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Fat bikes are making their way around Minnesota! If you haven’t seen them yet, they are probably not far from your local parks, trails, or bike shops. These incredible bikes with over-sized tires are giving a whole new meaning to the term "winter biking," especially in Minnesota.
Well, sure, parts of Minnesota are flat. But that hasn't stopped our state from becoming one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world. Clip in and check out these epic trail systems.
Because your Netflix account needs a vacation, too.
Ride somewhere you’ve never been this Bike Month.
For bike lovers visiting the Twin Cities, planning your vacation can hard - there's almost too much to see! This guide highlights businesses that prioritize bike parking and helps visitors find bike-friendly businesses of all kinds.
U.S. Bicycle Route 41 spans an epic 325 miles between St. Paul, Duluth, and the North Shore. For a truly great Minnesota bicycle tour vacation, visit these destinations along the way.
Plan your next vacation with these Minnesota bike-sharing programs in mind, and never travel without a bike again!
Rochester is broadly known for the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, but you don’t need to be checked-in to check out this extraordinary Minnesota bike-vacation destination. The Med City has a robust network of bike trails, Minnesota’s newest bike-sharing system, and enough bike-friendly restaurants, breweries, museums and public plazas to satisfy all your vacation desires. Biking in Rochester reveals a city full of world-class urban amenities without the complications, long lines and high costs of a bigger city. So grab your helmet and follow us on a whirlwind 24 hour bike-vacation in Rochester!
These winter biking tips are designed to keep your road bike where it belongs - on the road.
Take winter by the handlebars with these essential Minnesota winter bike events.
Your bike deserves a vacation too. Treat yourselves to a stay at a bike-friendly Minnesota lodging. By committing to bike-friendly policies and perks, these unique places to stay are sure to get any bike tourist pumped.
Stop dreaming and start riding. These two bicycle routes cover 1,000+ miles of roads and trails in Minnesota, connecting some of our state's finest natural wonders and cultural landmarks.
Inevitably, conversations about bicycling in Minnesota will often circle back to stories about adventures in the Iron Range, or a tour up the North Shore—and for good reason. From the raw beauty of Lake Superior, to the bustling port city of Duluth, to the monumental open pit iron mines and the expansive boreal forests that cover the area, bicycling in northeast Minnesota is an experience unlike any other. It is a rare hodge-podge of beauty and grit, mines and mountains.
Spend any amount of time biking in Minnesota and you’re sure to hear stories about riding through the Mississippi River Bluffs, or suffering through the Almanzo 100 gravel race – two of southern Minnesota’s most unique biking experiences. But they’re far from the only must-ride experiences in the region. Thanks to its diverse landscape and unique bike trails, people biking in southern Minnesota enjoy unparalleled opportunities for adventure. From punchy gravel hills, to Great Plains farmland that stretches endlessly toward the horizon, to the driftless region’s rolling bluffs and valleys, bicycling in southern Minnesota is an experience unlike any other.
Like the many smaller rivers and streams that run together to form the mighty Mississippi, the Minnesota Heartland is an impressive confluence of elements. It's where the hardwoods meet the prairie, home to many of our 10,000 lakes, and where the world-famous Mississippi River begins its long trip south. And linking it all together, scenic bike trails weave around crystal lakes and over wooded hills, providing many miles of paved and off-road adventures.
From leisurely bike strolls to epic mountain bike adventures, there are enough summer bicycling events in Minnesota to cure even the strongest case of wanderlust. Push your legs to the limit on the grueling Lutsen 99er, or enjoy a family-friendly ride around Lake Bemidji during the Loop the Lake Festival – however you like to ride, there's always something happening in Minnesota. The only thing you won't find in Minnesota this summer is a dull moment.
Planning the perfect long weekend bike trip is a delicate thing. If your destination is too far away, you’ll spend the whole trip just getting there; if it’s not far enough from home, it barely even feels like a vacation. To make planning your trip a little easier, we put together this list of fun, three- to four-day bike trips in Minnesota. They’re perfect for your next long holiday weekend (or even just your next “sick day”).
For a beginner bike camping trip in Minnesota, it’s hard to beat this three-day itinerary of the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail. You’ll ride approximately 25-30 miles per day on the flat and shaded trail that extends from Mankato to Faribault. And when you’re not riding, there’s plenty of built-in downtime to explore the trail towns and Sakatah Lake State Park, where you’ll be camping.
It’s not hard to see why bikepacking—like minimalist backpacking, but on your bike—has exploded in popularity over the last couple of years. It’s overnight, self-supported bike camping, riding primarily on low-maintenance forest roads, logging trails, gravel and singletrack—everything you love about backpacking, plus the extra speed, distance and thrill of a bike trip.
From the sound of leaves crunching under bike tires, to the fireworks of fall colors bursting from branches as you pedal, it’s easy to see (and hear) why fall biking in Minnesota is so popular.
The only thing more Minnesotan than a fall trip to the apple orchard? Riding your bike there.
Your family will love exploring these 11 unique Minnesota pumpkin patches.
Although ice climbing may seem like an extreme sport, climbers describe the activity as meditative and deliberate. Begin your ascent by attending one of Minnesota's annual ice climbing festivals.
Learn how to photograph the northern lights, discover #OnlyinMN stargazing spots and plan your next out-of-this-world vacation in Minnesota.
If there’s one presiding truth about vacation, it’s this: The worse your cell phone service, the better your mood. As your signal fades into nothing more than a distant memory, you’re free to bask in the simple pleasures found in your destination of choice—in this case, Minnesota’s smallest towns.
The 3-by-2 foot Smallest Museum in St. Paul may be Minnesota's most notably hidden-in-plain-sight exhibition, but it's in good company. Minnesota is full of hidden gem museums; you just need to know where to look.
Passing through a cross-section of Minnesota geography and cultures, the 315-mile North Star Route (USBR 41) brings riders from metropolitan St. Paul to the bustling port city of Duluth, along the rocky North Shore of Lake Superior, and ends at Minnesota’s highest waterfall, High Falls of the Pigeon River, along the Canadian border.
With an estimated 400,000 annual attendees, Twin Cities Pride is the nation’s third-largest free Pride festival. The 2018 Twin Cities Pride Festival will take place June 23-24 in Minneapolis.
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