Minnesota is a land of many seasons, all of which have a many things to recommend them and a few we’d rather forget.
Minnesota State Parks preserve a wide range of Minnesota’s natural diversity throughout the state.
Lake Superior’s North Shore and the Gunflint Trail
Northern Minnesota lake country
North central Minnesota is a land of towering pines, crystal lakes, and watery stands of wild rice. This is canoe country, the land of moose and wolf, the northwoods every cabin owner dreams of. This is also the land of timber production and iron mining. It is a beautiful and fragile place.
Plains and Prairies of Central Minnesota
- Minnesota’s Most Colorful Season
- End of Summer Landscapes in Central Minnesota (August 2013)
- Old Barn in Rural Minnesota (June 13, 2013)
- Better than a Bacon Cheeseburger (June 13, 2013) – Sauk Centre
- The Best Freeway Bakery Stop: The Clearwater Travel Plaza (September 2012)
- A Scenic Drive in Central Minnesota (July 2012) – Sauk Centre to Big Lake
- Todd County in s Amish Country (October 2014)
- Harvest Season in an Amish Field (October 2014)
- Todd County’s Amish Country (June 2006)
- On the Way to Glenwood (July 20, 2007)
- Evening in Munsinger and Clemons Gardens in St. Cloud (August 2009)
Saint Croix Valley
- Pottery and Potholes – Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour (May 2010)
- An (Almost) Perfect Saturday in October (October 2008)
- On the Saint Croix Pottery Trail (May 2007)
- Saint Croix Pottery Tour (May 2006)
- Interstate Park (May 2006)
Stillwater and Taylor’s Falls are the main cities along the Saint Croix in Minnesota.
Mississippi River Valley and Southeastern Minnesota
- Touring One Block of Red Wing (July 8, 2011)
- Mixed Use in Saint Peter (November 5, 2010)
- Highway 60 Road Trip (June 2010)
- The Minnesota Side of the Mississippi, North of La Crosse (May 2008)
- I’m in La Crosse – Mississippi River Valley, New Trier & Wabasha (May 2008)
- Downtown Rochester (August 2007)
The Twin Cities Metro Area (Greater MSP)
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are at the center of a sprawling metropolitan area that includes parts of 16 counties in two states.
Nationally, it’s an important economic and cultural center with a healthy economy, diverse population, vibrant arts community, thriving restaurants and breweries, professional sports, abundant recreational opportunities . . . and cold winters. But actually, the changing seasons just bring a change in focus, not an end to activity – there is always plenty to do in Greater MSP!
Minneapolis and the western suburbs
Minneapolis is larger, brasher, and more urban of the Twins, with flashy downtown towers and a lively nightlife. It’s also a great spot for biking, with a good trails and one of the nation’s great park systems.
The western suburbs tend to be residential or even rural, but with a few good shopping and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
Exploring Minneapolis and the western suburbs
Saint Paul and the East Metro
It is a quiet multicultural city of museums, parks, colleges, and great food from around the world.
While the east metro includes a variety of suburbs, it also includes the charming river town of Stillwater.
- A tropical escape at the Minnesota Zoo (2015)
- Along the Northern Tail at the zoo
- More time with the amur leopards
The Red River Valley
- On the Road (May 8, 2007)
- Evening in East Grand Forks (May 8, 2007)
- Near Granite Falls (May 3, 2006)
- Highway 60 Road Trip (June 2010)
- Small Towns and Crumbling Infrastructure: Reality via Westbrook (June 2010)
- Girls Weekend Trip to Cottonwood County (June 2010)
- Westbrook (June 2010)
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