Plan your trip to Minnesota
Come experience the outdoor beauty you will only find in the Midwest when you plan your nature getaway in Minnesota. Head to northern Minnesota for the perfect blend Northwoods beauty surrounded by hundreds of lakes. The Brainerd Lakes region is renowned for having some of the top fishing lakes in Minnesota, and is the perfect area for exploring the great outdoors. Make sure to bring your fishing poles along for your chance to land your next trophy walleye, northern pike, or a wide variety of panfish. Hiking and biking trails along the Gunflint Trail allow you to explore this natural area at your own pace, or head to the Iron Range to view an incredibly interesting landscape.
Featured Nature Resorts and Lodges in Minnesota
Kavanaugh's is the perfect place to experience Brainerd Lakes nature. Explore 4,400 feet of trails on site, or seven miles of paved trails and Pillsbury State Forest nearby. Take out a kayak on Upper Lake Sylvan. Don't miss winter in Brainerd – hundreds of miles of great Minnesota snowmobile trails await you!
The Brainerd Lakes area offers a bevy of outdoor activities for all ages including fishing, boating and swimming. Fishing boats with and without motors and pontoons can be rented onsite for a daily rate. Kayak rentals are available free of charge to help you explore the bays and inlets of Middle Cullen Lake!
The area surrounding the hotel is teeming with opportunities for outdoor adventure. Nearby you'll find the Paul Bunyan Trail, where you can walk, bike, and snowmobile on more than 100 miles of paved trail. There are also over 400 lakes in the area, great for fishing and boating. Enjoy the outdoors!
Want direct access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area? Want to be situated on the massive White Iron Chain of lakes? Well then, Timber Trail Lodge & Resort is for you! Experience everything the Northwoods have to offer. The wildlife, the scenery, it's all waiting for you.
Whether you're exploring Minnesota's forested Northwoods or strolling in the resort's own gardens, you'll find Minnesota nature at its finest at Nelson's Resort. Explore the rivers, bays and shoreline by boat or canoe. Go bird watching or mountain biking. And bring your camera: the wildlife abounds!
Reconnect with nature at America's youngest and only water-based national park, Voyageurs National Park. The park features a stunning network of interconnected waterways, ancient rock formations, and hundreds of uninhabited islands. These pristine waters are surrounded with rugged boreal forests that is home to an abundance of wildlife including...
As if it were ever possible to want a break from fishing, but if you do, don't worry, because Ballard's Resort has plenty of other activities to keep you busy! Try the resort's other recreational opportunities like hiking and biking, or snowmobiling in the winter. You can even take a scenic seaplane flight!
Located on the shores of Lake Vermilion, Ludlow's Island Resort is the perfect place for nature-lovers. This beautiful Northwoods destination offers endless opportunities for you to enjoy just minutes away. Spend a day fishing at the lake, kayak through the waters, or stay on solid ground and enjoy a hike.
This is the place to experience relaxation and peacefulness that you can only get in nature. Enjoy miles of scenic shoreline at River Bend Resort. Take in the beauties of nature and breathe in fresh air. This lakeside vacation spot is full of opportunities to get out and enjoy the world around you. Go birdwatching, hiking, or any number of other...
Enjoy the refreshing natural environment of the Minnesota North Shore when you stay at Clearwater Historic Lodge! Their cozy cabins offer you a place to truly getaway, where you are just minutes from the Boundary Waters and beautiful hiking trails that await for you to explore. Come discover the beauty and relaxation of this great outdoor...
Take a scenic train ride, walk along the boardwalk, stroll through the rose garden, or ski from Spirit Mountain to see all nature has to offer in this state park mecca of Duluth, Minnesota along the harbor of Lake Superior. Check out the Palisade Head, or Gooseberry Falls, only short trips from Duluth. There's so much to take in and enjoy!
The Brainerd Lakes area provides plenty of picturesque hiking trails around dozens of lakes including Lake Edna, the Cullen Lake Chain and the Twin Lakes. The Paul Bunyan Trail is connected to Good Ol' Days Resort and offers great biking trails during the summer months, and snowmobiling trails when the snow begins to fall! Come during any season...
Minnesota Top List Picks
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