The Great Minnesota Bucket List: Entertaining Excursions

Leave the household chores for another weekend, and amuse yourself with road trips.

Go Down South

Here in Minnesota, we toss around “Up North” as though it’s a real place, yet for some reason, the term “Down South” has never caught on. Our bucolic slice of bluff country has a sweet rural gentility and a pleasingly slow pace. Since 1868, when Lanesboro was founded as a summer resort, the town’s fortunes have risen, fallen, and risen, with the result that it’s now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state.

Activities might include a mostly easy bike ride or cross-country skiing on the Root River State Trail or trout fishing or kayaking on the Root River. Other highlights include treasure hunting at the Cornucopia Art Center and a performance at Commonweal Theatre.


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