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Plymouth Area

My wife and I are planning a trip in June in our Odyssey minivan making the following stops: Greendale, WI, Plymouth, MN, Keystone, SD (all Northern stops)returning on a Southern route taking us through Chanute, KS, and Parke County, IN. We have a general idea of the highways and byways to take but would like some input from those who have been there and done that. We aren't going to hurry ourselves, would be willing to explore alternate destinations along the way, will be using a GPS & AAA TripTiks and are open to all suggestions.

We are most interested in clean, comfortable and safe accomodations.

Points of interest are welcome. We're not campers/hikers, night clubbers, prefer suburban rather than urban.

Thanks in advance to all who share - this will be our first trip farther than Parke County.

D&J H.

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1. Re: Plymouth Area

ok... my question is - what's special for Plymouth MN ? it's a close suburb of Minneapolis.

Stopping for the Plymouth Playhouse ?

There's a few chain hotels in Plymouth, but if you wanted something nicer or interesting, you could stay close elsewhere.

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My son just moved to Plymouth. I know that we'll be seeing Minneapolis and the Mall of America but would like some input from someone who either has lived there for awhile or knows the area.

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3. Re: Plymouth Area

You might enjoy the Grand Rios hotel / waterpark up on 694. Maybe 5 min from Plymouth.

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Click on Plymouth Hotels in the upper left hand of the page. What you see is what you get. I'd think that any of the listings would meet your requirements. I live near the Radisson, but have only been there for meetings. I've never heard of the Oakwood at Stoneleigh.

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There is also a Hilton Garden Inn just across Bass Lake Road into Maple Grove. It's pretty new, has good reviews, and is just a cross the parking lot from an Original Pancake House--yum.

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I was wondering why you chose Plymouth specifically too! (I have a friend who grew up there.)

Since your son just moved there, he might not be extremely familiar with all of the sights yet. The trolley tour was a good way for us to get a good overview of the city and not have to drive unfamiliar streets at the same time. We got on at the wonderful, free art museum.

Of course the lakes are lovely. We also enjoyed the ever-popular giant spoon with cherry, the nearby dandelion fountain, and driving by the Mary Tyler Moore house and statue. Touristy, but fun. :-)

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Well, we did it! Our first trip further than Indiana is over (sadly.) We did change our itinerary somewhat and decided to stay to the North this inaugural time around.

Started out from Timonium and travelled to Toledo, OH for a night. Our second leg took us from Toledo to Madison, WI where we stayed for 2 nights; we took in the Reiman Publishing/Taste of Home town of Green Dale and the House On The Rock in Spring Green. Madison reminded us very much of Palo Alto, CA. The House was totally awesome; we took all 3 tours and both loved it (I'm 60, my wife, 57) it certainly was a great time. I can't understand the negative comments e.g. musty smell (only 1 room), dark (well, yes), tourist trap (certainly not), expensive (not considering the time invested and ALL of the various, wonderful sights!)

From Madison, we visited our son and daughter-in-law in Plymouth, MN for a few days then set out for Mt. Rushmore. Along the way, we stopped at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD - a must-see stop and The Badlands National Monument - stunning is the only way to describe the badlands. Even screaming kids in a van next to ours could do nothing but stand and stare in stunned silence after they poured out of the door!

From The Badlands, on to Mt. Rushmore - spectacular and awe-inspiring as well. One of the original drillers was signing copies of a book that he authored in the visitor area; interesting fellow.

We stayed in Rapid City and ultimately visited Custer National Park, the Bear Country attraction and the Dinosaur Park on Skyline Drive. Custer and Bear Country were great, Dinosaur Park OK - more for kids. While in Rapid City, had many bison burgers and purchased some Black Hills gold jewelry and Sioux pottery.

Return trip took us to Plymouth for an encore, and 1 night stopovers in Janesville, WI and Akron, OH.

What a great trip; a lot of driving, but the vistas, views and visits would justify a return trip in the future!!

D&JH

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Sounds like a great trip.

So where did you stay in Plymouth, and how was it?

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We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Maple Grove due to the close proximity to our son.

The inn was OK - not great. Many Hampton Inns (our preferred) are better. Breakfast was not provided, the purchase price was $12.95 pp and was OK as well. It's a short walk to the Original Pancake House which was well worth the cost; we recommend it highly.

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