Minnesota might be the land of 10,000 lakes, but that doesn’t mean you have to travel by boat. All it really means is you’ll have to take the long cut driving around them to get to all the cool things to do in Minnesota. And people with great tires don’t mind taking the long way around. So while you have your Minnesota road map out, make some detours for these great pit stops on your Minnesota road trip!
As far as mystery meats go, I think SPAM® is one that most people can at least pick out of a mystery meat lineup. That’s not to say everyone has tried it, though. But even if it’s not your go-to snack, don’t you want to know its history?! First created in 1937, Hormel Foods Corporation is still pumping out 15 varieties of products. If you ever wondered who eats SPAM — well, everyone, seemingly. Nearly 13 cans of SPAM products are consumed per second. Also, SPAM is sold in 44 countries around the world. SPAM only has one request when visiting the museum: Please don’t eat the exhibits. SPAM also has a food truck taking a SPAMERICAN™ Tour! I hope they have the right tires, so you can get the right snack!
Mall of America
Ok, it’s just a mall. I keep telling myself that. But the Mall of America® in Bloomington has 520 stores and 50 restaurants! This place even has hotels! So no, it’s not “just a mall.” Near the Twin Cities, the mall is ideally located for you to take a break from shopping and visit neighboring attractions. The mall has 2,500,000 square feet for retail stores. Oh, did I mention that the mall has no sales tax on clothing or shoes? Seems like a deal worth peeling out for.
In New Ulm, you’ll find Schell’s, America’s second oldest family-run brewery. August Schell came to the United States from Germany first working as a machinist in Cincinnati before moving to Minnesota. Schell’s Brewery was founded in 1860 and is still going strong. Schell’s offers German-style craft beers that are offered seasonally and year-round. The Germans have a pretty solid handle on brewing beer, so this trip might be worth a day or two. Not far away is the Deutsche Strasse Bed & Breakfast, offering a four-course breakfast and beautiful rooms with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and king-sized beds to help you relax and revive. Hurry up for your German getaway, but not too fast, this isn’t the Autobahn!
The World’s Quietest Room
All I want sometimes is some peace and quiet.
The world is a noisy place. It’s inescapable; we hear noises all day long. Most are familiar and easily ignored. But they can build on each other and soon enough your stress level is raised. So what if I told you that you could enter a room at Orfield Laboratories in South Minneapolis that is so quiet you have to sit down? The silence is disorienting since your ears adjust and pick up on other sounds, like the beat of your heart! The room officially is used for companies to determine the sound quality of their products. It should be noted that the longest anyone lasted in the room was 45 minutes! Tours are available with limited chamber time.
Wabasha Street Caves
In downtown St. Paul, the Wabasha Street Caves have been host to plenty of events and activities over the years beginning with native tribes. In the past, the caves were used as a mushroom farm, silica mining, a speakeasy, and disco. Legend has it such infamous mobsters such as John Dillinger during prohibition. These days you can tour the caves on a gangster tour or a ghost tour! Even better, you can host a banquet event, convention, wedding, class reunion, or even a murder mystery where improve actors do an interactive show calling for someone to solve the mystery! The Wabasha Street Caves are a most unique place to throw a party.
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