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Stephanie asked

Road trip from Madison, WI to Minneapolis

I am planning a trip from Madison, WI to Minneapolis. Are there any interesting sights to see on the way there?

Madison (Wisconsin) Minneapolis (Minnesota)

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Billy from Madison

I've done the I-94/90 Drive from Madison (Wisconsin) to Minneapolis quite a few times. There's really not that much to see, TBH. I think you should take a different route if you have time.

Best option: ~6-7hrs take MN 61 to HWY 14 and take back roads as much as possible. Red Wing has a nice downtown. Bluffs of La Crosse (Wisconsin) are incredible, and the downtown has some decent stuff. Driving through the rugged Driftless region is VERY scenic especially in the fall. Check out Driftless Cafe and Spring Green. Tons of little towns along the way to stop and grab a drink or meal.

2nd best option: ~5hrs go through LaCrosse and jump on I-90, you'll get the bluffs and LaCrosse, but not the small towns and a bit less scenery.

If you do take 94(4hrs), Stillwater (Minnesota) right outside of the twin cities is quaint and scenic. Menomonee Falls has some nice vistas. You could hop up to Chippewa Falls and check out Leinenkugel Brewing Co or stop for lunch in the semi-depressing city of Eau Claire (Wisconsin).  Otherwise like Leonard said, you could check out the dells (tourist trap alert).

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Leonard from Minneapolis

Hi, Stephanie.  Wisconsin Dells is an interesting stop.  To some, it's fun, unique place to visit.  To others, it's a kitschy, tacky tourist trap.  (I lean towards the former, but to be honest, I enjoy a little kitschy-ness now and then).   Tommy Bartlett Exploratory is a cross between a science museum, a children's museum, and a Ripley's Believe It or Not.  Downtown has quite a few cute touristy kind of stores.

A lot of things, like scenic boat tours, Duck boat tours, Tommy Bartlett Show water ski shows are seasonal, so I assume you won't be there at the right time of year.

Even if the Dells isn't quite your speed, and you're just looking for a good bite to eat, The Cheeze Factory Restaurant is a charming place done in a old-style parlour, and the food is so excellent, you won't even notice it's vegan!  Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. is a fun, lively place with excellent food, good beer, and even great homebrewed root beer!


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