the hotels reserved but changeable.

Would appreciate comments and suggestions as to attractions, events, theater, rodeo, scenic drives, etc. We are not hikers but will take walks, prefer not to shop but will wander shopping streets, love live music and theater and modern art, and seek out scenic drives and backroads spots of interest. Are there any rodeos to recommend? (Loved the one in Cody Wy)

3 nights, 3 days Minneapolis Homewood Suites St. Louis Park at west end- Stone Arch Bridge, Cathedral, Landmark Center, Guthrie Theater, Walker museum and Sculpture Garden, Grand Ave, Nicollet Mall, perhaps Art Car Parade, 112 Eatery, Restaurant Alma. What else is happening that weekend?

1 night, 2 days Omaha: Old Market, Bemis Cntr Contemp Arts, Durham museum, Artists coop Gallery, Botanical gardens, Wave Bistro, Grey Plume

1 night, half day Sioux Falls: Sculpture walk, Parker's Bistro, Minnervas

3 nights, 3 days Rapid City, Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park bison and drives, Needles Hwy scenic drive, Natl Museum of woodcarving, mammoth excavation, Spearfish scenic drive, Dahl art center, perhaps Country roots festival Tally's silver spoon, Philly Teds

1 night Pierre, followed by full day scenic drive northward, Cattlemen's club Steakhousee or Big Tom's domer

1 night Bismarck: Heritage cntr if open now, Pirogue Grille, Blarney Stone Pub

1 night Fargo: Mezzaluna

drive back toward Minneapolis with full day of scenic drives before flying out at night

Thanks in advance for your advice and input

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11. Re: Minnesota, NE, SD, ND in 12 days?

You can always explore the website http://www.exploreminnesota.com, as they have everything that is happening all around the Metro and surrounding areas. You can find a lot of events, as well as things to do. I use this site all the time as I am always looking for something to do on the weekends! It's a great way to explore the state more!

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12. Re: Minnesota, NE, SD, ND in 12 days?

Thanks

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13. Re: Minnesota, NE, SD, ND in 12 days?

you have lots of fun things planned in Minneapolis! Good choices. Grand Avenue is cute, but a bit out of the way (I guess you can hit it after the cathedral) especially if you are not so into shopping. If the weather is nice, you could check out Minnehaha Falls. Sea Salt is a great outdoor fish place right there. The falls are full now and beautiful. You could rent a little two person "bike car" right there for an hour and bike about. Minneapolis also has a few public lakes with beautiful walking trails surrounded by lovely homes- Lake Harriet and Lake of the Isles are two. you could even go to Lake Calhoun which is an urban lake and rent a canoe for an hour. It is easy, fun and you won't get lost! Have fun!

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