Minneapolis July 20, 2017
Here Are 7 Unique Day Trips Near Minneapolis That Are An Absolute Must-Do
We understand that the hustle and bustle of the Minneapolis lifestyle can be a little bit overwhelming sometimes. The feeling of the need to get away is a familiar one, but we also understand you might not be able to take a long vacation. We are lucky that Minneapolis is a central point in Minnesota, where you can take a trip for a day and still come home at night, feeling rejuvenated. Here are seven places you can take a day trip to from Minneapolis:
1. Afton State Park (31 miles from Minneapolis)
If your ideal day away from the city includes being one for nature, Afton State Park is the place for you to be. The park was established in 1969 to preserve bluffland and the terrain former glaciers had created. It is the perfect space to hike, bird watch, and picnic. It's only a bit away from Minneapolis, but you'll feel like you're nowhere near. In the winter, consider skiing and snowboarding at the nearby Afton Alps.
2. Glensheen Historic Estate (157 miles from Minneapolis)
If you decide to take a day trip to Duluth, definitely make time for the Glensheen Mansion, an historic estate that sits on almost eight acres of Lake Superior side property. The late Victorian architecture of the mansion is straight out of a fairy tale. Of course, the mansion's history is not without tragedy - in the summer of 1977, two murders occurred on the estate's grounds. Some say it is now haunted. Glensheen Historic Estate, 3300 London Rd Duluth MN, 55804.
3. Lindstrom, Minnesota (41 miles from Minneapolis)
The town of Lindstrom is known as "Minnesota's Little Sweden." What's not to love about that? Their water tower is designed like a teapot, which is merely an introduction to the adorable little Nordic town. There are some delightful little bakeries, bistros, and inns within the town. If you're looking to spend some time in the water, Lindstrom has a public beach.
4. Northfield, Minnesota (43.5 miles from Minneapolis)
Northfield is a gorgeous town south of Minneapolis. Both St. Olaf and Carleton colleges are located in Northfield and are known to be some of the prettiest university campuses in the state. Northfield is much more than its looks. Its historical claim to fame: Jesse James and his gang tried to rob the town in 1786, but failed to do so. If this intrigues you, then there's a whole museum dedicated to the affair. It's a must-see.
5. Osceola, Wisconsin (47 miles from Minneapolis)
Normally we wouldn't feature anything in Wisconsin since Minnesota and Wisconsin are sworn enemies, but we can't deny you the rustic charm found in Osceola. It's home to a variety of cutesy shops, a stunning waterfall, and a passenger train tour you can take through the Wisconsin foliage each autumn. The town has a population of less than 3,000 people, so you will definitely understand the small-town feel on your visit.
6. Stillwater, Minnesota (26 miles from Minneapolis)
Along the St. Croix River, Stillwater already gets quite a bit of attention, and it deserves every little bit of it. The views of the river are incredible, the antique shopping in the town is to die for, and Stillwater knows how to do dining and do it well. Whether you're interested in historic sightseeing, or wineries and breweries, Stillwater has something for everyone.
7. Taylor's Falls, Minnesota (51 miles from Minneapolis)
If you are the outdoorsy type, you absolutely must visit Taylor's Falls. The small town is home to a variety of hiking trails, as well as wonderful views which you can explore on the water by renting a kayak, or taking an actual boat tour. Their history museum will teach you everything you need to know about the town. It's the perfect day trip getaway.
Weekends are meant for day trips and for relaxation. We are confident these seven places are perfect for your day trip needs, but we would love to know your favorite destinations. Let us know in the comments below!
To see more of the beauty of this state, read
10 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight In Minnesota – No Hiking Required.