Take a Self-Guided Winter Tour of Northeast Minnesota
By Minnesota Arrowhead Committee
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Take the guesswork out of winter adventures and experience northeast Minnesota with a carefully curated tour that puts you in charge. Here’s a sampling of self-guided winter tours.
Minnesota’s Cook County is the best place in the lower 48 states to view the natural phenomenon known as aurora borealis or the Northern Lights. The colorful, dancing lights aren’t visible every night, but they can often be seen at Voyageurs National Park, where the Dark Sky designation assures spectacular views of the heavens on clear nights. The folks at VNP have created a helpful tip sheet with links to maps, advice and more. There’s also a downloadable map of driving tours and a photography guide on the Visit Cook County website. Cook County and International Falls offer a variety of lodging options. Book your stay, then find a spot to sit outside with a blanket and a thermos to wait for the show. It’s sure to be an evening you won’t forget.
Grand Rapids may be known for fabulous fishing and terrific trails, but this town also has a big creative side. Explore the art scene with this Art and Historic Sites story map. Stroll through the winter streets, or drive from site to site as you take in large-scale rural art and history in a small town. Make your plans to visit Grand Rapids this winter.
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