Itasca is Minnesota's oldest state park, dating back to 1891. Most people come to walk the Mississippi headwaters and learn more about them in the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. The 32,000-acre grounds are home to more than 100 lakes, massive pine trees within the scenic confines of Preacher's Grove, and miles of trails to accommodate hikers and bikers.
For a dose of local history, check out the Itasca Indian Cemetery and Wegmann's Cabin. The Wilderness Drive includes a 2,000-acre wilderness sanctuary, one of Minnesota's seven National Natural Landmarks. Visitors flock here for the fishing, bird-watching, geocaching and camping under the stars; those who aren't as excited about the idea of roughing it have the option to rent rooms, suites or cabins at nightly rates starting from $75.