Minneapolis October 13, 2017
The 10 Very Best Day Trips You Can Take From Minneapolis
Most people who live in Minneapolis love living here because of the convenience and excitement of city living. Minneapolis is so diverse and vibrant in its food, its people, and its culture: we couldn’t ask for a better city to reside. Of course, every once and awhile, it’s nice to get away for a day. If you live in Minneapolis, you’ll love these 10 very best day trips from the city.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Anoka, MN
The official Halloween Capital of the World is situated along the Rum River northwest of Minneapolis. Anoka's Main Street is a must visit: it's the perfect spot to go antiquing in the Twin Cities, and just blocks off Main is the historic Hans' Bakery.
2. Alexandria, MN
Alexandria is a beautiful town in northern Minnesota and is immensely popular in the summer because of its many great lakes. If water sports or fishing aren't your thing, the legendary Carlos Creek Winery is the perfect place to tour and have a glass of wine or three.
3. Stillwater, MN
Stillwater is on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, with only the St. Croix River separating the two. This eclectic town is known for its fall festival, its small shops, and absolutely killer upscale restaurants. The whole town is absolutely stunning.
4. Red Wing, MN
National Geographic Traveler Magazine has proclaimed Red Wing as one of the most historic towns in the country. The town has a significant indigenous history, and there are a few museums to feature pottery and the well-known Red Wing Shoe. Since it's situated along the Mississippi River, there are plenty of scenic views. Why wouldn't you want to take a day trip there?
5. New Ulm, MN
Whether you want to get in touch with your own German heritage, or tour the popular Schell's brewery, a day trip to New Ulm is sure to satisfy you. The town has various monuments dedicated to German history, and the small businesses in the town are entirely charming.
6. Taylors Falls
Taylors Falls is a dream destination for those who love the outdoors. The town is perfect for hiking and exploring. Everything is entirely picturesque during any season of the year.
7. Osceola, WI
We'll throw an honorable mention out to the inferior state to our east by appreciating Osceola, Wisconsin. It's waterfall is legendary, the small town charm is intoxicating, and the train rides to see fall foliage annually are downright magical. Maybe Wisconsin isn't so bad, after all.
8. Lindstrom, MN
A day trip to Lindstrom is one well worth it. America's Little Sweden is one of the most charming towns near Minneapolis, and possibly within the entire state of Minnesota. Its dedication to Swedish culture, its beautiful lakes and farms, and its people are amazing.
9. Northfield, MN
Northfield is your typical college town, with St. Olaf and Carleton College sharing campuses in the town, and it has some of the most beautiful historic buildings. Jesse James and his gang tried to rob the town's bank in the 1800s, so Northfield has a bit of edge as well.
10. Freeport, MN
Freeport is the quintessential small town Minnesota. With a population of a mere 650 people, it's one of those places where everyone knows everyone. The town's beloved Charlie's Cafe is a staple, and the Hemker Park and Zoo attracts Minneapolitans who are passionate about saving endangered species of animals.
These are some of the best day trips you can take from Minneapolis and we know you’ll love these towns. What’s your favorite small town near Minneapolis to take a day trip? Let us know in the comments below.
Curious to hear more about Carlos Creek Winery? Read
The Day Trip Of A Lifetime You Can Only Take From Minneapolis-Saint Paul.