If you have ever seen the Disney animated motion picture Cars, the story may sound familiar. A stretch of highway, long forgotten by most travelers, struggles to regain some notoriety and relevance. It is the true story of 32 miles of two-lane roadway that lies in southwestern North Dakota. Although the road has no official route number, it has become known as the Enchanted Highway. PleasureLand RV is pleased to present the true story of this almost forgotten road.
It was back in 1989 that a local artist by the name of Gary Greff came up with the idea. Greff saw how superhighways were siphoning off traffic from rural roads like the one that went through his hometown of Regent, South Dakota. He thought if people had a reason to travel these roads, small towns like his would still be viable. So he began to use scrap metal to build larger than life sculptures along the road.
He used farm tanks, utility poles, barbed wire, and augers to create the 45 foot tall “Tin Family” sculpture. “Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again” was constructed out of well pipe and stands tall at 51 feet. He utilized pipe and wire mesh to create “Pheasants on the Prairie,” weighing in at a total of 13,000 lbs. Greff made use of some old fuel tanks and oil well tanks in creating “Grasshoppers in the Field.” In 2002 he again used oil tanks in the creation of “Deer Crossing.” His masterpiece however, is his giant “Geese in Flight” sculpture. This massive piece of art stands at 154 feet long and 110 feet tall, making it the largest metal sculpture in the world according to the Guinness World Book of Records.
A Regent native, Greff maintains the sculptures and plans to add more. In 2012 he opened up his “Enchanted Castle” motel along the route. If you are planning on RVing to the Black Hills and Badlands areas of this part of the country, consider a trip down the the Enchanted Highway. It can make for a bit more interesting drive than that along the Interstates. The Enchanted Highway runs from Regent to Exit 72 of I-94. It is a trip you and your family won’t soon forget and pictures are a must.
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If you’re planning on a trip through Minnesota in your new PleasureLand RV, now’s the time to check it out, before the roads freeze over and it turns into a winter wonderland. There are a lot of great events going on this month in Minnesota, you need only look.
The Nordic Music Festival
If you find yourself in Chanhassen this week, check out the Nordic Music Festival starting September 7th. Attendance is totally free, and you can enjoy music and dancing from traditional Nordic performers.
Marigold Days in Afton is one of those great events where there really is something for everyone, that’s not just a slogan. There’s a grand parade, a Firemen’s Dance, live music, even a fishing contest for the kids and a flea market. Taking place in the beautiful Mississippi Bluff Country, Marigold Days is the event to hit if you’re not sure what you want to do, you just know that you want to have some fun.
A Taste of Rochester
If you’re in Rochester and you can’t decide where to have dinner, don’t worry, A Taste of Rochester has you covered. This event has folks trying out items from various restaurants around Rochester for a dollar each. Twelve dollars will essentially get you a whole dinner plate full of neat little nibbles from around town. Definitely the place to be when the family just can’t agree on burgers or chicken.
Minnesota is really just packed full of neat events like these, we’ve only just scratched the surface. Take the time to do some exploring after rolling off the our Minnesota RV dealership in your new wagon. You never know what you’ll turn up in Minnesota from the fishing to the camping to the beautiful cities we have here. Minnesota really can be an RVer’s dream state. Come see us at PleasureLand RV today!
PleasureLand RV is your go-to RV dealership in Minnesota. When planning an outing to the Wisconsin Dells, stop in at PleasureLand to check out the fifth wheels, travel trailers, pop-ups, and toy haulers – new and used – and turn your travel dreams into an on-the-road reality.
This is the largest waterpark in the US, so it’s a must for those who enjoy water activities. It’s a great way for adults and children to spend the day cooling off bodyboarding, rafting, dropping down waterslides, or speeding along water coasters. Although the mega waterpark is closed for the season, add it to your spring getaway calendar when it reopens from May to September next year.
Play a game of cards seven days a week starting at 10am and going strong until 4am. Try your hand at three or four card poker, Texas Hold’em or show off your talent in a poker tournament. If games of chance tickle your fancy, spin the roulette wheel or give it your best shot at the blackjack table. There’s also baccarat and craps to keep you busy from one hour to the next. To round out the visit, relax with a few rounds of bingo or head to the off track betting area for greyhound, thoroughbred or harness racing at multiple tracks.
Mirror Lake State Park
Photo Courtesty of Pascal Collet via Flickr Creative Commons
The 2,200-acre park is a beauty with 50 foot cliffs, hiking trails through lush forest, a swimming beach and canoeing and kayaking on the pristine waters of Mirror Lake. Enjoy the solitude and beauty of the outdoors at one of the 152 camp sites within the park. Some are equipped with electricity and all have access to showers and dump stations. Bicycles, kayaks and canoes are available for rent and the park concession area has firewood and ice for sale. Mirror Lake is open from 6am to 11pm year-round.
