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Itasca State Park, Headwaters of the Mississippi River
The oldest, and most iconic, Minnesota State Park is Itasca State Park–the headwaters of the Mississippi River. You can’t say you’ve been there if you haven’t walked across the river.
The Devil’s Kettle, Judge C.R. Magney State Park
It’s a bit of a hike, and a lot of steps, to see one of the real geological oddities of Minnesota, the Devil’s Kettle at Magney State Park.
Waterfalls of Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior
The North Shore of Lake Superior is fed by dozens of Minnesota rivers, most of which have waterfalls you can easily reach on foot. It’s the best place to start your tour of Minnesota waterfalls.
What to do in Grand Marais
The charming old town of Grand Marais, with its many unique Minnesota characteristics, makes a great base for exploring the North Shore of Lake Superior, the Gunflint Trail, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
7 Great Minneapolis Restaurants
Seven greats of the Minneapolis restaurant scene, plus a few more. A selection of restaurants we’ve enjoyed recently. Some new and some old favorites; choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Great Restaurants in Duluth
Honestly, Duluth was a bit of a surprise when it came to eating out. The Twin Cities, of course, are known for great places to eat, but when I think of Duluth, I admit my thoughts go more to scenery and big boats, not big plates of delicious food. I’ve had to change my thinking.
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12 Museums to Visit in the Twin Cities
Minneapolis and Saint Paul feature a variety of museums that showcase the region’s culture, history, and art. Here are the top museums to visit in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
Best Things to Do in St. Cloud
Best things to do in St. Cloud, MN. Enjoy parks and quarries, bike trails, concerts, sports, culture, history in this college town on the river.
Crosby Manitou State Park: A Tough Hike
At George H. Crosby Manitou State Park, designed for backpackers not cars, you’re in for a challenging hike to reach the Manitou River cascade. And from there, it gets a lot tougher.
Granite Falls: Minnesota River Town
Small town Granite Falls on the Minnesota River features the historic Volstead House Museum, a WWII air museum, and a spirited arts community. Just over two hours’ drive from Minneapolis, it makes for an easy overnight or weekend getaway.
The Lac qui Parle Mission and State Park
The Lac Qui Parle Mission provides a glimpse into some of the earliest interactions between the Indians of the Upper Minnesota River area and the first white settlers, including Joseph Renville, who was instrumental in creating a system of writing the Dakota language.
The Upper Sioux Agency State Park
Created as one of two Indian agencies created by the Sioux treaty of 1851, the Upper Sioux Agency is now a state park with history exhibits and nice hikes.