In Duluth, the shipping season is in full swing.
The first laker left the harbor March 20, and the first saltie, the Marshall Islands-flagged Federal Weser, arrived April 12. Locals as well as tourists are happy to see the big boats back.
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, Spring in Galena, Baseball in Milwaukee, On Lake Pepin, Spotting eagles
Bluff Country Studio Art Tour in southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa. Take a spring drive and visit artists in and around Winona, Lanesboro, Spring Grove and Harmony in Minnesota and Decorah in Iowa. April 2729.
Behind the Arts Studio Tour in Racine and Kenosha, Wis. Visit more than 100 artists at 30 studios, in Racine on Saturday and in Kenosha on Sunday. April 2729.
St. Paul Art Crawl in St. Paul. Tour the studios of more than 300 artists, many in the Lowertown, downtown and Raymond neighborhoods. April 2729.
Minnesota Horse Expo in St. Paul. There's a parade of breeds daily at noon, free pony and wagon rides and a rodeo Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. April 2729.
For more, see our Events Calendar.
In May, the woods are full of people on the hunt.
Some are stalking morel mushrooms. