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The Ultimate Minnesota Bucket List

101 must-do activities, gotta-try foods, and need-to-see marvels that make Minnesota the state that it is
Historic Park Inn Hotel

Travel Guide: Mason City, Iowa

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Midwest majesty is alive in Mason City, Iowa
Marquee outside Budget Theater

Beyond Bon Iver: The Eau Claire Jazz Festival

This riverside city of Wisconsin has one of the country's finest music programs—and it shows

Wisconsin’s Sand Valley Is an Ideal Winter Getaway

The best family vacation is the one that doesn't put an undue burden on exhausted parents—and that's exactly what Wisconsin's Sand Valley delivers
Otto the Otter in Adams Park

Reasons to Road Trip to Otter Tail County

Minnesota's Otter Tail County is home to 1,048 lakes—more than any other county in America—and the bragging rights don't stop there

Northern Wisconsin Has a New Scenic Byway—Plus a Wellness Retreat

Here's your next excuse to visit the southern shores of Lake Superior: serenity
Driftless Creek, Tanager Cabin

Viroqua Is a Small-Town Foodie Destination in Wisconsin

If you didn’t think a trip to the grocery store could be the pinnacle of a vacation, you’ve never been to Vernon County

The 60-Mile Garage Sale’s Thrill of the Hunt

The event is a rare peek into the private lives of Minnesotans—as well as bargain hunters buying their castoffs

Eat, Play, Stay in North Dakota’s Rendezvous Region

Visit North Dakota’s bucolic Rendezvous Region, just south of the Canadian border
One of the city's many striking murals, by Steve Knutson

Make the Minnesota-North Dakota Border Your Next Road Trip

An easy, packed weekend in the Fargo-Moorhead region is so much more than the Coen brothers movie