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.
Knocking on the door of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Bear Head Lake State Park in Minnesota features 4,000 acres, a beautiful 675-acre lake with a beach and lots of fishing, easy to moderate hikes, towering pine trees dating back to the late 1800s, and rocky landscapes.
If you’re looking for a beautiful hike in lush forests with spectacular water views of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River from scenic bluffs, then head to Frontenac State Park. A perfect day trip from the Twin Cities or Rochester, Minn.
Visit Minnesota’s oldest and second-largest state park, Itasca State Park, where you can wade across the Mississippi River headwaters, hike and bike for miles, climb a 100-ft. fire tower and much more. Part of my Minnesota State Park Staycation Challenge series.
A local’s guide to the most scenic drive in Minnesota: Lake Superior’s North Shore. Perfect Minnesota vacation or staycation itinerary with recommended stops for those who love hiking, chasing waterfalls and driving along Lake Superior. Update: 04.28.23. Original post: 05.17.21
Learn some surprising history and fun facts about Lake Minnetonka, the largest lake in the Twin Cities metro area and the ninth largest in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. From sacred grounds to sunken boats to lakeside resorts and amusement parks.