Looking for uniquely Midwestern gifts? Browse Lake Wobegon USA, a boutique devoted to places made famous by Minnesota favorite son Garrison Keillor. Or Lucky Charms for its Minnesota-made jewelry.
Want some exercise? Try the climbing wall or jump at Extreme Trampoline. Out of breath after an exhausting day of consumerism? Go to Oxygen Bar. Met someone during your shopping and want to settle down long term? Head for Chapel of Love and get hitched. Need a little pick-me-up? Buy some caffeination at Caribou Coffee, whose motto reads: "Life is short. Stay awake for it."
For the premier photo opportunity, try the Lego Imagination Center. In case you've run out of ideas for those little building blocks, you'll be amazed at what fills this four-story atrium — things like a flying machine, brightly colored dinosaurs, a motorcyclist, a grease jockey working on an engine.
Are there other special shopping destinations? Sure. We've enjoyed whiling away time in central North Carolina's pottery belt, where one can buy ceramic place settings directly from the artisans creating them. I've learned to allot full afternoons for such wonderful book emporia as City Lights in San Francisco and Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver.
But enough is enough. Let me save a few places for my next fantasy trip.
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