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The British are Coming … to Minnesota

Posted by kdadmin on April 30th, 2015.

One of the best ways to explore the world is to travel like a local. Figure out what the locals love doing and follow suit. You get a better flavor for a country this way than you would if you just hit every tourist destination.

Speaking of which, a British news agency, The Telegraph, posted an article listing the top 50 things to do in the USA. While I realize they were listing ONE attraction per state, I think there is a lot more to my native state of Minnesota than the Minnesota State Fair. Although, it does consistently rate in the top five best state fairs in the country.

So, I’ve taken it upon myself to flesh out this list a bit and give those Brits FIVE things to do in this wonderful state. And, no, the Mall of America is not one of them.

  1. The Northwest Angle is the part of Minnesota that sticks up into Canada. It is the northern most point in the entire lower forty-eight contiguous United States, and came about because of a misunderstanding about the source of the Mississippi River. By the time it was discovered that the Mississippi River actually originated at Lake Itasca, it was too late and this beloved angle of ours stuck. I plan to film the area in May. We’ll see how I do in the tiny town of Angle Inlet. Find a bit more on the story here.
    Northwest Angle
  2. Beaver Air Tours runs small float plane tours out of Duluth, MN. For less than $100, they’ll fly you around the great harbor that marks the far western end of the St Lawrence Seaway and give you a bird’s eye view of the workings of Duluth’s magnificent harbor. For a bit more, they’ll even fly you over the Apostle Islands in Bayfield, WI.
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  3. In many ways, the Brainerd area is the gateway to a seemingly endless combination of our famed “10,000 lakes.” (There are actually 11,842 lakes in Minnesota.) For northern Minnesota flair that is still less than two hours from downtown Minneapolis, it’s tough to beat the sheer variety of things to do in Brainerd. From fishing to rafting to kayaking to jet skiing to golfing to fine dining to art festivals to organic farming to formidable technology firms to Paul Bunyaning to Native American gaming, and even to attendingSea Plane School, the opportunities are seemingly endless. Just make sure it’s summertime …
  4. As the humble head waters of the Mighty Mississippi River, Lake Itasca is an idyllic spot of serenity. Legend has it that Lake Itasca was formed as the mud oozed in between Paul Bunyan’s toes. Of course, as with most legends, eyewitness accounts vary widely, and this “legend” would make Paul Bunyan nearly 36 miles tall… Probably the biggest giant of all time. IF you want an ideal, serene, educational, gorgeous retreat AND are willing to drive about four hours out of Minneapolis, Lake Itasca will not disappoint.

Now, if these locations don’t move you, checkout my TripAdvisor Reviewer Profile andget some ideas much further afield. In any case,I urge you to plan an adventure. Even if it’s just across the street.

After all, it’s a big world; andwhat’s the point of having enough money to Live the Life You Love if you never actually go out and do it?

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