20 Reasons We Love Minnesota
Lanesboro's Root River charm
Three words best describe this Root River Valley town of 750: outdoors, agriculture and arts.
Mostly, visitors come for the trail system (left). Lanesboro (120 miles southeast of the Twin Cities) stands at the heart of the area's paved multi-use trails, including the 42-mile Root River Valley Trail and the 18-mile Harmony-Preston Trail. Many travelers bring their own bikes, but you also can rent them at the Little River General Store. (800) 994-2943; lrgeneralstore.net
Be sure to get a trail map before heading out. (800) 944-2670; rootrivertrail.org
Art galleries, a seasonal farmers market and a professional theater round out a weekend trip here.