Hit the Road: Plan a Road Trip with the Streams and Shores Itinerary

by Country Inns & Suites
Monday, July 22, 2013

There will be plenty of opportunities for photos when you travel across Wisconsin and Minnesota. Whether you take a beautiful train ride along Minnesota’s northern rails or explore the grounds of the Wisconsin State Capital Building, you’ll want to capture these amazing sights and moments.

Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Start this stop off with a splash! The largest water park in North America, Noah’s Ark features nearly 50 thrilling water rides and slides, as well as a 4-D movie theater that tickles each of your senses. Two wave pools and kiddie pools will cater to the water wishes of every member of your family. After you dry off and rest up at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Madison, tour Wisconsin Dells on a duck! There are few ways to get around the city that are more unique than on an Original Wisconsin Duck. This floating tour guide will show you the sights that make the Dells such a compelling destination year after year.

Wisconsin Duck

After you depart the duck, check out the beauty of the year-round blooms that adorn the lawn of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. Enjoy one of “Mad Town’s” many eclectic State Street cafes to fuel up after a long day.

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota

A visit to the Mall of America (MOA) is a must for any Minneapolis vacation, and the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Bloomington at Mall of America is ready to accommodate you. Make sure the family has plenty of energy as you make your way through this 4.2-million-square-foot shopping paradise. One lap around any level at MOA is more than one half-mile! Ride until your heart’s (or stomach’s) delight at Nickelodeon Universe, and then dine at one of the mall’s 50 food options.

If you are looking for something more outdoorsy, drive over to Harriet Island to ride in a vintage paddleboat. Paddleford Riverboats are located just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Paul and the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, St. Paul East hotel. The skyline views are breathtaking, but the chance to see bald eagles nesting downriver is even better. Be sure to bring your binoculars!

Walker Sculpture Garden

A trip to the Walker Sculpture Garden is a sweet ending to this particular stop in your road trip. If a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, imagine what a 5,800-pound spoonful of cherry can do for you! The garden is a Minneapolis landmark that offers impeccable views of downtown. A variety of events are offered throughout the year. Admission is free, though whipped cream is extra.

Duluth, Minnesota

You don’t need a wetsuit to experience Lake Superior’s underwater ecosystem. The Great Lakes Aquarium lets you explore the creation of America’s largest freshwater bodies of water and boasts 70 different species of fish, birds and otters.

Great Lakes Aquarium

Spend one of your days up north visiting one of the most picturesque lighthouses in all of America. Nestled on a sharp cliff diving into Lake Superior, Splitrock Lighthouse served as a guiding light for freighters making their way in and out of the many mining ports along the North Shore.

North Shore Scenic Railway

You can take in more beautiful scenery when you board the North Shore Scenic Railway. Learn legendary tales of how trains and rails changed the landscape of Duluth, experience a trip into the Northwoods and enjoy your view from either the comfort of air-conditioned cars or in the elements aboard an open-air coach. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Duluth North has freshly baked cookies that are ready for your arrival!

The Streams and Shores itinerary is perfect for a family or travel group that has diverse interests; there is something for everyone. Print out your own copy of the itinerary and hit the road! What part of this road trip would you most enjoy?

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