Minneapolis is a bustling and exciting city filled with culture, art, food and activities. There is no doubt that it’s the perfect place to live. However, sometimes you just need to escape the city for a day. Hoping in your car for a day trip to the lake, a bike path or a quaint little town is the perfect getaway.
Located approximately 15 miles southwest of Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka is the ninth largest lake in Minnesota. It is one of the most popular locations in the state for fisherman, boaters and recreationists. You can rent a boat, take out your own boat, go shopping in the near-by towns, enjoy a delicious dinner or take a lake cruise all at lake Minnetonka. The area is full of fun and exciting activities for all ages!
For anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, Taylors Falls is the perfect place to go! Just an hour away from Minneapolis, Taylors Falls is the ideal location for hiking and paddling. Located right on the St. Croix River, the area is a beautiful forested area with high cliffs. During the summer months it’s perfect for hiking, biking and river activities. In the fall you will be surrounded by the most incredible foliage. And in the spring the temperature is just perfect for all of your favorite outdoor activities.
Calling all bicyclists! The next time you want to take your bike out for a beautiful spin head over to the Red Cedar State Trail in Menomonie, Wisconsin. An hour and a half due east of Minneapolis, this 14 and a half mile trail is perfect for a scenic bike ride. You will see beautiful trees and it is typical to see a great deal of wildlife including eagles, herons, hawks and wild turkeys. There is no better place to go for a bike ride and spend the day outside of the city!
A 45 minute drive from Minneapolis, Northfield is a cute town and the perfect place to go to if you want to escape from the bustling city for a day. Northfield is home to two colleges, Carleton College and St. Olaf College, so the town is filled with a great deal of culture and activities. St. Olaf College is world-renowned for its music program and offers free recitals and concerts to the public. Head Downtown to Division Street, which is filled with cute mom-and-pop shops. Stop in to the Northfield Historical Society Museum to learn about a famous bank raid that occurred in the town back in 1876. This quaint town might seem like a small random place to go but it’s filled with many fun activities for the perfect day trip!