Planning a Road Trip
This interesting site shows unique things in each state worth a visit.
This site has a ton of great events for kids and suggestions on places to stay, things to do, where to go, events, deals, travel ideas, and planning tools.
Although this place is the bed and breakfast capital of Minnesota, my daughter and I wanted to get away and decided on this town because the appeal of a tiny Amish town which catered to tourism seemed perfect. It was! We have been back twice since then. Set under bluffs of the Root River, the downtown area is filled with delicious little restaurants, an amazing amount of art, and Amish tours. There is a kids' toy store located across the street from the drawbridge, up the flight of stairs set from the sidewalk. The owner is really a sweet guy. The 60 mile, multi-use Blufflands Trail System cuts directly through downtown and is a hugely biked system in the summer and in the winter it's open for cross country skiing. They also have many activities and events. Just check the website or the information tacked to the walls of Pedal Pusher's Cafe.
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Pizza farms have been a thing for years, and popular culture has finally caught on. Check out all of thes listing and reviews and find your favorite. My first and favorite is listed below.
Pizza Ranch-A to Z Produce
N2956 Anker Lane, Stockholm, WI 54769
The urban pizza farm myth revealed! The drive is about an hour from the Twin Cities. You bring everything you need to eat, including chairs, tables, picnic blankets, flatware, drinks, napkins and you pack it all out too. Show up early during summer months. Sometimes the wait for your completely delicious, organic, homegrown pizza can be hours, sometimes minutes. Dress for the weather and bring something for your wait time, or explore the beautifully scenic and working farm with your little ones. Don't bring pets. Take pictures, but not of the family who runs the establishment cause they get annoyed by it. The line for the â€œbathroomâ€ is generally long. Open every Tuesday, mid-February till Thanksgiving beginning at 4:30pm and takes new orders till 8pm. Cash only. The adjoining town of Stockholm has beautiful shops and culture.
*Kids don't always love car rides.
Be sure to stop periodically to let the little ones stretch and play at a roadside stop if possible. You can always turn your dial to AM 1440 for Radio Disney or pop in some popular, happy music. Backup plan? Twizzlers because they don't make a mess, are delicious warm or cold, and are a vegan snacking alternative.