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Biking—a great escape. Six trails within two hours of the Twin Cities. (Photo by Paul Stafford, Explore Minnesota Tourism) @Minnesota Monthly

Top 10 Minnesota hikes -- Hiking is a great way to slow down to appreciate some of the diversity Minnesota offers—craggy bluffs overlooking Lake Superior, rushing streams hidden in the north woods, ruins of prairie homesteads. So lace up those lightweight hiking shoes, grab some bug spray, and pack a granola bar or two. We’ll meet you at the trailhead.

from OnlyInYourState

15 Trails In Minnesota You Must Take If You Love The Outdoors

A great list of trails you must explore. #Minnesota #adventure #hiking

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5 Small Midwest Towns You'll Love

Lanesboro, Minnesota Mostly, visitors come for the trail system. Lanesboro (120 miles southeast of the Twin Cities) stands at the heart of the area's paved multi-use trails, including the 42-mile Root River Valley Trail and the 18-mile Harmony-Preston Trail. Many travelers bring their own bikes, rent them at the Little River General Store (800/994-2943; get a trail map before heading out (800/944-2670;


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Minnesota has hundreds of miles of running & walking paths around the lakes. Pictured: Lake Calhoun Bike & Run Path - Minneapolis, MN. Click for more on Twin Cities parks. And canoeing :D