From green forests and sandy lake shores to gorgeous river-bluff overlooks, Minnesota is jam packed with out-of-this world scenery. Ready for your Minnesota nature get-away? No Instagram filter needed because these wonders will enchant you with their natural beauty!
Here are five beautiful Minnesota locations that await you:
Voyageurs National Park - International Falls
Voyageurs is a beautiful water-based national park located at the tip of the Minnesota and Canadian border. Made up of four large lakes and 26 smaller lakes covering 218,054 acres, it offers enough space for hiking, swimming, kayaking, or just sitting and becoming one with nature.
This park is also a prime spot to view the cosmic display of the northern lights.
Great River Bluffs State Park - Winona
Some might think the Midwest is completely flat, but they’re wrong. Dramatic bluffs rise over many Minnesota rivers, providing rigorous but fun hiking trails and breathtaking overlooks. Great River Bluffs State Park is the perfect nature get-away with bluffs towering 500 feet above the scenic views of the Mississippi River and Winona. You may even spot a few eagles!
Minnehaha Falls - Minneapolis
Nestled in the City of Lakes, this awe-inspiring 53-ft waterfall is surrounded by limestone bluffs, luscious greenery, and many paths and spots to explore. And who can resist a treat from the nearby café? For an extra adventure, bring your bicycle or rent a green Nice Ride bike (available April - November), and follow the Minnehaha Creek path west, as it snakes through South Minneapolis toward the Chain of Lakes.
Root River State Trail - Lanesboro
Be one with nature and explore Minnesota on two wheels on the Root River State Trail. Spot turkeys, pass a small dam, and pass through a rock wall as you travel this 42-mile wonderland of an adventure.
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway - Pequot Lakes
This central Minnesota destination has something for every type of outdoor activity: biking, bird watching, fishing, and hiking. It’s also an important area for Minnesota lore. As the story goes, the byway is named for the legendary lumberjack whose footprints created the area’s many lakes. We’ll ask Babe if that’s true or not.