Laid-Back Family Lake Resorts
Families seeking a remember-when mood find it thick as jack pines along the Lake Country Scenic Byway, an 88-mile run linking Walker, Park Rapids, Itasca State Park and Detroit Lakes (200 miles northwest of the Twin Cities). Huge resorts like those at Brainerd haven't come here. And although you'll find espresso and wireless web, mom-and-pop shops are everywhere, and many calendars seem to have never flipped past 1960.
Pictured: A quiet sunset on Lake Five, southeast of Detroit Lakes.