A Paradise Among the Pines: Why Grand Rapids is the Ultimate Vacation Destination

Minnesota is known for its natural beauty. A wealth of pristine lakes and rivers nestled in lush, green forests.

Perhaps no place in the state exemplifies this more than the Grand Rapids area. This hidden gem just a few hours north of the Twin Cities is an easy drive for those looking to escape the crowds and daily grind and experience limitless outdoor opportunities in an area that truly has something for everyone.

Whether you’re adventuring on your own or bringing the whole family to the Grand Rapids area has activities sure to satisfy and make lifelong memories. Hike, bike, walk, fish or hunt 3,000 plus miles of trails.

Explore the one million acres of publics forest land. The newly opened Tioga recreation area has a professional 25-mile mountain bike trail with a multi-level course perfect for all ages and skill levels. Grand Rapids is also the start of the Mesabi trail, 80 miles of paved bike path from Grand Rapids to the Iron Range. And of course, the Chippewa National Forest which surrounds Grand Rapids and provides great outdoors opportunities as well.

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Now, what about the water? Itasca area lakes are some of the cleanest in the country and you can pick from over 1,000 diverse bodies of water that all feature world-class fishing and recreational boating opportunities. Bring your boat, or rent one from a number of great local dealers and resorts. Take a jet-ski out for a spin, or cruise in luxury on a pontoon that can seat everyone and then some!

No matter the species you fish for, the Grand Rapids area can accommodate you. Known for its largemouth, smallmouth, and walleye fishing you can also find trophy panfish, pike, perch, muskies, and more.

But where will you stay? All lodging properties in the Grand Rapids have a wide variety of amenities such as pools, spas, hot tubs, bars, and restaurants. If sleeping under the stars is more your style, there is no shortage of camping spots for you to pitch a tent and become one with nature and plenty of wildlife to keep you company.

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Finally, for the town itself. Grand Rapids may seem a bit quaint but it’s full of life and culture. As you travel through the 25 miles of in-town sidewalks you will find yourself completely immersed in the charming boutiques and small shops and drawn to the many unique eating establishments, almost all of which feature outdoor dining space. Moms and wives need a break? Check out one of the beautiful salons and spas in town. Adults may find themselves looking to indulge in some local spirits after a long day on the water or in the woods at Grand Rapid’s two craft breweries and wine bar.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, or what you’re looking for, the Grand Rapids area is truly place where all can find something that sparks passion and strikes a smile that lasts for days and memories that last a lifetime.

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For more information check out the links below and plan your trip today.

Visit Grand Rapids: www.visitgrandrapids.com

Shopping: https://visitgrandrapids.com/things-to-do/shopping/

Dining: https://visitgrandrapids.com/things-to-do/food-drink/

Things To Do: https://visitgrandrapids.com/things-to-do/

Lakes & Fishing: https://visitgrandrapids.com/things-to-do/lakes-fishing/

Visitor Guides: https://visitgrandrapids.com/visitors-guide/maps/travel-guide/