6 Local Instagrammers Inspiring Adventure

Instagram shots of sunsets bursting with color, star-studded skies, and luscious forests remind us to put down our phones and explore our backyard

Travis Novitsky

When summer cranks up the heat to just a bit above unbearable, it can be difficult to find the motivation to go play outside, bask in the sunshine, and fill your lungs with fresh air. But don’t lose heart. There are a plethora of local Instagrammers actively posting breathtaking photos of the wonders of the great outdoors. Once your feed is filled with these inspiring photographs, you will leap at your next chance to explore the Land Of 10,000 Lakes.

Jordan Mileski



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Mixing edgy edits with serene lake moments, this Minnesotan Instagram adventurer shows the world what our great state looks like through her eyes. You’ll find a pleasant mix of drone shots, waterfalls, wildlife (including her puppy!), and creative portraits while scrolling through her profile. I especially love her attention to small details. Mileski’s account is definitely worth a follow, and before you know it, you’ll be out the door with your hiking boots.

Samantha Lindberg



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Unique angles blend with classic views as this Wisconsinite shares her Midwest adventures. She features the stunning beauty of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan in her pics. You’ll be inspired to go canoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking, and stargazing after scrolling through. Personally, I’m ready for a camping trip to the North Shore after being reminded of the awe-invoking views available just a hop, skip, and jump away.

Travis Novitsky



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Novitsky’s photographs take him around and near his home of Grand Portage, but also beyond Minnesota, as he adventures for new sights. With his edits, he accentuates the brilliancy of the Milky Way Galaxy, rocky bluffs, dense forests, and rolling prairie. His mountain bike, snowshoes, and Jeep make frequent guest appearances as well. And Novitsky says on his website that he hopes his images inspire viewers (like you and me) to go outside and enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty.

Alyssa Hei



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Hei’s photographs complement breathtaking views with edits that enhance, rather than detract from, the already astounding beauty right in front of her lens. A self-described “hiking junkie,” Hei is located in Duluth, where fantastic state parks abound. She hikes all year round, with pics of the splashy fall oranges, the naturally occurring winter grayscale, and the lively spring and summer greens. Her catalogue of hiking, biking, canoeing, and camping adventures will have you ready to take to the trails.

Emily Siefkes



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Enjoy more of the thrills of the North Shore as Siefkes shares her seasonal fun. Based in Grand Marais, she highlights the best parts of lakeside living. Including everything from sunsets accented by crescent moons, the brilliantly colored Aurora Borealis, sunny days on Lake Superior’s pebbly shores, and the solidifying presence of lighthouses and boats, her snapshots make it tempting to drop everything and beeline to Grand Marais. Siefkes even provokes nostalgia for snow, when she makes the deadly ice look stunningly beautiful.