Minnesota’s great northwest, where the prairie meets the north woods, naturally offers plenty to explore. This land is home to Minnesota’s largest lakes and the headwaters of the great Mississippi River. Among the forests and the lakes, there are lots of things to enjoy: fishing and boating; biking miles of scenic paved trails; hiking in state parks; golfing beautiful courses; and bird-watching in a variety of habitats. If you’re looking for more adventure, check out the forested ATV trails. Fishing enthusiasts will find many options, including charter trips, casual lake fishing, and casting a line into a river from a canoe.
Attractive towns offer specialty shops, art galleries and dining of all kinds. Several towns are surrounded by clusters of lakes, with family-friendly resorts and campgrounds along their shores. Major music festivals, impressive theater performances, heritage festivals and cultural experiences draw lots of applause. And there’s no hibernating in winter; visitors can go snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing and more.