Lakeland Fun in North-Central Minnesota
Retro chic at Detroit Lakes
Tucked among north-central Minnesota's trees and lakes, you'll find generations-old resorts built around screen-door cabins and a refusal to gentrify. Downtown Detroit Lakes (population: 8,100) features a mile-long beach near streets of everyday shops, not just gift stores. Throw in simple pleasures such as waterskiing lessons, a huge flea market and a county fair, and you don't get much more Parent Trap (Hayley Mills version) than this -- and that's why people love it.
Pictured: Guests practice paddling at Detroit Lakes' Fair Hills Resort.