Split Rock Lighthouse is a Minnesota icon.

The Best of Minnesota in One Week

Since Minnesota is a big state, this seven-day tour is necessarily limited (even with all the driving involved), but it combines history, culture, technology, nature, arts, and world-class kitsch and highlights the variety that makes Minnesota such a wonderful place.

A mesh day-tent covers a picnic table at the side of a lake on a sunny day with thick clouds in the sky.

The Chippewa National Forest

Encompassing three of Minnesota’s largest lakes, plus the infant Mississippi River and thousands of acres of forest and wetland, the Chippewa National Forest is absolutely packed with recreational opportunities. Here’s an overview of what the park has to offer for outdoors and camping enthusiasts.