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Women Golfing at Wildflower Golf Course
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Women Golfing at Wildflower Golf Course  / Micah Kvidt

Where the Prairie Meets the North Woods

Discover some of Minnesota’s largest lakes and the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Forests and lakes offer fishing and boating, biking miles of scenic trails, hiking in state parks, playing golf on beautiful courses and bird-watching. For more fast-paced adventure, check out forested ATV trails. With snowmobiling, ice fishing and skiing, there's no hibernating in winter.

The region's charming small towns offer specialty shops, art galleries and dining of all kinds. Many towns are surrounded by clusters of lakes, with family-friendly resorts and campgrounds along their shores. Music festivals, heritage experiences and theaters draw lots of applause.

ATVing in Thief River Falls

ATVing in Thief River Falls / Arctic Cat Inc

Off-Road Adventure

Spectacular Trails to Tackle

Motorized recreation opportunities abound in Northwest Minnesota. Riders of all skill levels can explore hundreds of miles of trails for ATVs and off-road motorcycles in state forests and other stellar spots.

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Buoy marking Angle Inlet, the Northernmost Point in the continental US

Angle Inlet, the Northernmost point in the continental US / Lake of the Woods Tourism

Northwest Angle

Northernmost Part of the Contiguous U.S.

Find out how to reach this iconic location, where you can fish, play a nine-hole golf course and mail postcards.

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Man peeks at a pair of jacks while playing poker at a casino

Peeking at a pair of Jacks while playing poker at the casino / © Studio Romantic -

Casinos and Gaming

Place Your Bets on Northwest Minnesota

Try your luck at these casinos on a weekend getaway. While you’re in the area, you can also checkout the ATV trails and a taproom or two.

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2 people biking on the Paul Bunyan Heartland bike trails near Walker

Fall biking on the Paul Bunyan Heartland bike trails near Walker


Paved Trails Await Cyclists in Walker

The ultimate bike trip starts in Walker, where two lovely and lengthy paved trails intersect.

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Shady Hollow Flea Market in Detroit Lakes

Shady Hollow Flea Market in Detroit Lakes / Dee George

Detroit Lakes

Summer on the Shore

Find a charming downtown, delicious dining, outdoor fun and great shopping.

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