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Soaring through the air on a Minnesota zip line is the ultimate blend of adrenaline, adventure and excitement. Experience the thrill of the zip as you glide among tree tops and take in aerial views from the safety of your harness!
The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is a 51-mile urban loop within Minneapolis that showcases a chain of lakes, the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Creek, tree-lined neighborhoods, and downtown sites and sights.
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.
We want everyone (especially those with a smartphone) to venture outside their comfort zones and discover new places, trails and Minnesota charms. But that doesn’t mean we can’t steer you in the right direction, to places we already know will photograph well and get you lots of “double taps” on Instagram.
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.
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.
Whether you're biking the paved lakefront trails in the bustling port city of Duluth, mountain biking in an abandoned iron mine or bikepacking the Superior National Forest, bicycling in northeast Minnesota is an experience unlike any other: a rare hodge-podge of beauty and grit, mines and mountains. Across the region, these five unique bicycling experiences are waiting for you.
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”).
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