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


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!


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


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


  • 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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