23 Weekend Getaways and Day Trips in MN

Whether you’re new to Minnesota or have been in this great state your whole life, sometimes your next vacation doesn’t need to take you more than a few hours away from home! And, now that school is starting, a vacation close to the nest may be just the relaxing getaway you and your family needs.

We’ve made it a priority to show our children the beauty of our home state (and, okay, Wisconsin too….), and below are some of our favorite vacation spots – all four hours away or less from Minneapolis!

1. Duluth | MN
2. Two Harbors | MN
3. Wisconsin Dells | WI
4. Red Wing | MN
5. Bemidji | MN
6. Taylors Falls | MN
7. Afton State Park | Hastings, MN
8. Jeffers Petroglyphs | Comfrey, MN
9. Madden’s Resort | Brainerd, MN
10. North Shore | MN
11. Nyberg Park | Vining, MN
12. Soudan Underground Mine State Park | Soudan, MN
13. Lutsen Mountains | Lutsen, MN
14. Voyageurs National Park | Kabetogama, MN
15. Whitewater State Park | Altura, MN
16. Great River Bluffs State Park | Winona, MN
17. Jay Cooke State Park | Carlton, MN
18. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park | Two Harbors, MN
19. Tettegouche State Park | Silver Bay, MN
20. Banning State Park | Sandstone, MN
21. Itasca State Park | Park Rapids, MN
22. Minneopa State Park | Mankato, MN
23. Blue Mounds State Park | Luverne, MN

You love your home, now explore your home state! There is no shortage of beautiful sites to see right here in Minnesota.

Need some suggestions? Reach out to us; we’ve hit the road with the fam and checked out some amazing Minnesota parks, towns and attractions and would love to share our experiences with you. 

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