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Minnesota Scenic Drives: North Shore Scenic Drive

Really, what could be better than a trip along Lake Superior -- the world's largest freshwater lake? Pack up the car, and head onto Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. Learn more about this scenic route.

12 Epic Adventures Every Minnesotan Must Take Before They Die

These incredible adventures are perfect for anyone who wants to explore Minnesota's most important offering to the world: its natural beauty.

25 Unforgettable Lake Michigan Beaches - The Amazing Beautiful Earth

I have lived in West Michigan all of my life. Over the years we have visited many of the wonderful beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It is the perfect way to spend a summer day in the state. If it is a hot enough day people from every direction will flock to the beaches. […]

The Tunnel Trail In Minnesota That Will Take You On An Unforgettable Adventure

This trail winds its way up one of the tallest hills in Duluth.

Minnesota North Shore Road Trip

You guys rock at giving recommendations. Because of you, Minnesota’s North Shore is my new favorite place in the state....

Torch Lake is Michigan's own slice of the Caribbean

Sure, the water's cold, but the colors will blow your mind.

The Best Hiking Trails in Duluth, MN (Pictures and Map) - The Mindful Mermaid

From Gooseberry Falls, Superior Hiking Trail, Ely's Peak, and other hidden gems along the North Shore, here are the best hiking trails in Duluth, MN.

The Most Epic Summer Vacation In Michigan - The Amazing Beautiful Earth

Michigan is such a beautiful state full of fresh-water lakes, sand dunes, limestone cliffs, waterfalls, and wildlife galore. Did you know that Michigan actually has the largest freshwater coast in the entire world? No matter where you travel to in the state, a body of water is always less than 6 miles away. We have […]

The Most Well Kept Secret of Michigan - The Big Spring of Upper Peninsula

As the raft starts gliding down the waters, one can watch the thousands of gallons of water being pushed into the lake from the numerous springs at the bottom of the lake.Continue reading

Minnesota's State Parks Provide Many Biking Opportunities

Minnesota's State Parks are a great natural resource containing miles of scenic trails providing ample opportunities to both paved trail ...

Visiting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - A Pictured Rocks Trip Planner

Stunning scenery and adventure in the Midwest! Visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for both! Plan with our Pictured Rocks trip planner.

Camping, Hiking & Kayaking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Cliffs and sand beaches, rock formations and waterfalls, quiet inland lakes and thick wooded trails, and a powerful lake as far as the eye can see, this diversity can be found all in one place in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or a city dweller,

Exploring Minnesota: Lake Superior’s North Shore

The best things to see and do on a road trip along the rocky cliffs and shimmering waters of Lake Superior's North Shore in Minnesota.

Escape To These 11 Hidden Oases In Minnesota To Find Peace And Quiet

These hidden oases in Minnesota are truly beautiful. With fewer visitors than the bigger state parks, you're sure to find peace and quiet when you visit.

25 Unforgettable Lake Michigan Beaches - The Amazing Beautiful Earth

I have lived in West Michigan all of my life. Over the years we have visited many of the wonderful beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It is the perfect way to spend a summer day in the state. If it is a hot enough day people from every direction will flock to the beaches. […]

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