WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Fall Colors In MinnesotaJust as Mother Nature slowly steals our daylight, she gifts us with the crispness of fall and a colorful treetop palate. Many would argue that the natural beauty that surrounds the Cuyuna Trail System, voted Best of Minnesota, is unsurpassed by any in the state.
Finding Minnesota: Fall Leaf Cruises On The St. CroixNow that it is cooling off, we are starting to see more bursts of red, yellow and orange outside. While many people hop in the car to check out the colors along the roads and highways, there is another vantage point from a national scenic riverway that draws thousands of people each fall.
Wander Minnesota: Fall Foliage And FunThe DNR is reporting that fall colors have begun to pop, mostly up north as of this writing. The gorgeous fall foliage season is all too short. Now is the time to plan a little getaway to enjoy them before winter sets in. Here are a few suggestions for lodgings that are open past the summer tourist season.
WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Fall Hiking Trail In MinnesotaGooseberry Falls State Park is the unofficial gateway to the North Shore. And its beauty is such a draw that you cannot drive by without stopping to explore. Thousands of people visit each year, anticipating the vision of Gooseberry Falls and the memories they will make there.
Wander Minnesota: Mille Lacs Kathio State ParkLast week, I talked about the wild rice demonstrations at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Not far from the museum is Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. The park's two-fold name has two roots. "Mille Lacs" is the term French explorers used to describe the area, and it is an apt term, meaning "1,000 lakes" in English.
Top Spots At The State Fair For Minnesotans Who Love The OutdoorsFor those of us that enjoy the peace and solace of the outdoors, the Great Minnesota Get-Together can be a cumbersome and busy experience. But fear not -- there are still a few places around the State Fair where you can check out the latest camping, hiking and fishing gear, and find new places to explore.
Finding Minnesota: Seeing Glensheen Mansion By KayakThousands of families head to Duluth every year to visit the historic Glensheen Mansion. July and August are the busiest months at the mansion, and more than 84 percent of Glensheen's income comes from tours.
Goin' To The Lake Recap: Perham (Day 2)Summer is coming to an end, and so are the WCCO summer road trips to the lakes! Our final stop on our tour across Minnesota is in Perham, a three-hour drive northwest of the cities. Liz Collin and Mike Binkley went to the Perham Lakeside Golf Club Friday. It is a beautiful facility with 27 holes to play. They have had great weather all summer, and Friday is no exception.
WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Public Garden In MinnesotaSteve Poppe loves plants. And with a name like "Poppe," it is almost like he was destined to work with them. "I research horticulture, looking at and studying various aspects of growing veggies, flowers, fruits, raspberries, apricots, that sort of thing," he said.
WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Outdoor Water Park In MinnesotaThe Minnesota sun has been showing off this summer, and it is time to get wet and wild! Instead of driving hours to the lake, cool off at Cascade Bay in Eagan -- voted the Best Outdoor Water Park in Minnesota.
Guy On A Bike: Previewing The Powderhorn 24This weekend, the Powderhorn neighborhood will play host to one of the coolest community cycling events in a city known for its great cycling culture.
Wander Minnesota: Minneopa State Park