In Duluth, the shipping season is in full swing.
The first laker left the harbor March 22, and the first saltie, the Malta-flagged Maria G, arrived April 15. Locals as well as tourists are happy to see the big boats back.
How to keep track of boats: Check arrivals and departures on Harbor Lookout.
What to do: Visit the free Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center next to the Aerial Lift Bridge.
Past fast plans: A John Muir tour in Wisconsin, Escape to Stillwater, Spring in Galena, Baseball in Milwaukee, A spin around Lake Pepin
Bluff Country Studio Art Tour in northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. Visit artists in and around Winona, Lanesboro, Spring Grove and Harmony in Minnesota and Decorah in Iowa. April 2628.
Behind the Arts Studio Tour in Racine and Kenosha, Wis. Visit more than 100 artists at 35 locations, in Racine on Saturday and in Kenosha on Sunday. On Friday evening, there's a Preview Party. April 2628.
St. Paul Art Crawl in St. Paul. Tour the studios of more than 300 artists in 17 buildings in the Lowertown and downtown neighborhoods. April 2628.
Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo in Minneapolis. A spring kickoff for outdoor enthusiasts, with presentations on outdoor adventures and destinations and a gear sale and auction of used canoes and kayaks. April 2628.
For more, see our Events Calendar.
What's so great about hiking in spring? That's easy there's so much to see.
Move your feet in any direction and you'll run across wildflowers, waterfalls and, best of all, sweeping views that last only until the trees leaf out.
Head out before summer makes its brash appearance, with walls of greenery and fleets of bugs.
Here are 20 great places to go hiking in spring.
It's a beautiful spring day finally. The trees are budding, the birds are chirping. What do you do?
Road trip! Somehow, the call of the highway is especially strong in spring. We want to feel the wind on our face and see something new and unusual.
There's a lot to do along the way: Walk through bluebells, spot birds, visit artist studios, sample cheese, watch a parade.
Here are 20 of the best spring drives in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan, along with festivals you'll want to catch, in 2019.
Up north, all of the snow that brought you great skiing just keeps on giving when spring arrives.
That's when it turns into waterfalls, roaring down river gorges and misting awed onlookers.
One of the easiest places to see lots of big waterfalls is along Minnesota's North Shore, where dozens of rivers roar down into Lake Superior. Where there's water, there's a waterfall.
When's the best time to go? As soon as ice melts, of course.
After a long winter, everyone deserves a spring getaway.
On a budget? No problem. Spring is the best time to find deals, and often the weather is stellar.
Along the Mississippi in Minnesota, join a warbler weekend at a retreat center. In northeast Iowa, go on a beginning backpacking trip. In Chicago, stay at one of three hostels during Craft Beer Week.
Think a little bit outside the box, and you'll save a ton of money.