You’d be hard-pressed to talk about incredible places to go in this state without mentioning the amazing Gunflint Trail. This 57-mile stretch of roadway and hiking paths has some of the most incredible scenery in the entire state and it attracts thousands of campers and hikers during the gorgeous summer months every year.
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Caves are just cool and this one is no exception. Inside, it is a constant 48 degrees, which makes it a great spot to cool down during the summer months, but it’s also accessible in the spring and fall. Above the cave sits a historic, fully restored village from the 1800s so there’s definitely a lot to take in here.
Voyageurs National Park
This national park is broken up and divided by a series of interconnected waterways that the early voyagers used as a means of transportation. Now you can canoe, hike, camp, and learn about the ways of said voyagers in what is often referred to as “the heart of the continent.”
Jay Cooke State Park
If you’re a fan of having your heart jump up into your throat, then check out the suspension bridge in one of the state’s most beautiful state parks. You can peer out across the rough waters of the St. Louis River or you can reenact some of your favorite scenes from Temple of Doom. Either way, this is definitely a place worth checking out.
Great River Bluffs State Park
The views from these bluffs are virtually second to none and you can stare out for miles taking in the breadth of the Mississippi River Valley. Scenic doesn’t even feel like the right word for the views offered here. You can also check out the expansive goat prairies and do some serious bird watching.