Camp Like a Chef
Pack your sleeping bag (and the dull knife you want to learn how to sharpen) for a weekend of woodland foraging, cooking lessons, a cocktail lagoon and global feasting under the stars. This is Chef Camp: Hot dogs and hobo pies need not apply.
Can curiosity and good questions heal our divides? Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast (with 53 million annual downloads) says yes.
Chasing the Northern Lights
A Minneapolis couple leans on wanderlust, persistence, poetry and science in their search to view the aurora borealis.
Minnesota’s quirky roadside attractions include a giant ball of twine, a 55-foot-tall Jolly Green Giant and several iterations of everyone’s favorite blue ox and lumberman. Hunting down these mythical figures and oddities is the perfect excuse to venture out on a mini road trip and grab some classic photo ops.
For the Love of Dogs
300 miles, 450 dogs and a rare breed of humans: 400 volunteers brave ice, snow and sleepless nights to host the longest mushing event in the lower 48.
These Minnesota accommodations—treehouse, tipi, train car, lighthouse and more—blend whimsy, comfort and kitsch for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Minnesota’s new natural history museum might impress Mother Nature herself. Check out its green roof, planetarium, bird-friendly windows, restored dioramas and hands-on exhibits.
Rich in scenery, agriculture and outdoor rec, this state college town about 80 miles southeast of the Twin Cities appeals to families, bicyclists and anyone seeking a laid-back weekend getaway.
Fall Getaway in Minneapolis
Take one of Minnesota's prettiest fall drives without ever leaving the metro.
Two-Day Getaway to Minneapolis
The state’s largest metro hums with pro sports, pristine parks and a megamall. The bigger of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis is known for its impressive art collection and its global take on food and activities.
St. Cloud, about 70 miles up the Mississippi River from the Twin Cities, hums with a youthful vibe as home to several colleges, rocking concerts at Lake George, Beaver Islands paddles, and back-to-nature granite quarries anchoring scenic parks. Check out some of our favorite things to do.
Come to cross the gentle headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi, and you’ll fall in love with the virgin pine forests, tranquil blue lakes and bike trails that make Itasca State Park and the Park Rapids area one of Minnesota’s favorite “Up North” destinations.
Try looking a little closer to home next time the travel bug bites. Here are 10 ways to satisfy a case of global wanderlust with art, food and cultural experiences found throughout the Twin Cities.
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area strikes a great balance between city-cool and eco-friendly, and between history and hip. Discover the Twin Cities through attractions like the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota History Center, Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Two-Day Getaway to Duluth
The gateway to the 154-mile-long North Shore Scenic Byway, Duluth stands out with its Canal Park neighborhood, miles of lakeside trails and quality dining.
Two-day getaway to Rochester
Home to the world renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester (population: 100,500) was providing top-notch TLC long before medical tourism became a trend. It also has hospitality down to a science, welcoming visitors with classy cuisine, chic shopping, sophisticated galleries and close to 5,000 hotel rooms.
Countdown to Super Bowl LII! Here are 10 ways to sample the best of the area's red-hot art scene, thriving local businesses and eccentric outdoor activities. Zip up that parka and see what it means to be a part of the “Bold North.”
A sleek hotel connected to Minnesota's Mall of America—and a handful of other park-and-play destinations in the region—make for easy getaways, no coats required.
4 Crafty Weekend Getaways
When winter drives you stir-crazy, hands-on crafting classes and cozy lodgings make for a refreshing and engaging weekend getaway.
State-61 provides almost the only link to engaging harbor towns, wide-spot-in-the-road villages and state parks along the shore of oceanlike Lake Superior, as well as to the rugged north-woods country beyond.
Experience the simple pleasures of fall with with outdoorsy activities in Stillwater, Minnesota (20 miles northeast of downtown Saint Paul).
Park the car and hop on the Green Line. The Twin Cities’ sleek new light-rail line offers an easy tour of the metro.
Two-Day Getaway to Saint Paul
The other “twin,” Saint Paul’s energetic neighborhoods give Minnesota's state capital a personality all its own.
As a quiet neighbor to Saint Paul, historic Stillwater lures Twin Cities locals and vacationers to the scenic banks of the St. Croix River. Boutiques, bell towers and wooded bluffs make a day trip fun, but the Venetian gondola may sway you to stay the night.
Though the Great River Road covers an incredible amount of ground—2,000 miles along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana—it's easy to enjoy piece by piece during leisurely weekend getaways.