Originally Posted by PatchWork
Thanks! You asked about where to stay in MN. Here's a few old posts (different forum) about camping near the Twin Cities: RV.Net Open Roads Forum: RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions: Mall of America
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions: Mall of America
Ditto for the Duluth area: RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Camping in MN & Western WI
More on Duluth & also down towards Black Hills of SD: RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Black Hills or North Shore in July?
A mix of MN sites & sights: RV.Net Open Roads Forum: RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions: MN Campongrounds
All the links might not work now?
In St. Paul, there is a very nice 1914 Cafesjian's Carousel at Como Park. Cafesjian's Carousel is in St. Paul's Como Park, just south of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and a few steps from the entrance to the conservatory and the zoo. Zoo was free when we were there.
We drove/RVed from the Twin Cities Area to Duluth, MN to Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada in 2001 in a C-class . We spend one night at Gooseberry Falls State Park (Waterfalls, the best visitor center, and most variety of scenic & recreational attractions. Good for day visit or extended stay. Campers are advised to make reservations in peak sesaon.) and visited Split Rock Lighthouse. Very nice drive with the scenery, but it was perhaps the worse road we have ever driven on (the MN section, Canada's was in good condition). We had to have the plumbing in the shower of the C-class motor home repaired after we got home, broken I am sure from the rough road.
We enjoyed the visiting Grand Portage National Monument. The Monument is located in northeastern Minnesota's Tip of the Arrowhead within Grand Portage Indian Reservation, Cook County, Grand Portage, Minnesota. Grand Portage National Monument is about 150 miles northeast of Duluth, Minnesota and 50 miles southwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior. The historic site is ½ to 1 mile south of the west and east exits from Minnesota State Highway 61 in the village of Grand Portage.
We drove around the city of Thunder Bay mainly to see the port area. We found a Ontario Visitor Center/Rest Area off the major interstate like highway out side of the city, it allowed over night camping. City of Thunder Bay's official travel and visitor information center, located at the Terry Fox Scenic Lookout at 1000 Highway 11/17, Thunder Bay, ON. We spent the night there. A very nice place on a hill top. The next day we went to Fort William Historical Park. We enjoyed it very much.
There were many provincial parks in the area as well.
We drove back to Duluth and spend a night at a Wal-mart. Then we took a boat tour of the harbor the next morning. There would be more to see and do in Duluth as well as Thunder Bay, but we had a time restraint at the time. We had also driven over into Wisconsin just to say we had been in the state as we were getting to the city from the St. Paul area. We drove into the port area in Duluth on the first day. We crossed the Aerial Lift Bridge onto an island and went for a walk on a beach, my son did a little swimming in the way too cold lake water (in May). There were sea plane rides one could take at the end of the island as well. Neat homes on the island drive. A neat Lake Walk by the port and bridge as well with sculptures.
Black Hills down to Cheyenne, WY area: RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Roads and Routes: Custer, SD from Cheyenne
These are off I-25:
Riverside Park Douglas, WY From I-25 Exit 140 follow Yellowstone Hwy east 1.1 miles to Grant St and turn left. RVer reports that the city park has free dry camping
. Approximately 20 sites, at least some are pull-thrus. Dump station, drinking water, grills, pay phones, picnic area, restrooms, showers. Park may be full around time of state fair in August, as fairgrounds are across the street. One RVer notes that sprinklers may come on in middle of night. Maximum stay: 3 nights. Free. Donations welcomed. 307-358-3462
Lewis City Park Wheatland, WY All Year, 15 sites, 40 ft max RV length, 4751 ft elev, pull thrus, 10 electric only sites, 20/30/50 amp, - free for 3 days