Minnesota’s New Vacation Pitch: Biking, Anyone?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s vacation season is underway, and state tourism officials are promoting a special kind of recreation this summer.

Gas prices have softened a bit, which could add to the number of Minnesotans driving to their favorite destination.

But spokeswoman Joan Hummel says the state tourism office is peddling something different:

“We actually have the best collection of paved ‘rail-to-trail’ bike trails in the nation” said Hummel. “So that’s one secret we really, really want to uncover and let people know about.”

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Minnesota has more than 1,500 miles of paved trails and many designated biking routes.

It’s part of a new campaign called Pedal Minnesota. And tourism officials see plenty of green, with biking generating more than $1 billion in spending in Minnesota.

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