Edit ModuleShow Tags

5 Natural Wonders in Minnesota

Mother Nature takes the best selfies


Inside the Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minnesota.
Niagara Cave

photo by bruce guenter - flickr

When it comes to natural beauty, Minnesota has it in spades. In every corner of the state you'll find some of Mother Nature's greatest works, and these five natural wonders are proof enough. 

Niagara Cave

Minnesota has long been known for its above-ground beauty with its acres of forests, shimmering lakes, and colorful wildflowers, but there’s also beauty to be found underground. Next to the Minnesota-Iowa border in Harmony, Niagara Cave offers visitors a chance to dive below the earth’s surface for an hour-long hike where spelunkers will find formations that have taken Mother Nature millions of years to sculpt, such as Elephant’s Head, Wishing Well, Paul Bunyan’s Bed and, of course, the namesake—a 60-foot waterfall.

People visiting Minnehaha Falls at Minnehaha Regional Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

It might be hard to believe, but residents of the Twin Cities don’t have to take I-35W north past Duluth to see waterfalls. Located within the heart of Minnehaha Regional Park in Minneapolis—and just a short jaunt from Metro Transit’s Blue Line's 50th Street/Minnehaha Park Station—Minnehaha Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the metro, and for good reason. The towering 53-foot waterfall and forested trail to the Mississippi River attract more than 850,000 visitors annually, and provide visitors with a way to see nature's majesty without leaving city limits.

Fog over a lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area

photo by Adam baker - flickr

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The crown jewel of the state's great outdoors, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota is an outdoor recreation enthusiast’s dream. Made up of jagged crags, cliffs, canyons, and lakes formed by glaciers, the million acres feature more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails, and more than 2,000 designated campsites. Get back in touch with nature at this sprawling patch of green.

Cove Point Lodge in Beaver Bay, Minnesota.
Cove Point Lodge

photo by pockafwye - flickr

Lake Superior

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it can be hard for any one of them to stand out. But while Lake Superior might not be exclusive to Minnesota, it obviously rises above the rest. What makes it superior? Check the numbers: It’s the largest freshwater lake in the world, with a total surface area of 31,700 square miles, and by volume it's the third largest freshwater body in the world, at 3 quadrillion gallons—enough to cover all of North and South America under a foot of water. Its volume is also as much as Lakes Michigan, Huron, Ontario, and four Eries combined. Truly superior, indeed.

The falls at Gooseberry Falls in Minnesota.
Gooseberry Falls

photo by Tony Cheng - flickr​

Gooseberry Falls

Nestled along the North Shore just north of Two Harbors, Gooseberry Falls is one of the premier waterfalls in the state. And this is hardly a once-a-year destination, as each season brings a new perspective. Hear the roar of the falls as the snow melts during the spring, surround yourself in lush greenery during the summer, marvel at the blazing colors during fall, and take in the serenity of the frozen falls during winter. A pilgrimage for many, this is one Minnesota destination you can’t pass up.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

Twin Cities Festival Spring Babies

If April showers bring May flowers, spring babies bring fun for the whole family

Record Store Day: Where to Find Rare Releases in MN

On April 21, rock out at mini-music festivals around the state, dig into gourmet donuts, and collect the rare vinyls available one time a year

Catch the Lyrids Meteor Shower

The meteor shower peaks April 21 and 22, just in time for Earth Day

A Day Trip to Excelsior

Just 20 miles west of the Twin Cities, this waterfront town is complete with charming shops and lakeside dining

Night Art Gallery Is Your Sober Night Out

The Lindstrom art gallery entertains with hors d'oeuvres, tons of art available for purchase, and non-alcholic drinks

Weekend Activities to Satisfy Your Inner-Child

Check out these weekend activities that will have you feeling like a kid again.

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: April

Sue Z.'s picks for philanthropic food events in April will have you supporting women chefs, sipping crafty cocktails, and celebrating Cookie Cart's 30th birthday

A Day Trip to Waconia

Enjoy great views, dining, and craft beverage destinations in this West Metro lakeside town

11 Easter Egg Hunts: From Flashlights to Geocaching

Yes, there's an annual adults-only Easter egg hunt in Rochester—and another for dogs, and another with geocaching, and another that drops them out of the sky. Check out more of the best egg hunts around Minnesota.

Rock Climbing in Minnesota

Rock on this spring at climbing gyms and favorite outdoor spots around Minnesota

5 Natural Wonders in Minnesota

Mother Nature takes the best selfies

Bad Axe Throwing Opens Minneapolis Location

Axe throwing makes its debut in Northeast Minneapolis—and it's not as dangerous as it sounds

Visit Award-Winning Minnesota Distilleries

Tattersall Distilling, J. Carver Distillery, and RockFilter Distillery are all worth the trip

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: March

Sue Z. picks Cochon555 as her philanthropic food event this month
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags