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Exploring Safely in Minnesota

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Follow the Mississippi River's 600-plus-mile journey across Minnesota on the Great River Road

Your Guide to In-State Adventures

Minnesota is full of new discoveries just waiting to be made, so hit the open road and go exploring close to home.

Cruise scenic byways to uncover hidden gems. Go hiking or biking to reconnect with nature and find fresh new views. Go fishing to catch the big one, or go golfing to up your game. Along the way, seek out handcrafted beverages and delicious bites on patios and in open-air places. There are so many responsible ways to savor the North Star State. Before you go, visit the Coronavirus information page – or if you’re not ready to venture out yet, check out our digital jigsaw puzzles or virtual experiences.

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Things to Do by Region

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
    Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

    "Spoonbridge and Cherry" by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

    Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

    In the Twin Cities, bike, run or hike along scenic trails with views of cityscapes, lakes and the Mighty Mississippi. Wander a sculpture garden or take a self-guided tour of murals. Do outdoor dining at a restaurant or find a world of flavor with food truck fare. Shop a local bookstore or cool off with a fun flavor of ice cream. Nearby small towns hold even more treasures. 

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  2. Central
    Three golfers at Izatys with Lake Mille Lacs in background

    Lake Mille Lacs stretches as far as the eye can see from Izatys Resort golf course / Willis Woyke

    Central

    Expand your horizons on a lake you’ve never been to or a trail you’ve never explored. Options for fishing, boating, paddling and water sports are endless, and there are great options for golf and mountain biking. Follow the Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway to drive around the state’s second-largest inland lake.

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  3. Northwest
    ATV rider on a dirt trail

    Get rowdy on the ATV trails in Thief River Falls / Textron Arctic Cat

    Northwest

    With an impressive cache of state parks, small towns and lumberjack lore, Minnesota’s northwest is a great escape. Get off the beaten path to ride ATVs, go hunting, bike the Paul Bunyan Trail or explore roadside attractions. Go fishing or paddling on the river less traveled: the serene and scenic Red River. Don't miss Itasca State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi.

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  4. Northeast
    Kayakers Lake Superior North Shore

    Kayakers on Lake Superior along the North Shore

    Northeast

    Dramatic woods and spectacular waters are a big lure, and so is the culture-rich city of Duluth. Stroll the Duluth Lakewalk along the “great sea” of Lake Superior, then cruise Skyline Drive for panoramic lake views. Discover the wild beauty of the Superior Hiking Trail, Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and try to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

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  5. Southern
    Family viewing bison herd at Blue Mounds State Park

    Observe roaming bison herds at Minneopa and Blue Mounds State Parks / Roy Son

    Southern

    Enjoy lush landscapes and river views along the Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway, or find outdoor adventures along I-90. Find cultural gems in Rochester and natural treasures at Blue Mounds State Park (home to one of the world’s last herds of purebred bison!) and Pipestone National Monument. Plus, find cheese farms, bike trails and the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum.

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