This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You Minnesota Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
By Betsy Rathburn|Updated on February 08, 2023(Originally published February 03, 2023)
Betsy is a Minneapolis-based writer who's lived in Minnesota for 20 years. If you know of any amazing Minnesota restaurants, nature areas, or other attractions, feel free to let her know about them at email@example.com or on Twitter @betsyrathburn.
In addition to its famed 10,000 (it’s really more than 15,000) lakes, there are countless natural wonders in Minnesota. So much, in fact, that it would be just about impossible to see all of them. If you have limited time, how do you choose between a waterfall and a prairie, or a state forest and a remote lake? Simply put, you don’t. The best way to see some of the most beautiful places in Minnesota is by taking some time to do it right. That’s why we created this road trip route to help you experience as much of the North Star State’s natural beauty as possible.
This road trip covers some of Minnesota’s most beautiful natural wonders, but there are dozens of others worth seeing. Have you visited any of these places? Are there any that we missed that should be included on our itinerary?
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If you've ever wondered to yourself, "What are the natural wonders of Minnesota?", you may be surprised at how long the answer to your question may be. With thousands of lakes, vast forests and prairies, and fascinating geography and geological history, the better question may be where do I start? Well, we have some thoughts. Minnesota's state parks are a great place to begin, as they protect and highlight much of the best that the state has to offer. Then visit the state's national park units, which include a national park, two national monuments, and two riverways. Finally, simply head out and find some beautiful places or put together a bucket list.
There are many beautiful places in Minnesota. These include the tallgrass prairies of the state's western part, as well as the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley. There are too many to name, and beauty can be pretty subjective. But we have some thoughts that you may wish to add to your own bucket list of places to visit in the land of 10,000 Lakes.
When you're putting together a Minnesota bucket list of natural wonders or beautiful places, it's easy to just follow the crowds. But you should do a little research ahead of time and figure out the kind of places you like, or better yet, just get out there and explore. Here are a few bucket list suggestions to get you started: