Grand Rapids Travel Guide
Itasca County Courthouse
Judy Garland Museum
Old Central High School
Try a new family experience...Zip line!
We had an amazing time at the Character Challenge Course. Located about 75 miles south west of Grand Rapids, the trip is absolutely worth your while! Staff are supportive and helpful and safety is key to the experience. Bring loads of cameras and lots of guts, the zip line...
Mississippi River Park
Just an hour's drive from its source at Itasca State Park, the baby Mississippi River flows through the center of Grand Rapids. The river is celebrated at this park where several exhibits detail the importance of the river, not just for Grand Rapids, but throughout its 2.552...
For many years we have admired this famous photograph as we have viewed it in homes, restaurants, and churches. It's of an old man pausing to give thanks (offer grace) over a simple meal of a loaf of bread and a bowl of soup. But until we visited the Itasca County Museum we...
The Yellow Brick Road
The sidewalks leading from 5th Street to the Old Central School have been replaced with a "Yellow Brick Road," like that in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz." As we walked up to the school this crow flew down and landed in front of us, inviting us to take it's picture. So we...
Old Central School
Occupying a full square block right in the center of Grand Rapids the Old Central School looks more like a courthouse than a schoolhouse. No longer used as a school, it is now a multi-use structure, housing the Itasca County Historical Society Museum, a restaurant, various...
Judy Garland Birthplace and Museum
Frances Ethel Gumm, who became Judy Garland and starred as Dortohy in one of the world's most beloved films, "The Wizard of Oz," was born and spent her earliest years in Grand Rapids. A section of the Ithaca County Museum is dedicated to her, but even more interesting is to...
Grand Rapids Visitor Center
It would be well on any first time visit to a town to start at the Visitor Center, which is where we began our day in Grand Rapids. Here we learned that we needed more than just one day to explore all the many things there are to see and do in this very interesting area. One...
Wizard of Oz Mural
This is one of two murals we saw in downtown Grand Rapids honoring the town's most famous daughter, Judy Garland, who starred as Dorothy in the enduring family movie, The Wizard of Oz.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road
I must admit that I was at first flummoxed by the sight of corn growing in the square surrounding the Old Central School. But then as I drew closer and noticed the yellow brick road, it all came together. When Dorothy followed the Yellow Brick Road out of Munchkinland she...
The Mississippi River
Even the mightiest rivers start their journeys as benign little streams. At Grand Rapids the Mississippi River is shallow enough to walk across in hip-waders. The River's source is in Ithasca State Park about 150 miles west of Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids area is known as having Minnesota's 'Grand Slam of Golf'. There are four championship courses in the area;Pokegama, Wendigo, Sugar Brook, and Eagles Ridge. Pokegama is the Oldest and most prestigous course. And if your staying on Lake Pokegama you can take...
I always stayThere are...
I always stayThere are however, many other lodging choices such as; bed & breakfasts, hotels, resorts, and campgrounds.The Sawmill inn is the known as the nicest but it can cost a little more $$.
(pic. of the beach at our cabin)
Our Wedding Day
I suppose there is no more common custom worldwide than marriage. Is there a society or culture that does not practice marriage in some form? Probably not. For me, this was a special day not because of the family, friends, ceremony, flowers, dinner, celebration, etc. No, that stuff was nice and everything, but the real reason that it was the best day of my life was the realization that Becky and I had made a lifelong commitment to travel through life as one and this was the first day of that journey.
Updated Oct 6, 2003
- Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Transforming a tree into reams of paper is a stinky business. Really. It smells pretty bad and given the right atmospheric conditions the entire town can be engulfed by rather noxious fumes.
Written Oct 5, 2003
- Related to:
- Road Trip
Pokegama Dam and Recreation Area
Just three miles upstream from Grand Rapids, on Hwy. 2, is this beautiful recreation area developed and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Here you will find Class A waterfront camping sites, picnic and playground areas, hiking trails, restrooms, and a fishing...
The abandoned Tioga mine is a...
The abandoned Tioga mine is a great place to go mountain biking. There are alot of old roads that have been partially grown over but makes for a great off-road ride. There are no maps of the mine so you can get lost easily, I still do even though I've been riding them for...
The Fedral dam on the...
The Fedral dam on the Mississippi River. It's located just west of town on highway 2. It's really not that big because way up here the Mississippi isn't that big but there are some good hiking paths on the other side of the dam and a campground along side it.(pic. of swamp...
Judy Garland Mural
Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids in 1922 but moved to California by the time she was 5 years old. Therefore, it seems a little silly to me that Grand Rapids would have a Judy Garland Museum and have a yellow brick road leading up to the old Central school building in...
Visit one of the surrounding...
Visit one of the surrounding lakes. Lake Pokegama is one of the largest in the areas and there are many public landings and beaches. There are over 1,000 lakes in Itasca county alone so your bound to find one you like.
Swimming in lake Pokegama, the water is clean and...
Explore Deeper into Grand Rapids