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Alternate Route Info

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I am heading to visit some relatives in MN in about a month and I despise going through the MSP area, not to mention my relatives indicated that I35 in MN was under some major construction in some areas and to look into avoiding that.

To the area I am headed, it looks like a good alternate way to get there would be to exit off of 94 in Eau Claire and take US 53 to US 8. Can anyone tell me what those roads are like (2 lane, 4 lane, mixed, condition, etc...)? Any information would be helpful.

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Hwy 53 is now a bypass around Eau Claire and it would be a 2 laned highway up to your exit on Hwy 8. Once you go west on Hwy 8, it is one lane in each direction and you will go through many little towns until you get to Minnesota. You could then pick up the freeway in MN. (You would have to look at a map as I don't know MN well) Hwy 53 actually is 2 lanes all the way up to Superior/Duluth and is a nice drive.

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Thanks for the info. I think I will give it a try. I wish I could get to the Superior/Duluth area this time but probably not going to be in the cards. It looks like an overnight stay in Eau Claire might be in order as well to ensure daytime driving on unfamiliar 2 lane roads.

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What is your MN destination?

Google maps shows you 4 lane vs 2 lane.

Here is MN road info www.511mn.org/default.asp?area=statewide

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MN Destination is Mora, so taking 53 out of Eau Claire to US 8, then 95 to 65 in MN...most of those looked to be 2 lane with a few instances of 4 lane split in once I got off of 53.

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If you want a real pleasant trip, take 53 to Hwy 70. " Sconnies" generally refer to anything north of 70 as the "north woods", a trip through Spooner, Grantsburg and the lakes and forests would be wonderful. If time is not of the essence I would do this pleasant route all the way to Hwy 65

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It only looks like it is about an extra 10 miles or so to go that route. I will look into it. How far "out there" is that? In other words, I know neither route is going to be like an Interstate but it looks like 8/95/65 goes through a couple decent sized towns if needs should arise. Would 70 have any facilities of any kind along the way? Will have a 3yo with, so thinking if a potty break would be needed en route.

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Hwy 70 isn't out there at all. It's the main E/W highway serving the northwoods, so gas stations and places to eat are all along the route.

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Hwy. 8 is nice traveling http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_8 Interstate State Park you would pass through on your way across the border. Both sides are interesting to check out. With a young one you'll take extra care in walking around but it's a beautiful park, each side with a little different flavor.

…state.mn.us/state_parks/…index.html

dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/interstate/

If you go Hwy. 70 through Spooner the train rides there are wonderful ending up with a nice view of the Namekagon up by Trego. Also in nearby Shell Lake is the Woodcarving Museum (no cameras) which is definitely a sight to take in.

http://www.spoonertrainride.com/

http://wisconsinvisitor.com/?112250

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Hwy. 8 is nice traveling http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_8 Interstate State Park you would pass through on your way across the border. Both sides are interesting to check out. With a young one you'll take extra care in walking around but it's a beautiful park, each side with a little different flavor.

…state.mn.us/state_parks/…index.html

dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/interstate/

If you go Hwy. 70 through Spooner the train rides there are wonderful ending up with a nice view of the Namekagon up by Trego. Also in nearby Shell Lake is the Woodcarving Museum (no cameras) which is definitely a sight to take in.

http://www.spoonertrainride.com/

http://wisconsinvisitor.com/?112250

scenic boat rides by Interstate State Park: …ettractions.com/taylors-falls-scenic-boat-t…

Definitely enjoy "offhighwaying" it by going further north, it's much quieter with neat little towns along the way.

An alternative to 94 is Hwy. 64 which you can catch off of Hwy. 53 (south of Hwy. 8). Once you get on Hwy. 64 there's really not an abundance in the way of stops but there are a few things along the way save a mile north of Hwy. 64 is Sand Creek (gas station) part way on your journey, then further when you hit Connorsville there's a cheese store just past town open Wed.-Sat. according to the website: http://www.bolenvalecheese.com/, then there's some gas stations at the corner about 15-18min. past there, then New Richmond is your next stopping point then from there you'd hit Stillwater if you continued on Hwy. 64. So it's a good alternative as well. While it's not loaded with stops the one's I listed are spaced out nicely in between and offer some opportunities that would make it doable.

Edited: 19 July 2012, 22:50
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10. Re: Alternate Route Info

Just wanted to say thanks for the info on taking 53 to 70. It was a very nice trip and a lot more laid back than having to go through Minneapolis/St. Paul which I usually dread. I think this will be my new route going forward to get to the area.

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