Uniquely Minnesota®

Distinctive People, Places and Activities of Minnesota

Weekend Away: Minnesota's Central Lakes

Weekend Away: Minnesota's Central Lakes

In the late 1800s, Minnesota had its own gold rush that drew miners to northern lakes in search of riches. Today, take a guided tour to abandoned mines and learn about early gold mining history on Rainy Lake in Voyageurs National Park.

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park in MN is a top destination for boating, fishing, and wildlife spotting. A Minnesota gem, the park allows visitors to explore voyageur history and the site of a MN gold rush. Tour by motorboat, houseboat, kayak or canoe.

MN North Shore Lodging

10 Great Stays on the MN North Shore

The North Shore is dotted with cozy lodges, bed and breakfasts, unique inns and cabin rentals. Look for seaside rentals in the summer, or a lodge by the roaring fire in the winter. As you travel Highway 61, consider more than one of these 10 great stays on your next road trip getaway.

Upper Sioux Agency State Park: Tipi Camping

Upper Sioux Agency State Park: Tipi Camping

Native American tribes called Minnesota's prairie home for hundreds of years. Today that prairie is preserved at one of the state's must unique and beautiful state parks, where visitors can spend the night in a real tipi and hike trails crossing prairie, forest and river wetlands.

North Shore, MN Road Trip on Hwy 61

North Shore Road Trip on Hwy 61: Weekend Away

Acclaimed restaurants, unique galleries, hidden beaches and some of the state's most popular parks line the North Shore's Highway 61. On the North Shore, you don't need to just stay in one spot, travel and explore the sights along Highway 61.

Duluth, MN North Shore Getaway

Duluth, MN North Shore Getaway: Weekend Away

Just a few hours away on the edge of the North Shore, Duluth, MN offers a weekend getaway for just about any desire. Hiking or sail by day, shop and dine in the evening or take a fishing excursion. Duluth has near endless opportunities to fill a weekend away.

Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN: Weekend Away

A quaint artist town with dining, galleries and outdoor adventure year round, Grand Marais, MN is known for its cool lake breezes, fishing, skiing and snowshoeing on the Gunflint Trail, and access to the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). Stay for a weekend – or longer.


Minnesota: You know it as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. You've been "Up North." And you've walked the famed sculpture garden. But you haven't yet seen it all!

Uniquely Minnesota® tells the stories of the people, places and activities that make Minnesota distinct. From the North Shore to Minnesota's lakes, from resorts to getaways, and from shopping to dining.

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