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What's on your Minnesota bucket list? These bucket list ideas will take you to the top Minnesota tourist attractions. Your life bucket list should include at least a few of these unique Minnesota destinations. 

Bucket List Ideas in Minnesota
  •  Camp in a Minnesota state park
  • Paddle a canoe in the Boundary Waters
  • Houseboat in Voyageurs National Park
  • Kayak Lake Superior
  • Sleep in a Lighthouse
  • Walk across the Mississippi River
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Anyone's Minnesota bucket list ideas would have to include a trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. 

National Geographic Traveler says that the Boundary Waters is "one of the world's 50 best places of a lifetime to visit." It is also one of the most beautiful

With more than one million acres and 1,200 lakes reserved for you to explore, this is indeed one of the best destinations for kayaking and canoeing...and just connecting with nature.

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Voyageurs National Park is similar in some ways to the Boundary Waters.

A significant difference is that traversing the waters here is not limited to canoe or kayak. Motorized boats, including houseboats, are permitted. 

You will find serenity here; it is one of the least visited National Parks. Take the opportunity to visit while it is still relatively undiscovered.

Houseboats: a houseboat vacation can be a memorable adventure. There are four houseboat rental companies and any one of them can provide you with all you need for a houseboat vacation. Just one of these is Voyagaire Houseboats and Lodge.

Mainland Camping: The two state forest campgrounds would be your best choice. RV camp sites are available. Beautiful Woodenfrog Campground, situated on Lake Kabetogama, offers a swimming beach, picnic grounds and a nature trail.

Cook, Minnesota is the gateway to many of the areas best resorts.

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Sea Kayaking Trips on our "inland sea".....Lake Superior....can be the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy this, and other trips, in your own adventure kayak.

You might do a short trip between destinations along the shore or go all out with a kayaking Lake Superior Circle Tour.

Another "sea" kayaking trip might be an extensive exploration of the Boundary Waters. You could plan a route of any length on this page about  Boundary Waters maps.

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Walk Across the Mississippi River - This mighty river flows out of Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park.

As children we went to the park often to enjoy its beauty. It was always a "big deal" to walk across the river on the slippery rocks. Sure, we fell in a few times...the water is not deep here so there is no danger.

We have many photos of our children and grandchildren enjoying the same experience. For the "less adventurous" the walking plank is an alternative way to cross the river at its source. Itasca is the starting point for your Great River Road Trip.

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Add this Two Harbors bed & breakfast inn to your bucket list ideas. 

This B&B is a working lighthouse and you may have a chance to help the lighthouse keeper during your stay.

Be sure to take a drive along the North Shore and do the entire North Shore Lighthouse Tour.

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Minnesota Winter Bucket List Ideas

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Lake Superior Ice Caves: In recent years, the cold winter weather has caused the ice on Lake Superior to freeze to depths that make it safe for exploring the shoreline.

Thousands have ventured out to explore the ice caves and ice formations in this magical winter wonderland.

You can find ice caves all along the shore of the great lake....talk to the locals to get ideas.  The ice caves near Bayfield, Wis. draw the most visitors and paid tours are now offered for explorers. The ice caves are on our 10 best winter vacations spots list.

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Minnesota Winter Festivals: The most well-known of these festivals is the St. Paul Winter Carnival. People come from around the world to participate and enjoy the season.

The Bentleyville Tour of Lights: Three million lights illuminate Bayfront Festival Park on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth.

Christmas Festival of Lights events in many towns from late November until the end of December.

Ice Fishing Trips:  Brainerd celebrates winter with an annual ice fishing contest - "The world's largest live-release ice fishing contest."  More about the Brainerd Ice Fishing Extravaganza 

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