MN → SD

You say “tourist trap,” I say “hidden gem.” On the drive from Minneapolis to Rapid City, South Dakota, we stopped at beautiful Sioux Falls, the a-maize-ing Corn Palace, and the wild west of 1880 Town.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Corn Palace, South Dakota

Corn Palace, South Dakota

Corn Palace, South Dakota

1880 Town, South Dakota

The land was mostly flat, and the fields were dotted with lots and lots of windmills.

 

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Red, White, and Boom

Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

A visit to the “most explosive museum in the world” seemed like a good precursor to July 4 fireworks. The Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis taught us about the history of flour mills in the city, and the terrible explosion in 1878 that sent debris flying across the Mississippi River. The best exhibit was the Flour Tower, a converted freight elevator that opened onto reenactments of factory life as we moved up and down eight floors.

Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

Mill City Museum

Before going to the Red, White, and Boom festival, we went on a self-guided architecture tour of the Guthrie Theater, the new Vikings football stadium, a cool bridge over the Mississippi, and a building by Frank Gehry.

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater

New Vikings football stadium

Lowry Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis

Weisman Art Museum by Frank Gehry

A walk across the Stone Arch Bridge gave us a great view of Saint Anthony Falls, and later on, of the fireworks. We sat next to a nice family and chatted with the dad, who gave us some good tips for our trip out west.

Saint Anthony Falls, Minneapolis

Great view of July 4 fireworks

 

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