If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we could all use more time outdoors. A new year brings much to look forward to, with resolutions and promises for the next 12 months. But in all of the busyness before us, it’s easy to feel stressed. It’s important to step back, take a few peaceful moments, and reflect before diving into all that lies ahead. Luckily, Minnesota has just what you need to find some peace before the next 12 months of activity truly begin. Namely, the Land of 10,000 Lakes has many nature destinations that you can reach through a perfectly peaceful hike that will help you clear your head. Here are seven of the best hikes in Minnesota:

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What are your picks for the best hikes in Minnesota? Let us know in the comments below! And for more to put on your Minnesota bucket list, check out our list of 12 Minnesota restaurants to dine at, one for each month of the year!

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What are the some other calm and serene places in Minnesota?

An activity that always grounds us and fills our souls with peace is wildlife watching. And in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, one of the best places for viewing wildlife in the wild is Minneopa State Park. Over 200 species have been recognized at Minneopa State Park, a hidden gem in Mankato, Minnesota. A beloved place for birders -- flycatchers, wrens, vireos, warblers, kinglets, and many species of sparrow and finch can all be spotted here -- Minnesota's third oldest state park is home to a newly re-established American Bison herd. The bison are free to roam an area of 331 acres (the entire park covers 4,643 acres), so spotting them can be tricky. Keep a watchful eye as you drive through the range and take advantage of the Seppmann Mill Overlook, a popular place for spotting these elusive beasts.

What are some scenic hikes in Minnesota?

There are many incredible trails in every region of Minnesota. They lead you to marvelous lakes and waterfalls, through thick woods full of verdant greenery or fall foliage, and alongside rugged cliffs with epic coastal vistas. In short, the scenery in Minnesota is sublime, and hiking is the best way to enjoy it! Some of our favorite hikes in Minnesota are off-the-beaten-path trails like Hidden Falls at Nerstrand/Big Woods State Park; the Cannon Valley Trail in Southeastern Minnesota; the North Country Trail, which boasts jaw-dropping views of Lake Superior, the Border Route Trail, a winding path through the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area; and the Hyland Lake Trail, located in the eponymous Hyland Lake Park Reserve.

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