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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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17 Things to Pack in Your Hiking Day Pack
A lot of Minnesota outdoors exploring involves day hiking. This is the comprehensive list of 17 (and two optional) things we carry in our packs while we’re on day hikes. Hiking essentials, optional gear, and best tips for healthy hikes.
A Walk to Coldwater Spring National Park Site
It’s an easy walk around the historic Coldwater Spring National Park Service site near Fort Snelling and Minnehaha Creek.
12 Reasons to Visit the Mall of America
Minnesota’s Mall of America combines shopping, entertainment, dining, attractions, and hotels. No wonder visitors come from near and far.
Christmas in Minneapolis and Saint Paul
No matter which side of the Twin Cities metro area you prefer, you’ve got plenty of holiday attractions, Christmas markets, and shopping options across Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
Visit the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
One of our favorite annual sojourns is the American Swedish Institute in South Minneapolis at Christmas time. While the Turnblad Mansion is always a treat for the art and history buff in us, it’s especially wonderful when its halls are decked for the holidays.
Visiting the Minnesota State Capitol
The Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul, is, obviously, the seat of Minnesota state government. It houses the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the office of the Attorney General…