Posts Categorized: budget travel

Family travel tips for MSP Airport

Plan ahead during the busiest travel times It’s the busiest time of year for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) as Minnesota families head out for the holidays or spring break. It’s wise to arrive at least two hours early for your flight, even if it’s domestic and there are no threats of snow storms…. Read more »

Find alternative vacation plans with Minnesota shutdowns

Families love Clear Lake Campground at Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in Wisconsin. State park closed? Try national forests or county campgrounds Photos & feature by Lisa Meyers McClintickThere are surely moans (or shrieks) of frustration today as weekend and summer plans are foiled by the Minnesota government shutdown. It has closed all Minnesota state… Read more »

Minnesota’s Cuyuna Lakes mountain bike trails open

You’d never know this ultra-clear lake near Crosby was formerly a mine pit. Former mines transform into a premiere playground Jenny Smith heading through Boot Camp. One of Minnesota’s best-kept secrets, the Cuyuna Lakes State Recreation Area, won’t be under the radar much longer. The buzz has been building for years among mountain biking fans…. Read more »

Minnesota family resorts: Lake vacations with old-fashioned fun

Hydro-biking at Northern Lights Resort It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but we haven’t had the chance to enjoy a true lakeside resort before–not the neighborly family-run variety where kids roam freely, movie rentals are on  the honor system, potlucks are spontaneous, and the resort dog shows up when she gets the first whiff of… Read more »

Save money at Wisconsin Dells & water parks

I was talking with Floridians last week who were puzzling over Minnesotan’s love affair with indoor water parks. This time of year–as it’s finally nudged past 11 degrees–I would go to an indoor water park just to peel off long underwear, wool socks and turtlenecks. Not to mention bulky sweaters that make me feel as… Read more »