There’s no need to wait to make a date with the folks at PleasureLand RV. Get yourself and your recreational vehicle tuned up and ready to go for fall getaways, winter ski adventures, or refreshing spring and summer outdoor activities.
Since PleasureLand RV Center is the RV dealership Minnesota relies on for everything RV related, we thought we would really go out on the edge. We thought we would look for those unusual, weird, wild, and wacky places Minnesota has to offer that can make for some interesting trips. Are you ready to explore the odd side of our state? Here we go!
The Jolly Green Giant – Since 1979, the Jolly Green Giant has stood watch over Blue Earth, Minnesota. The town used to be home of a Green Giant vegetable canning plant, and originally the 55 foot statue was designed to lure travelers into town from I-90. Sadly, no land owner near the freeway offered property for the giant statue, and he was placed a mile away near the fairgrounds in Blue Earth. Perhaps even sadder is the canning plant is no longer operated by Green Giant. You can climb up close to his size 78 shoes to this day though and get a picture.
World’s Largest Prairie Chicken – Rothsay, Minnesota, is home to this “booming” chicken. Booming means he is puffing out the big orange sacks on each side of his neck. At thirteen feet tall and 9,000 lbs. this guy would make for a great barbecue. As he stands he mostly serves as a great place for gag photos.
World’s Largest Ball of Twine – What would you get if you rolled twine for 4 hours a day for 29 nears? Yep, a BIG ball of twine. In fact, the World’s Largest. Actually it has been clarified as the “World’s Largest Ball of Twine Rolled by One Man.” Folks in Kansas have one bigger, but they allow visitors to add to it daily. The folks in Darwin, Minnesota, are pleased with their record holder.
Paul Bunyan and The Blue Ox – Perhaps Minnesota’s most famous oddity, the lumberjack and his ox friend stand in Bemidji, Minnesota. Paul stands at 18 feet and is estimated to weigh in at 2.5 tons. He’s been standing there proudly for a while, since 1937. His blue buddy joined him in 1939.
PleasureLand RV is all about having fun in the great outdoors and hope you enjoy these oddities right in our own backyard!
Photographer: Deb Nystrom
PleasureLand RV is the place to be for any and all things related to recreational vehicle travel. Our RV dealership provides an extensive inventory of new and used travel trailers, truck campers, RVs, pop-ups, utility and cargo trailers, and more. As the premier RV dealership in Minnesota, you’ll find what you need to make your way to upcoming events like the Minnesota State Fair.
Time and Location
The fair is scheduled to begin August 22 and runs through Labor Day, September 2. The Minnesota State Fairgrounds are located at 1265 North Snelling Avenue N in St. Paul. Gates open at 6am with exhibit buildings, Midway, Kidway, food concessions, barns, Ag-Hort building, and other areas opening between 8am and 10am.
The Midway and Kidway are star attractions as each provides thrilling rides and entertainment. Adventure Park keeps guests busy with bungy jumping or testing your stamina on the Sling Shot. Take the Skyride across the grounds or go upward 40 feet on the SkyGlider for spectacular views of the fair.
Kids will get a kick out of the Go Carts, Giant Slide, Carousel, and ice skating. For exotic fun, there’s Monty’s Traveling Reptile Show and Bob’s Snake Zoo, and, for those wanting something a little tamer, the Butterfly House is a nice respite for relaxing. The Luminarium is a visual treat where visitors are swathed in colorful light coming through stained glass windows three stories high.
There’s something going on everyday with free events, music, comedy shows, and more at designated areas that include the stages at Heritage Square, North Woods, Bazaar, Bandshell, Baldwin Park, and Ramberg Center.
Save some time to see the daily parade beginning at 2pm and plan time on your itinerary for the multi-breed horse shows that are included in the fair admission price. See English riding beginning August 21 and Western riding beginning August 30. For rodeo action, the High School Rodeo takes place August 28 through August 30.
The Minnesota State Fair Campground is available by reservation only. Contact the office at (651) 642-2379 to reserve your site.
Stop by PleasureLand RV today and let our experienced staff show you around to get a firsthand look at what we have in stock, from new RVs to used. No matter what you’re looking for, we’re sure to have something in stock that meets your needs.
A vacation to Voyageurs National Park is a true adventure as visitors have 218,000 acres to explore. The tapestry of the park is an intertwined network of lush forest, ancient rock, and multiple waterways.The rugged and remote park is a haven for water enthusiasts and wildlife observers.
When planning a getaway to this Minnesota destination, traveling in comfort is the ideal way to make the trip. If you’re in the market to purchase a new or used Class A motorhome, travel trailer, or pop-up camper, a visit to PleasureLand RV Center provides an extensive inventory to choose from.
