Most People Don’t Know These 10 Hidden Gems In Minnesota Even Exist
If you want to get to know the real Minnesota — the serene, historic, and unique Minnesota that not everybody sees — then you’ve come to the right place. While the Land of 10,000 Lakes boasts, well, lots of popular lakes and outdoor recreation, there is so much more to this gorgeous state. Here are a few of our favorite hidden gems in Minnesota that you won’t find on “Top 10” listicals.
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These off-the-beaten-path Minnesota state parks are sure to offer some much-needed peace and quiet. Looking for more hidden gems in Minnesota? We’ve got 11 of the state’s best-kept secrets here!
Address: 11411 Clementa Ave NW, Monticello, MN 55362, USA
Address: 21899 Co Rd 118, Preston, MN 55965, USA
Address: 4051 MN-61, Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA
Address: Harmony, MN 55939, USA
Address: 7616 Co Hwy 7, Finland, MN 55603, USA
Address: 33489 240th Ave NW, Argyle, MN 56713, USA
Address: MN-11, Birchdale, MN 56629, USA
Address: Split Rock River, Minnesota, USA
Address: 50200 860th St, Lakefield, MN 56150, USA
Address: Finland State Forest, Crystal Bay Township, MN 55603, USA
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Hidden Gems in Minnesota
January 19, 2021
What are some other unique places to visit in Minnesota?
Looking for a unique day trip to get away from it all? Located in the Superior National Forest of northern Minnesota, you can’t get much more isolated than the Trestle Inn. The Trestle Inn has an interesting history — it was constructed in the 1980s from an abandoned 1920s railroad trestle made of Douglas fir. During the winter, the Trestle Inn a popular destination for adventurous snowmobilers. But the restaurant and bar is accessible by car, too. This off-the-beaten path place is peak Minnesota – rugged, beautiful, and totally unique. No matter how you get there, it’ll be worth it.
Does Minnesota have any hidden waterfalls?
This is a fun one — and it even has “hidden” in its name! Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul is a favorite urban oasis. It’s located right on the Mississippi River and features a gently trickling waterfall under a canopy of trees. The park contains many trails for hikers and cyclists – a total of 6.7 miles of paved trails, plus several secluded picnic areas. Hidden Falls is a hidden gem that’s makes for a wonderful little escape.
What are the “must-visit” hidden gems in Minnesota?
If you’re going to pick just one Minnesota hidden gem to visit, make it the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. This breathtaking little park houses more than 500 plant species and 130 bird species. In warmer months, the garden’s many flower varieties attract all sorts of insects, including many butterfly species. And as the leaves change in the fall, the park only gets more beautiful. You can visit any time from spring through fall, but you might want to check it out every season. There’s always something new to see at this hidden gem.
Minnesota staff writer for Only in Your State and owner of Minnesota blog NorthGuide.co, I'm a Minneapolis transplant who loves my cats, camera, and local coffee. On the weekends I'm usually exploring the North Shore or making my way through the list of Minnesota's State Parks. Want to talk about MN or ask me a question? Tweet me @sotafiedjo!
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