Explore the best adventure travel destinations in Minnesota with adventure tour travel tips for the wild Boundary Waters wilderness, vast Lake Superior, stunning Voyageurs National Park, amazing Bluff Country, the Great River Road, and the Gunflint Trail.
In addition, we share travel guides to all of Minnesota's beautiful state parks....each is a unique adventure destination.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Almost everyone describes the BWCAW as "the trip of a lifetime." We agree, however you will want to return again and again to the beauty and solitude.Boundary Waters Planning Resources including detailed maps, guide books, and other resources are available online.
Great River Road:This amazing road trip begins at Itasca State Park just north of Park Rapids and extends all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The Minnesota portion of the trip will take you through some of the the best adventure travel destinations in our state. Plan stops in Cass Lake and Bemidji. Explore Schoolcraft State Park. Signs will direct you through a number of smaller towns including Brainerd and St. Cloud. Plan for some time to visit Lindbergh State Park.
As you cruise on toward the Iowa border, you will find yourself in "Bluff Country." Read more below.
Bluff Country: This is one of the seven distinct regions of Minnesota. Barn Bluff in Red Wing typifies the unusual landscapes you will see in this region. For wonderful views of the river from the bluffs, visit Frontenac State Park.
Lake City on the shores of Lake Pepin is a "must see" on the road south.Road Trip USA Great River Road
Voyageurs National Park: Just west of the Boundary Waters is this relatively undiscovered paradise...Minnesota's only National Park. The BWCAW restrictions on motorized watercraft are not in place here. Bring your motorized fishing boat, your pontoon, and motorized water toys. Rent a houseboat at Voyagaire Houseboats and Lodge.
Lake Superior North Shore: many of the best adventure travel destinations in Minnesota are along the North Shore. Lake Superior draws visitors to Minnesota from all over the world. Duluth is the starting point for most visits. The Lake Superior Circle Tour is a fantastic road trip. The Top 10 North Shore Attractions include some of our most beautiful state parks. A favorite activity is North Shore lighthouse tours.
Stop anywhere along the shore to hunt for agates.
Sea kayaking adventures on Lake Superior make the lake another of our best adventure travel destinations.Lake Superior: The Ultimate Guide to the Region
The Gunflint Trail: is one of the best adventure travel destinations for getting off the beaten path and into the wilderness. This 57 mile drive out of Grand Marais winds through the Superior National Forest. This is one of the best Minnesota wildlife drives...and maybe your best chance to see a moose. The Gunflint Lodge is an iconic getaway resort. Visit the Chick-Wauk Museum, indulge in some Gunflint Trail fishing and hiking, and explore some history of the area.The Gunflint Lodge has been run by the Kerfoot family since 1927.
Minnesota State Parks:The most famous of the 78 Minnesota State Parks and state recreation areas is Itasca State Park where you can visit the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Many of the best Minnesota campgrounds are found in our state parks and, as well, many RV Campgrounds.Our love of Minnesota's state parks led to our publishing an ebook: Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay
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