Photographer: JCK Photos
Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open year-round and features a museum, bookstore, exhibits, theater, children’s area, information desk, and boat launch. Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center and Ash River Visitor Center are open late May through late September and also provide a free boat launch and picnic area with tables. Access to Voyageurs and public boat launches require a free permit available at the visitor center.
Things to do
Depending on the season, visitor’s enjoy hiking, fishing, canoeing, boat tours, and ranger led naturalist programs. During the winter, snowmobiling, skiing, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, and hiking snow-covered trails are options. Rowboats, canoes, cross-country skis, and snowshoes are available for rent.
Voyageurs offers multiple trails and overlooks accessible by land and several by water, only. Trails vary in difficulty from easy to moderate, taking anywhere between 20 minutes to two hours, and strenuous hikes, such as the 27.9 mile Kab-Ash Trail, that can take several days. Along the trails, hikers have the opportunity to view forests of aspens and pines, wetlands, birds, and wildlife
Campsites inside Voyageurs are only accessible by boat. Adjacent to the park is the Woodenfrog State Forest Campground that offers camping for recreational vehicles. The campground has a boat launch and swimming area.
Plan an itinerary to Voyageurs and look to PleasureLand RV for all your needs from service maintenance to sales. The professional, expert, and certified technicians at our family owned and operated RV dealership will get you road-ready for your next great travel excursion.
PleasureLand RV Center is your premier family owned and operated Minnesota RV dealership that will prepare you for a travel adventure in comfort and style. When planning a trip to a destination like the Continental Divide, a capable and reliable recreational vehicle is necessary. With the available inventory of quality RV’s, travel trailers, and fifth wheels from PleasureLand, you’re sure to find one that will safely get you where you want to go and back home again.
Photographer: Bureau of Land Management
Facts About the Divide
The Continental Divide runs from Canada to Mexico and spans multiple states including New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana for approximately 3000 miles. The U.S. portion runs from Montana’s Glacier National Park, south through the Rockies, and on to New Mexico and the Mexican border.
The scenic and rugged terrain of the Continental Divide navigates through an array of ecosystems. From mountain meadows and high-desert plateaus to massive granite peaks, the Divide offers challenging hiking trails, scenic landscapes, and picturesque vistas. It is nature at its best with endless examples of unspoiled beauty, incredible open expanses, pristine wilderness, alpine forests, miles of Saguaro cactus, mountain peaks, and an abundance of wildlife.
Exploring the Continental Divide
Hiking and backpacking along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is one way explore. Another option is riding and discovering the peace and serenity of the backcountry on a motorcycle. Traveling the Divide in a recreational vehicle provides the best of both worlds by having your mobile home-away-from home for camping along the way at area campgrounds and RV resorts.
Planning Your Trip
When visiting, it’s important to plan your trip according to the season. Weather conditions will vary from state to state and inclement conditions may be encountered. Sand storms, torrential rain, flash floods, and snow and ice are conditions to be expected on the Divide. It’s also important to be prepared with plenty of food, water, fuel, and cell phone as many portions of the trip will be long stretches of wide open expanses.
Contact PleasureLand RV Center whenever your plans involve over-the-road traveling. With an extensive inventory, our knowledgeable staff will have you in the recreational vehicle of your dreams so you can explore and discover the ultimate adventure known as the “Great Divide.”
As the RV dealership Minnesota and the region has come to depend on, we love sharing ideas about RV road trips. If you have overlooked taking a trip to Mt. Rushmore, you are missing out on more than just a national memorial. You are missing some of visually stunning and most historic places in our country.
About Mt. Rushmore
Everyone knows that Mt. Rushmore is home to the bigger than life carvings, recognizing four American Presidents. The four are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. It was dedicated in 1927 in the Black Hills of South Dakota. What you may not know is that it was actually conceived to promote tourism in that part of the country. That it has. Each year over 2.5 million people visit the site. Construction was started in 1927 and continued through 1941 when World World II and the lack of funding stopped the process. It was originally designed to show the presidents to the waist, but today, the memorial remains as just the heads of the four leaders. Part of the site’s popularity is bolstered by the many other reasons there are to make the trek to the Black Hills. Let’s take a look at what else is within proximity of Mt. Rushmore.
The Corn Palace
If you are going to South Dakota and looking for the unusual, make a stop at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Every year the corn palace is completely decorated with 12 different colors of field corn. The decorating takes place from June through September, and the palace contains and educational center inside and offers tours.
There are parts of the Badlands that will take your breath away. Natural rock formations provide an up close and personal view of the power of Mother Nature. Roaming bighorn sheep, bison, antelope and other wildlife provide added visual entertainment.
