20 Reasons We Love Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park
How do you get around a 218,000-acre national park that doesn't have any roads? The answer is the main reason people visit this park on the Canadian border: boats.
To explore Voyageurs' 30-some lakes (Rainy and Namekan are the biggest) and find the solitude this park is famous for, you need something that floats. Some folks spend a day on a guided walleye fishing trip and stay at a resort in one of the shore towns of International Falls (population 5,900) or tiny Ranier (population 200). Others motor around on houseboats, watching for moose by day and anchoring at a different island each night for sunset and a campfire.
Pictured: Rainy Lake's numerous bays and islands provide plenty of private berths for houseboats and campers.