March 9th, 2016

Little House on the Prairie: A Mini-T Campervan Adventure Through Laura Ingalls Wilder's Life

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" series. Embark on an adventure through significant locations from the books, living the pioneer spirit firsthand from the comfort of a Mini-T Campervan, spanning from Walnut Grove, Minnesota, to Mansfield, Missouri.

Walnut Grove, Minnesota
Initiate your journey in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, the setting of the beloved TV series "Little House on the Prairie." During 1874-1876, this town was home to the Ingalls family. Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, which showcases exhibits from the Ingalls' era, including a model of their dugout home.

Nearby lies Plum Creek, the cherished childhood playground of Laura and her sister Mary. Make an overnight stop at Plum Creek Park, an ideal and tranquil location for your Mini-T Campervan.


Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
Head south to Sleepy Eye, a location frequently referenced in the "Little House" series. Although there are no specific Ingalls family sites, the town is steeped in history, reflected in the exhibits at the Brown County Historical Society.


Mankato, Minnesota
Next, arrive at Mankato, a significant location in the TV series and a real Minnesota town that Laura Ingalls Wilder likely visited. Delve into the local literature and history at the Betsy-Tacy Houses and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the historic downtown.

For camping, consider either the Minneopa State Park or the Land of Memories Park, both near Mankato, offering serene environments for your Mini-T Campervan. Relax to the sound of waterfalls and, with some luck, you might spot a bison or two.

Pepin, Wisconsin
Journey eastward to Pepin, Wisconsin, the birthplace of Laura. Visit the Little House Wayside, which houses a reconstructed log cabin signifying Laura's birthplace, located on land once owned by her parents, Charles and Caroline Ingalls.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum offers insights into the Ingalls' life in Wisconsin. For overnight stays, the Pepin Public Campground near Lake Pepin provides a serene setting for your Mini-T Campervan.


Independence, Kansas
Venture to Independence, Kansas, where the Ingalls family built their prairie home. The Little House on the Prairie Museum houses replicas of the family's cabin, a 19th-century schoolhouse, and a post office.

Consider camping at either the Riverside Park or Ralph Mitchell Zoo. The compact size of your Mini-T Campervan allows you to find the best spots to set up camp, getting closer to nature.

De Smet, South Dakota
Press on to De Smet, South Dakota, known as the "Little Town on the Prairie," the place where the Ingalls family made their home. Be sure to explore the Ingalls Homestead, the Surveyors' House, and Laura Ingalls' First School.

The Lake Thompson Recreation Area, located a short drive away, is an excellent site for camping. With ample room for your Mini-T Campervan, it offers a peaceful environment to unwind after a day's exploration. Enjoy a cozy evening in your campsite soaking up the ambience of the prairie under a starlit sky.


Mansfield, Missouri
Complete your journey in Mansfield, Missouri, where Laura penned the "Little House" books. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum feature the house that Almanzo built and the Rock House that their daughter Rose gifted.

Nearby, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Campground provides a convenient spot for your Mini-T Campervan. As the day ends, cherish the thought of sleeping near the place where Laura brought her unforgettable stories to life.

A Mini-T Campervan adds a unique element to your journey through Laura Ingalls Wilder's world. Whether you're a lifelong fan or a newcomer, this trip allows you to connect with the life that inspired her timeless stories, creating memories that will endure.

Happy Camping!

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