When snow covers the Bayfield Peninsula, attention turns from Lake Superior to the hills. That's where there are miles of trails for skiing, snowshoeing, mushing and sledding.
Events to catch: March 3-5, Winter Festival.
Details: For more, see Bayfield in winter.
On Minnesota's Gunflint Trail, this is prime time. Resist the urge to wait for spring and head north for the best cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling of the season.
Events to catch: March 12, Dog Days of Winter Fun from the Trail Center.
Details: For more, see Winter on Minnesota's Gunflint Trail.
Madison is known as a college town, yet it's always putting on and fun festivals and events for children. It's the perfect place to take school-age kids for a weekend in winter.
Details: See Madison for all ages.
In winter, the wide open spaces around the northern Minnesota town of Ely are a playground for anyone who likes to move fast over snow.
What to do: Ski at Bear Head Lake State Park (pictured) or on the Hidden Valley trails on the east edge of town. Snowshoe to the Hegman Lake pictographs (go free with Outward Bound Feb. 11) or on the hilly North Arm trails.
Details: For more, see Winter in Ely.
In Minnesota's capital, the biggest festival of the year comes in the depths of winter, started in 1886 in response to a New York City reporter's gibe that St. Paul was "the Siberia of North America.''
Winter also is a good time to visit a museum or catch a play or concert in the compact downtown.
Details: For more, see Sightseeing in St. Paul.