How can you pick THREE FAVORITES in the Land of 10,000 LAKES?!

Well, we tried…because we wanted to share with you three of the most beautiful lakes here in our home state. Have you ever thought of visiting Minnesota in the winter? You might just want to grab your coat and come for a visit!

A lot of people think “winter in Minnesota” and want to run and hide somewhere warm…heck, even the birds like to head south this time of year! We’re here to encourage you to think of things a little differently. Winter is a great time to explore the natural beauty of this northern state. In fact, come to Minnesota in the winter and you might just think you’re in some remote Scandinavian country like Sweden or Norway. No seriously – first time visitors to Minnesota are shocked by the state’s natural beauty.

Scroll to the bottom of this page or CLICK HERE to watch our travel vlog featuring these beauties!


Would you be surprised to learn that the first lake we suggest visiting is in the heart of the Twin Cities? Yes, that’s right! You can visit Minneapolis and St Paul and get an amazing dose of nature just by visiting lovely Lake Harriet.

Lake Harriet is truly a nature lover’s paradise. A hidden oasis of beauty located in the middle of the city. Plus, Lake Harriet connects with two other lakes forming something they call the “Chain of Lakes”. You can walk, bike or drive these lakes for a peaceful break from hectic city life.

One other nice thing about Lake Harriet…you are never more than five minutes away from a great cup of coffee or an amazing meal at the countless restaurants in the area. All the conveniences of the city…but a nice break from it all.

• Lake Harriet is popular for year-round recreation.
• All year, the walking and bike trails (about 3 miles) are well-maintained.
• In the summer, the lake offers concerts, sailing and two beaches.


The next lake we wanted to recommend to you to is a big one. Can you guess what it is? We’ll give you a clue…you drive north on historic Highway 61…through Duluth and straight on up towards Canada…

That’s right! We’re talking about Lake Superior!

Now, don’t be nervous about driving in remote parts of Minnesota…most roads are very well maintained all throughout the state. Especially during the winter. One benefit of winter driving is – unless you’re in the Twin Cities – you’ll probably never experience any road construction. Hehe.

There are tons of cool towns to stop in along the drive from Minneapolis to Lake Superior. Everyone stops in Duluth – and for good reason, it’s a beautiful and fun town – but we recommend driving even further north to a town called Grand Marias. Before it was settled by French Canadians and long before Minnesota’s statehood, it was inhabited by the Ojibwe.

Today Grand Marais is a quirky, artsy community with a population of around 1,300. But don’t let the size fool you…there’s plenty to do. In addition to taking in the splendor of the lake, there are great restaurants, art galleries and even a folk school.

• Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area.
• It holds 10% of the world’s surface fresh water.
• The Ojibwe name for the lake is “gichi-gami”, which translates to “great sea”.


If you are looking for true fun in the wilderness, we recommend renting a small cabin at Bear Head Lake State Park. Located near Ely, this is one of the most beautiful parts of Minnesota.

Native American archaeological sites have been found near the park dating back to 4000 BCE.

You are in for a spectacular show if you simply hike a short distance to watch the sunrise or sunset on the lake. Be sure to bring a camera…and dress warm.

It was very cold when we were there making our vlog. By the way, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss a single travel vlog like this one…if you are planning a trip to Minnesota we have an entire series of videos featuring insider tips and local recommendations. Add this playlist to your bookmarks:

• The park provides easy access to the boundary waters region.
• Cabins comfortably sleep 6 people and can be rented for around $90 USD. Contact the Minnesota DNR for info and reservations.
• Be on the lookout for black bears…this is Bear Head Lake, after all!


Whew! Aren’t those some pretty lakes? Year-round outdoor adventure awaits here in Minnesota. Would you ever consider visiting Minnesota in the winter…or would you rather plan on a summer trip? Now that you know our picks for three of the most beautiful lakes here in Minnesota…what’s your fave lake?

Be sure to leave a comment or send an email to: and let us know…maybe we’ll visit your fave lake in a future vlog or blog!

Thanks for traveling with us,
Jack and Kitty

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