Minnesota Bucket List ~ Northwest Region

Today we begin to explore the state of Minnesota and it’s five tourism regions. I will say that despite many visits to the state, this first region may be the one I am least familiar with. We’ve drive through the Fargo/Moorhead area many times and we did visit Lake Itasca once, but we’ve spent very little time actually exploring the area, so much of today’s post is new to me!

Akeley

  • Akeley Paul Bunyan Historical Museum: Visit and learn the history of the small town that claims to be the “birthplace of Paul Bunyan.”

Argyle

  • Old Mill State Park: Explore historic structures, enjoy a nice swim, and hike over many bridges at this park.

Bemidji

  • Headwaters Science Center: Explore hands on exhibits at this small science center.
  • Lake Bemidji State Park: Enjoy hiking and beautiful sunsets over the lake.

Detroit Lakes

  • Dunton Locks County Park: Small park that offers a lot of hiking.

Hackensack

  • Deep Portage Learning Center: Explore trails through bogs, woodland, and along the river.

Lake Bronson

  • Lake Bronson State Park: Beautiful park located along the lake with great camping and lake access.

Middle River

  • Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge: Enjoy hiking and bird watching opportunities.

Moorhead

  • Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County: Located within the Hjemkomst Center, this museum details the history of the area and also offers tours of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship and Hopperstad Stave Church.

Park Rapids

  • Itasca State Park: Home to the Mississippi Headwaters, you won’t want to miss this park!

Roseau

  • Polaris Experience and Factory Tour: Explore the history of the company and the making of their snowmobiles and ATV’s.

Warroad

  • William S. Marvin Training and Visitor Center: Experience the history and innovations of Marvin Windows and Doors.

Williams

  • Zippel Bay State Park: Located on the white sand shores of Lake of the Woods, great hiking is offered at this park near the U.S./Canadian border.

All attractions found on exploreminnesota.com.

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