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10 Reasons Why Minnesota is the Best Summer Vacation Destination
10 Reasons Why Minnesota is the Best Summer Vacation Destination

Minnesota lakes are a great place to spend your summer vacation

Minnesota may not spring to the top of your mind when thinking of summer vacation destinations, but one of the best kept secrets is our perfect summer weather. Our winters are long and can be (very!) cold, which means when the weather starts to warm up, Minnesotans have learned to enjoy summer down to the last drop.

1. The weather in Minnesota in the summer can’t be beat. The cool nights and warm days of May and June lead to the sunny, hot days of July and August. The trees and flowers are in full bloom, the grass is green and the birds are plentiful.

Swinging on a swing set is a fun summer vacation activity

2. A cabin, on a lake, “up north”, is the dream getaway destination for many Minnesotans. The call of the loon, the quiet of the pine forests, and the opportunity to spend time as a family away from the hustle and bustle of daily life is simply irresistible.

If you don’t know anyone who owns a cabin, resorts like Cragun’s Resort offer the opportunity to experience the cabin life, if only for a few days or weeks at a time.

Renting a cabin on a lake is a great way to enjoy your summer vacation

3. Minnesotan’s will use any excuse to pack up their food and dine outside. Whether it’s simply moving to a picnic table on your deck or in your backyard, or packing a basket to take to a nearby park, eating “al fresco” in Minnesota is all about seizing every opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day.

Picnics are a fun summer vacation activity

4. Minnesota offers some of the best freshwater fishing in the country. There’s a great variety of water, from big lakes to scenic trout streams to the mighty Mississippi. Roaming these waters are large and smallmouth bass, trout, panfish, northern pike, muskies, and of course, the mighty walleye.

Fishing is a fun summer vacation activity

5. Known as a top U.S. golf destination, Minnesota offers hundreds of courses characterized by beautiful natural settings, excellent conditions and affordability. Find a wide selection of courses for an easygoing round or a challenging game that tests your skills. There are championship courses throughout the state; Minnesota was the first state to host all USGA championships. It’s also home to the Champions Tour – 3M Championship, and will host the Ryder Cup in 2016. The Brainerd Golf Trail, which includes several five star Brainerd Golf Courses, was named one of the “Top 50 Golf Destinations in the World” by Golf Digest.

Golfing is a fun summer vacation activity

6. Minnesota’s 10,000-plus lakes and numerous rivers are just the place for fun on the water. Waterskiing was invented here in 1922, and boating is always a summertime favorite. Public boat accesses are available statewide on lakes and rivers. Paddlers will enjoy the canoe and kayak routes on rivers and along the North Shore of Lake Superior. If you don’t have your own boat, there are plenty of rentals available. You can also go river rafting or tubing, scuba diving or even house boating. Situated within Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a vast preserve of lakes and woods that stretches for about 100 miles along the U.S. border with Canada. The Boundary Waters area offers a wilderness experience unlike any other.

Minnesota lakes are an excellent summer vacation destination

7. “Minnesota Nice” is not just a catch-phrase. Minnesota summers make us happy and happy people are nice people. This happiness is contagious – come experience it for yourself.

A group of people enjoying cocktails during their summer vacation

8. Countless Minnesota hiking trails traverse a variety of scenery. There are short, easygoing trails for day hikes, and more rugged, long-distance paths for backpacking adventures. Many of the best hiking and walking trails are found in Minnesota State Parks and Forests and the Chippewa and Superior national forests. Some have designated backpacking campsites. The crown of the collection is the Superior Hiking Trail, a 277-mile wilderness backpacking footpath overlooking Lake Superior.

hiking is a fun summer vacation activity

9. Minnesota’s miles of paved trails are a bicyclist’s dream. Many bike trails are along former railroad beds, offering secluded, scenic biking. Several are part of the Minnesota State Trails system, while other trails and routes are regional or metropolitan. Some of the longest paved trails include the Root River, Sakatah Singing Hills, Central Lakes, Lake Woebegone, Heartland, Paul Bunyan Trail and Mesabi.

Biking is a fun summer vacation activity

10. Grilling has been elevated to an art form for many Minnesotans. Whether it’s a traditional charcoal grill or an “outdoor kitchen” if it can be heated, it can probably be found on the grill. From the equipment used to the variety of meats and side items grilled, you will see the true creativity of Minnesotan’s come to life at their grills.

Friends grilling during their summer vacation

Enjoy a perfect Minnesotan summer vacation when you take advantage of the affordable summer vacation packages at Cragun’s Resort.