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Explore Minnehaha Falls

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Named after a legendary Indian princess, Minnehaha Creek cascades over a cliff in these dramatic falls just minutes from the downtowns of both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Hike the Lake Superior Ice Caves

Bayfield, Wisconsin

Begin at Meyer's Beach in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Cornucopia, WI.

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Backpack Isle Royale NP's Greenstone Ridge Trail

Eagle Harbor Township, Michigan

Isle Royale National Park consists of Isle Royale, a fifty mile long and nine mile wide island in Lake Superior, and about 45 smaller islands around (and within) it.

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Explore Interstate State Park

Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Situated on top of a series of craggy bluffs, Interstate State Park is a small park that offers amazing views of the St. Croix River gorge.

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Camp at Whitewater State Park

Saint Charles, Minnesota

Whitewater State Park is at the cusp of bluff country, straddling the Whitewater River, a small tributary of the Mississippi. Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit.

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Hike the Afton State Park Trail

Hastings, Minnesota

This diverse, 2,702-acre park has trails for both day hikers and backpackers – some with scenic views of the St. Croix River, others which drop into quiet ravines.

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Hike to Big and Little Manitou Falls in Pattison State Park

Superior, Wisconsin

Pattison State Park is a Northwoods paradise. Home to Big and Little Manitou Falls, water is a main attraction here.

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Hike the Island at Amnicon Falls State Park

South Range, Wisconsin

Amnicon Falls State Park, as its name suggests, has a waterfall as its central feature.

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Run the Lake Harriet Loop

Minneapolis, Minnesota

This easily accessible loop takes you on a moderate walk around Lake Harriet, a popular recreational site for cyclers, walkers, runners, and families.

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Hike to King's Bluff in Great River Bluffs State Park

Winona, Minnesota

Great River Bluffs State Park follows a series of impressive bluffs along the Mississippi River just south of Winona.

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Hike to Shovel Point at Tettagouche State Park

Silver Bay, Minnesota

An easy hour along the North Shore Scenic Byway from Duluth, Tettagouche State Park is a rugged, 10,000 acre park on Lake Superior.

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Drive the Sage Creek Rim Road

Interior, South Dakota

A labyrinth of gullies, hoodoos, and ravines, Badlands National Park in western South Dakota is a welcome break from the unrelenting flatness of the surrounding prairie.

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Backcountry Camp at Glacial Lakes SP

Starbuck, Minnesota

Glacial Lakes State Park is located on the easternmost border of the once immense prairie that covered much of the Great Plains.

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Exploring the Minnesota Valley NWR

Bloomington, Minnesota

It is 3.5 miles long one-way from the visitors center (3815 American Blvd. East 55425) to Cedar Ave. Bridge.

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Run Along the Mississippi River Flats

Minneapolis, Minnesota

This loop takes you from the Franklin Bridge to the Washington Avenue Bridge, crossing through campus, in between.

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Hike Lookout Mountain Trail in Cascade River State Park

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Halfway between Schroeder and Grand Marais, Cascade is usually little more than a pit stop on a longer trip.

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Explore Yankee Boy Basin and the San Juan Mountains

Ridgway, Colorado

While its nickname "The Switzerland of America" may have been invented by some overzealous marketers, Ouray, Colorado and the surrounding San Juan Mountains is a destination you won't want to skip.

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Hike Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to Corundum Point

Two Harbors, Minnesota

On November 28, 1905, a violent storm hit Split Rock Point on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

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Snowshoe to Corundum Point at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Two Harbors, Minnesota

Although there are dozens of ways to do this trip and I encourage you to explore, I suggest one hike that I think does a good job of introducing this areas to new visitors.

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Hike the Crow-Hassan Regional Park Loop

Rogers, Minnesota

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve is the largest prairie based park in the Twin Cities metro area.

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Walk the Prairie Loop at Richardson Nature Center

Bloomington, Minnesota

Begin your hike behind the Visitor's Center and follow the path to the left towards the Prairie Loop Trail.

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Drive the Scenic Loop at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Medora, North Dakota

Imagine you have been driving for hours through North Dakota. The landscape is uncompromisingly flat and there isn't so much as a tree to obscure the horizon in any direction.

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Hike The Floe Lake Trail

East Kootenay G, Canada

Kootenay National Park is one of the lesser visited parks in a chain of spectacular parks in the Canadian Rockies between Banff and Jasper.

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Hike the Beaver Creek Valley Trail

Spring Grove, Minnesota

This beautiful, green hike takes you along Beaver Creek, as it winds through a lush gorge within the bluffs.

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Walk the Big Bog Boardwalk

Waskish, Minnesota

Big Bog, an uninspired name for the 500 sq. mile bog in north central Minnesota (the largest in the continental United States), is sometimes called Minnesota's last true wilderness.

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Hike Eagle Mountain

Grand Marais, Minnesota

This moderate hike takes you to the highest point in Minnesota, at all of 2,301 ft in elevation. The first part of the hike, which runs along Whale Lake, is a gentle upwards climb.

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Drive Superior National Forest's Fall Color Route

Finland, Minnesota

Every Autumn, Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota designates some of it's best roads as official Fall Color Routes.

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Hike the Lookout Point Loop at Wind Cave National Park

Custer, South Dakota

The Lookout Point Loop actually combines parts of three trails to bring you through some of Wind Cave's best prairieland.

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Hike to Miller and Eva Lakes in Mount Revelstoke NP

Columbia-Shuswap B, Canada

Mount Revelstoke, located in the Columbian Range on the border of Alberta and British Columbia, is the only summit in the Canadian Rockies you can reach by car.

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Camp on Madeline Island

La Pointe, Wisconsin

The largest of Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, Madeline Island is about the size of Manhattan, but extremely sparsely populated and a great place to explore a north woods ecosystem.

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Hike up Buck Hill, Theodore Roosevelt NP

Belfield, North Dakota

Buck Hill is a popular stop on Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Scenic Loop Road.

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Climb Mt. Charity at John A. Latsch State Park

Minnesota City, Minnesota

John A. Latsh State Park is directly off of Hwy. 61 a few miles north of Winona. Begin your hike at the parking lot, following the signs for the Riverview Trail.

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Drive the Eco-Tour Road in Grasslands National Park

Mankota, Canada

Grasslands National Park is Canada's only prairie national park and is the perfect place to dive into a true prairie wilderness.

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Hike the Dakota Valley Trail at Camden State Park

Lynd, Minnesota

The easy 2.4 mile hike follows the route of the Dakota Valley trail.

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Canoe the Sturgeon Lake Loop in Quetico Provincial Park

Rainy River, Unorganized, Canada

Quetico Provincial Park, just north of Minnesota in southern Ontario, is the Canadian portion of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). Truly a wilderness area, the 1.

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Camp at Trail's End Campground

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Trail's End Campground is located at the very end of the Gunflint Trail, a remote highway that cuts into the heart of the Minnesota Northwoods.

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Canoe to the Palisades on Seagull Lake in the BWCA

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Begin your trip at the Seagull Lake boat launch at Trail's End Campground.

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Explore Touch the Sky Prairie

Luverne, Minnesota

Touch the Sky Prairie is the only one of the Northern Tallgrass National Wildlife Refuge's eight units to have hiking and interpretive facilities, making it a great adventure for anyone interested in.

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Hike the Aspen Parklands Trail at Lake Bronson State Park

Lake Bronson, Minnesota

Built in the 1930's by the Works Progress Administration, Lake Bronson was originally designed to be a major tourist attraction for the region.

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