The Ultimate Minnesota Hidden Gem Road Trip Will Take You To 8 Incredible Little-Known Spots In The State

After you’ve lived in a place for long enough, it’s easy to believe you’ve seen all that there is to see there. But we’re here to tell you that, no matter how long you’ve lived in Minnesota, there is still more to discover! That’s why we made a hidden gem road trip. Follow this route to some of the state’s most incredible little-known spots, and you’ll find yourself on a brand-new Minnesota adventure. Read on below to find the route and read more about each place along it. It’s one of the best Minnesota road trips you’ll ever go on.

We hope you enjoyed this hidden gem road trip through Minnesota. Feel free to let us know about your other favorite hidden places in Minnesota in the comments!

And if you’re interested in more fun trips, check out our list of 10 amazing Minnesota road trips.

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May 27, 2022

What are the most unique places to spend the night in Minnesota?

When you’re taking a Minnesota road trip, you don’t want to spend the night in a boring old motel. Shake things up a bit and stay inside the oldest operating lighthouse in Minnesota! Does that sound too good to be true? Well, you can do just that when you book a room at Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast in Two Harbors. Or if you prefer to rest inside an antique train car, head over to Northern Rail Traincar Inn. This hidden gem is also located in the town of Two Harbors, so you have lots of options in this lovely town. If you need more ideas, check out our full list of the most unique places to stay in Minnesota.

What are the best outdoor activities in Minnesota?’

There are so many fun things to do outside in Minnesota. For an adventurous outing, visit Black Beach in Silver Bay. The black sand and red rocks will drop your jaw. Want to play a game of disc golf? Visit Acorn Park in Roseville. If it’s a tranquil stroll you’re looking for, visit Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud. This destination really shines during spring, and best of all – admission is free! Take a look at our list of the best free outdoor activities in Minnesota for more great ideas. 

What are the most beautiful small towns in Minnesota?

One of our favorite road trips in Minnesota is through our stunning small towns. Red Wing, nestled along the Mississippi River, is home to some delightful shops and restaurants. Grand Marais has one of the best art communities in the state and it was named one of America’s coolest small towns! We also love meandering through Pipestone. This beautiful place is home to the world’s largest peace pipe and the rock formations are absolutely amazing.