In seeking fresh ideas for spring trips, we found that the road less traveled wasn’t a road at all.
For writer Frank Bures, it was the Mississippi River, which he kayaked from Fort Snelling to Hastings. For scribe Berit Thorkelson, it was the timber-and-steel track between St. Paul’s newly reopened Union Depot and the kid paradise, Wisconsin Dells. Both are journeys so inherently boredom-proof that not once was the phrase “Are we there yet?” uttered.
If tackling Huck Finn’s water trail sounds a little ambitious, you can always embrace the season of adventure with a trip geared toward first-timers (try the DNR’s “I Can Paddle” program at dnr.state.mn.us). And if you’re intrigued by the train but only have time for a day trip, the Empire Builder can carry you to Red Wing in less than an hour. Whichever direction you point your compass toward, the next few pages will have you primed to float the blue highways and ride the rails.