By Jim Umhoefer
Hennepin and Dakota counties. Junction of Highway 5 and Post Road. Take the Fort Snelling exits from Highway 5 or 55.
Highway map index: J-17.
It's not every day that you can walk up to a stranger and ask him about the hardships at a frontier fort in the 1820s. But the costumed guides at historic Fort Snelling will be happy to answer your questions. Although the park offers much more for family day visits besides the historic site, the fort is the main attraction in a park that is full of surprises. Historically, Fort Snelling has been a gateway for soldiers, explorers and settlers into the upper Mississippi River Valley. Read more: