Day 8: Madison/Dells, WI; St Paul/Minneapolis, MN
Trip Start Jul 16, 2012
10Trip End Jul 25, 2012
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I left here and headed toward The Dells. This area has the largest and most water parks in the country! However, it's very commercialized and reminds me a little of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. You can take a boat ride to actually see The Dells (rock formations on the river). After I left here
I drove to Eau Claire. There wasn't anything here. I wanted to go by the Leinenkugel beer factory in Chippewa Falls but I didn't have enough time.
I passed into Minnesota and stopped in Saint Paul. It is a really nice city and is literally right next to Minneapolis....they could almost be the same city. I went by the Cathedral of Saint Paul. It is huge!!! Such beautiful architecture. I went by the capitol building too which was really nice and because it was after rush hour, there were meter spaces available on the street. I drove over to Minneapolis which is kind of a dumpier version of Saint Paul but it's still cool. It started to rain a little so I hurried to the sculpture garden with the spoon and cherry! I then headed to Saint Mary Cathedral which was beautiful. Then I stopped by the Mall of America! It really was a cool mall. There's an amusement park inside and every store you can possibly think of! I almost didn't want to leave! But I had to start making my way back home. I had driven from Virginia, through Ohio, up through Michigan and the UP, over to Wisconsin, then to Minnesota all in 8 days!!! I'm a road warrior but I was definitely feeling a little homesick. So I decided to start heading back home. I still had some stops to make on the way. I was so tired that I made it back into Wisconsin but I stopped in Black River Falls to sleep.