Let’s face it, Minnesota is one of the most underrated vacation destinations in the U.S. In the winter, people think ice and snow, and in the summer, humidity and mosquitoes. Luckily, that couldn’t be further from the case. Minnesota is full of awesome family adventures throughout the state, and offers a wide variety of terrain and climate so you can find activities for everyone. This week, we’re going to take a look at 5 awesome destinations for you to check out in Minnesota this summer.
1. The Twin Cities
Of course. If you haven’t made a trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul in the summer, you’re missing out. The Twin Cities are full of awesome activities, from art fairs to baseball games to museums to the Mall of America. They really revamped the downtown area over the years, and it’s a great place to visit for the entire family. If you’re looking to stay away from city life but still want to be close, check out our new Ham Lake Resort, located just half an hour north of Minneapolis. You’ll get all the fun outdoorsy activities while being close enough to take a day trip or two into the Twin Cities. Don’t miss the Cities in the summer!
2. The St. Croix River
The St. Croix creates a border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is widely considered one of the best canoe rivers in the United States. This scenic waterway is also great for fishing, with 19 species including Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Lake Sturgeon and more. The area is filled with ATV trails, and is known for tubing (a Minnesota tradition!). Visit us at the St. Croix River Resort, where you’ll stay minutes away from all the fantastic activities the St. Croix has to offer.
3. Lake Mille Lacs
Located approximately 100 miles north of the Twin Cities, Lake Mille Lacs is a gorgeous summer vacation destination. Mille Lacs is the second-largest inland lake in Minnesota (which is saying a lot), and the surrounding area is filled with a fun small-town vibe. Grand Casino Mille Lacs offers nightlife for the adults, and there is plenty of fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, hiking, biking and golf to keep the entire family occupied. As a member, you can stay at the Soo Line Trail Campground, just minutes from the lake and right by the famous ATV trails. This is a cool area that is often overlooked by those coming from out-of-state, but it shouldn’t be!
4. Bluff Country
Looking to get away from it all? There’s no better place than Minnesota’s Bluff Country, tucked in the Southeast corner of the state. This historic area has 4 state parks, 3 state trails, 2 state waterways and one huge state forest. MOR’s Hidden Bluffs Resort, located in Spring Grove, is a perfect destination from which to explore Bluff Country. From Hidden Bluffs you can explore the Root River, the Niagara and Mystery Caves, Amish communities, and plenty of outdoor activities like fishing and tubing. This is not an over-crowded area, so come for the peace and tranquility the area offers.
5. The North Shore
We’d be remiss not to mention the North Shore of Lake Superior. This is Northwoods vacationing at its finest. The woods and waters around the area are perfect for fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, biking, camping and any other outdoor activity you can think of (some brave souls even surf Lake Superior!). The city of Duluth is a great spot to start your vacation from, then journey north along the lake and check out the gorgeous towns of Two Harbors, Grand Marais and Lutsen. You can also hike the Gunflint Trail, which winds inland from Grand Marais and provides access to the Boundary Waters, and hike to the top of Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota. There is a ton to do on the North Shore, but be aware that other people are aware of it as well. This area will be busier than the others on our list, but is well worth the trip.
If you’ve never been to Minnesota in the summer, you’re missing out. Give us a call toll-free at (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be more than happy to help plan your Minnesota summer vacation. Happy exploring!