With a focus on German-style craft beers, you’ll be able to sample a variety of different styles, take a tour, and check out their Museum of Brewing to learn a little bit more about local beer history.Pro tip: If you’re looking for that full on German craft experience, book a stay at the Deutsche Strasse Bed and Breakfast, where you’ll enjoy a fancy four-course meal to help jumpstart your day and to help you recover from your brewery adventure the day before.Pro tip: The park features a sculpture of a giant watermelon in honor of the town’s annual Watermelon Day, and if you can plan your trip to coincide with that you probably should. Distance from the Twin Cities: 213 miles, 3.15-hour drive Why it made our list: Even though it's in Wisconsin, anyplace that proclaims itself the "Waterpark Capital of the World" is bound to be a good time.The Big 5 Dells' resorts all have huge indoor waterparks, and each time a new one opens it tries to out do the rest with bigger and better water slides and pools.Distance from the Twin Cities: 170 miles, 2.45-hour drive Why it made our list: Because our unending love of giant, weird sculptures knows no bounds.For real, this place has some crazy stuff to look at, including a giant elephant, a pair of pliers squashing a bug, aliens, and dancing flatware.While you could easily drive out there for a day of hiking before packing up and heading back to the Twin Cities, you might want to consider booking a place to stay the night.Expend your energy by trekking through the expanse of native and restored prairie lands, oak forests, and beautiful scenic beaches.
Distance from the Twin Cities: 54 miles, 1-hour drive Why it made our list: This is another destination that’s near enough to the city to do a simple afternoon trip.
It brings in a variety of local celebrity chefs from the Twin Cities, along with a few outside names from around the country. Check out the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais or Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse in Knife River.
Watch for tickets to go on sale soon because that sells out quick! Whether it’s hiking through Gooseberry Falls, taking a ferry out to the Apostle Islands, or hitting up some Northwoods art festivals, you’ll never be short on things to do.
Distance from the Twin Cities: 170 miles, 2.40-hour drive Why it made our list: Let’s face it, we could probably fill this entire list with spots on the North Shore (or any of the scenic sights along it). Pro tip: Think about stopping in and taking a tour of Duluth’s historic Glensheen mansion.
Not only is an incredible spot to visit, it’s also allegedly haunted!