Looking for a true wilderness experience in Minnesota? Then head to the North Shore to George Crosby Manitou State Park. This remote state park offers scenic waterfall trails, secluded campsites, and trout fishing.
One of the prettiest and quietest places to hike in Minnesota, Lake Louise State Park offers trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Lake Louise is also perfect for paddling, canoeing, and kayaking.
At only 118 acres, Franz Jevne State Park is the smallest state park in Minnesota. This state park is also one of the most scenic in Minnesota as it sits on the banks of Rainy River and across from Ontario, Canada. Perfect for solitude, hiking, fishing, camping, and more.
Forestville / Mystery Cave State Park is one of the best Minnesota state parks because of its diversity; beautiful wooded trails, limestone bluffs, a pre-Civil War cemetery, historic village, trout streams, underground cave tours, and more.
Guide to the top things to do in Galena, Illinois – one of the top trending destinations in the United States. This charming Midwestern town features historic 19th century homes and buildings, cool tours, boutique shopping, and more.
Take the narrated Galena Trolley Tours for the best historical overview of this former lead-mining town in Illinois. This one-hour sightseeing trolley ride navigates through the rolling hills of Galena, the historic district, and features several historic buildings including President U.S. Grant’s home, the oldest and largest homes in Galena, and much more.
Guide to the most haunted places in historic Galena, Illinois – and the best ghost tour in this former lead-mining town. A storytelling guide leads you through the streets of Galena by candlelight as you learn about the town’s scary legends and eerie paranormal activity.
Flandrau State Park, set in the charming German community of New Ulm, MN, offers scenic overlooks and trails through the woods and grasslands and along a goat prairie and the Cottonwood River. Additionally, Flandrau State Park offers a sandy-bottom swimming pond.
One of the closest state parks to the Twin Cities, William O’Brien State Park in Marine of St. Croix is a perfect day trip from Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. Hike under 100-year-old pine trees, next to the St. Croix River and wetlands, through prairies, oak savanna, and hardwood forests. Other highlights include a huge beaver lodge and a small lake with a sandy beach and fishing pier.