The charming community of Park Rapids, Minnesota is perhaps best known as the gateway town for Itasca State Park, the oldest and second-largest in the state, as well as home to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. But a stroll down this historic Minnesota main street will convince you that Park Rapids is a destination unto itself – one that transports you back to a time when things seemed simpler and, maybe, more wholesome. Come see for yourself!

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So, you can see why a visit to Park Rapids, Minnesota may seem like traveling back in time. If you happen to be in the area during the summer, be sure to explore nearby Dorset, which claims to be the Restaurant Capital of the World (and it just may be – at least on a per capita basis).

Have you visited Park Rapids and strolled along its historic main street? What other small towns in Minnesota feel like they’re from another time? Let us know in the comments!

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