Top 4 Summer Weekend Getaways in Minnesota

Updated July 12, 2022
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Whether you’re seeking a relaxing outdoor summer vacation or a thrilling city adventure, there are weekend getaways in Minnesota for you! 

Stillwater, Minnesota

Called the “prettiest town in America” by Forbes Magazine, Stillwater is the state’s go-to weekend getaway destination. Download the AllTrails app or stop by a local information office to find the best hikes along the beautiful St. Croix River. 

Outdoor activities aren’t quite your speed? Stillwater is filled with local shops, restaurants, and historic activities perfect for any vacationer. You may be interested in a tour via the historic Stillwater Trolley for a step back in time before ending the day next to the fireplace at rustic Hotel Crosby.

old car driving down main street in Stillwater, Minnesota

Grand Marais, Minnesota

If you’re up for a drive, take one of the best weekend getaways in Minnesota to thee tippy top of Minnesota, you’ll meet Grand Marais not far from the border. The further distance makes for a cozy yet tourist-friendly town for shopping and dining needs between your camping stay

You’re missing out if you haven’t eaten the World’s Best Donuts beside the calming North Shore coastline. But get there early – they sell out fast! If you miss your chance or are looking for some savory to complement the sweet, stop by Sven and Ole’s. The pizzeria boasts itself delicious, classic eats served best with their “warm Scandinavian welcome.” 

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If you can’t get enough of Scandinavian vibes, be sure to visit Shop at Upstate MN before you leave town for a simple décor keepsake to remember your summer vacation by. 

Lighthouse in Grand Marais can be a weekend getaways in Minnesota

Boundary Waters in Superior National Forest – Northeastern Minnesota

Campers who enjoy a variety of outdoor activities may be interested in a weekend vacation to the Boundary Waters. Canoeing is plentiful, as well as opportunities for hiking in Superior National Forest, fishing, and mountain biking. 

You’re bound to see Minnesota’s wildlife while up north, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the best wilderness practices. The Minnesota DNR is a great resource for knowing how to respond to moose, bears, and other forest-bound creatures.

A sunset over the Boundary Waters in Minnesota

Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota (aka the Twin Cities)

If urban environments are more your speed, you can’t go wrong with the Twin Cities. Minneapolis and St. Paul are only a short drive away from each other, ensuring that you’ll never run out of weekend getaways in Minnesota and activities!

If the weather is treating you well, you might be interested in visiting the waterfall and green walkways at Minnehaha Falls along the Mississippi River. But if you’re here in winter, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory near St. Paul will keep you warm while enjoying wildlife and greenery. 

A melting pot of different cultures, Minneapolis has a wide variety of art and history museums showcasing the work of artists and the heritage of its diverse residents. Try the iconic American Swedish Institute or the Somali Museum of Minnesota for a greater understanding of the Twin Cities’ history

Minneapolis skyline on a sunny day

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