Is Minnesota really the land of 10,000 lakes, as so often advertised? You betcha. Actually, in typically modest style, the state has undermarketed itself – there are 11,842 lakes. Which is great news for travelers. Intrepid outdoorsfolk can wet their paddles in the Boundary Waters, where nighttime brings a blanket of stars and lullaby of wolf howls. Those wanting to get further off the beaten path can journey to Voyageurs National Park, where there’s more water than roadway. The scenic southeast flaunts eagles and historic B&Bs along the Mississippi River. If that all seems a bit too far-flung, stick to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, where you can’t swing a moose without hitting something cool or cultural. And for those looking for middle ground – ie a cross between the big city and the woods – the dramatic, freighter-filled port of Duluth beckons.
Last updated: Mar 2, 2009
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