The Great River Road While St. Cloud is located on the Mississippi River, the bridges that connect the various communities, the dams and rapids somewhat limit the use of the river in our area. The one thing that is not compromised is the view of the river. There is no better place to view the Mississippi River in St. Cloud than Munsinger and Clemens Gardens. Enjoy this two day tour!
Munsinger/Clemens Gardens - Bring your camera. The gardens are an enchanting collage of multicolored floral patterns and arrangements. In addition to the many sun-loving annuals and perennials, the park's splendor is enhanced with several fountains, gazebo, beautiful trees, and lily pond. *Seasonal
Stearns History Museum - Exhibits change frequently. See one of the original Pandolfo cars, granite display, and early pioneer history. *Fee
Lunch- one of St. Cloud's many restaurants
Depart to hotel of choice
Dinner - May we suggest Anton's -A top choice of the local's since the 1930's. The restaurant used to be a lodge complete with log walls. Located on the Sauk River, in the 1930's it was a "speak easy". They are famous for their popovers!
A good night sleep is in order. Start the day with a deluxe continental breakfast at one of our hotels.
Next stop - Little Falls, MN
Minnesota Fishing Museum - Plenty of 'fish tales" are here! The museum is a collection of lures, tackle, boats and gift shop just for the fishing enthusiast. *Fee
Fort Ripley - Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, today it is known as Camp Ripley. Camp Ripley is home to the Minnesota Military Museum. A very unique museum that covers all branches of the military from the early years in time of peace and war through the Gulf War and today. *Fee
Overnight in Grand Rapids or Bemidji
As you leave our part of the Mississippi, your trip will lead you northward. A stop in Grand Rapids is a must! Just follow the yellow brick road to the Judy Garland Museum. Grand Rapids is the child hood home of Judy Garland. Fee charged.
Step into history -- the Forest History Centeris a live version of an 1880's logging operation complete with cook, blacksmith, loggers and draft horses.
Itasca State Park is where the Mississippi River begins as an ankle-deep trickling stream that winds its way down 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Take the famous 15 stone steps to walk across the Mississippi River.