Crazy Horse Memorial
Six years after the work on Mt. Rushmore ceased, work began on the Crazy Horse Memorial. The work of one man, Korczak Ziolkowski, from then until his death in 1982, is continued by his family to this day. When completed, it will be an impressive 640 feet high and also just as long. It is a site worth visiting and a story worth learning.
More than just an HBO series, Deadwood is a city whose entirety is a national historic landmark. Relive the wild west with a visit to this South Dakota town.
Much more than just Mt. Rushmore…
Driving through the Black Hills can be a challenge when towing a travel trailer or in a large motorhome, but if you plan well, it will be a trip you and your family will remember forever. The scenic roadways are spectacular and the Black Hills offer caves and a National Forest for exploration. Mt. Rushmore is also just about two hours away from Devils Tower, a natural wonder in Northeast Wyoming. Devils Tower gained notoriety from the film “Close Encounters”. Sand Creek on the Wyoming border has some great trout fishing and plenty of camping.
Those RVing will find National Parks, State Parks and a variety of private grounds to accommodate you along the way. It is called Big Sky Country for a reason and you can see it for yourself with a trip to Mt. Rushmore and the surrounding area.
Looking for RV rentals Minneapolis Minnesota? It is a great way to discover the RV lifestyle and PleasureLand RV Center can help. Contact us today!
Motion sickness is a real drag; especially when you’re on a long trip across the country in an RV. No one likes feeling sick whether you actually end up sick or not. Not all of us end up feeling this way. But for the 33% of the population, it can cause adverse effects even in mild situations. But what is motion sickness? It is usually when one system detects motion the other system cannot. There are three main types of motion sickness causes:
- motion that isn’t seen but felt.
- motion that isn’t felt but seen.
- motion that doesn’t correspond to what both systems detect.
Even further, there are different reasons and places we can become sick. The most common of these is carsickness which is usually worse when the individual is looking down or trying to read a book or map. The best thing to do for this is to find the horizon and watch it. If you cannot do this, simply looking out of the window might help.
Another common form of this sickness occurs on airplanes. A problem for most people on airplanes are the small windows to alleviate the visual system. They do not have much to correct this problem and usually just have to endure it. If you know you are going to have a problem, or even if you do not normally have issues with flying, it is always good to have either some natural remedies for motion sickness on hand or acquire over-the-counter medications that specifically treat this condition.
Seasickness is another major form of motion sickness. Not all people who have carsickness become seasick and vice versa. You could also become sick from dizziness due to spinning. These are all common ailments of the first type of motion sickness.
There are many other ways you can acquire motion sickness. Even playing video games or using anything virtual reality-based can leave you feeling sick. Sometimes watching movies or videos can make one feel the pains of motion sickness. So what can you do to fix this egregious problem? Your friends at PleasureLand RV Center have a few solutions.
As mentioned previously, you can take a number of over-the-counter medications to help cure this ailment. The most noted is the brand Dramamine which comes in a variety of flavors as well as appropriate strengths for children. Other brands include Bonine, MotionEaze and Hyland’s.
A few ways to cure this problem naturally are with either ginger, olives, peppermint or horehound. Ginger works exceptionally well against motion sickness. You can make a tea from it, eat it straight-up and diced or even take pills or powders that contain this amazing herb. Olives work but only at the onset of the sickness. The other herbs mentioned can be taken in pills or powders or used as teas.
So the next time you’re taking a trip in your recreational vehicle, remember to be prepared in case you start experiencing that familiar feeling.
If you’re looking for a fun place to visit in Minnesota, why not try the Mall of America? The mall is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, near the Twin Cities, and is southeast of Interstate 494 and Minnesota State Highway 77 junction. The mall receives over 18 million visitors each year because of its varied stores and unique attractions.
This mall is unlike the run-of-the-mill shopping center you’re probably used to. The Mall of America has the Nikelodeon Universe, Sea Life Minnesota, American Girl Doll store, and other general retail items on its first floor. On the second level, you can visit restaurants and shops. Level three is known for two more food courts, over 20 eateries, and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Level four has two food courts and includes attractions like Dick’s Last Resort, the Mall of America theater, and the Hooters restaurant.
When you visit, check out the Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park on the first floor and in the center of the mall. You can catch a ride on roller coasters and take part in other theme-park attractions. The Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium is located next to this park and is 300 feet long. You will pass through 14 feet of water while you get to see over 4,500 different sea creatures.
These are just a few of the many things you can take time to do when you visit the Mall of America. The mall is open from 10 AM to 9:30 PM from Monday through Saturday, and you can visit from 11 AM to 7:00 PM on Sundays, giving you plenty of time to explore the four floors of this exciting and unique mall. The attractions are always changing, so make sure to check mallofamerica.com to learn more about the events coming up when you’re planning to visit.
Remember to let us know what you thought about the trip when you stop by at PleasureLand RV in Minnesota.