Outdoorsy Travel

With more than 10,000 lakes, 4,000 miles of paved bike trails, 76 state parks and the country’s only freshwater-based national park, Minnesota is a nature lover’s dream. Canoe the Boundary Waters, trek the Superior Hiking Trail, mountain bike in Cuyuna, or go birding along the Pine to Prairie Trail. In winter, traverse the snowy landscape via skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles or even dogsleds. And of course, fishing and hunting are year-round pursuits. Find more outdoorsy activities below, add them to your favorites, and plan your Minnesota adventure today.

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  1. Explore the Lakes of Voyageurs National Park

    Explore the Lakes of Voyageurs National Park

    “Voyageur” is a French word meaning “traveler.” And as the best, seasoned voyageurs know....to get to where you’re going, sometimes you have to travel to the end of the road. Or at least, to where the highway ends, and waterways begin. Voyageurs National Park is an expanse of lakes and forests at the end of the road on Minnesota’s northern border.

  2. Five Ways to Enjoy Minnesota’s 10,000 Lakes

    Five Ways to Enjoy Minnesota’s 10,000 Lakes

    When you visit a place that’s nicknamed “Land of 10,000 Lakes” (there’s actually 11,842, to be precise), it only makes sense that you explore one or two of them while you’re here. In fact, many would argue that you haven’t had the full Minnesota experience if you haven’t spent any time at a lake. After all, they’re not hard to find!

  3. Reconnect on a Camping Trip

    Reconnect on a Camping Trip

    Relaxation, adventure, escape, and quality time with family and friends are among the many reasons why camping is a beloved Minnesota pastime.

  4. Find Your New Favorite Sport

    Find Your New Favorite Sport

    If you’re looking for a new sport to try this summer, Minnesota has no shortage of options. Stand-up paddleboarding, ATVing, mountain biking and disc golfing all combine fun and fitness.

  5. 2014 Fishing Opener Dates

    2014 Fishing Opener Dates

    Find out when the fishing season opens for trout, walleye, muskie and more.