Ultimate Getaway Guide: 40 Quick Trips

Whether you're looking for an escape close to home or off the beaten path, you'll find it here.

Biking on the Root River Trail
Photo by Rolf Hagberg for the Minnesota DNR
The flat, paved Root River Trail winds through bluff country.

Not sure about you, but after our Minnesota winter we’re craving some Minnesota exploration. By road. By trail. By path. If we can traverse it we’re ready to hop on a bike seat or lace up the appropriate footwear. So we built this year’s getaway guide with that in mind. We’ve got remote Hikes in the North Woods. Spots for the family to take Bikes down perfect paths. Walks through historic towns and stunning gardens. Scenic Drives by rivers, lakes, and bluffs. Plus: mini-trips you can do in an afternoon. Happy trails.

Find more information about the trails, routes, and parks included in our guide by searching for them online at,, and We’ve also included specific websites when applicable.

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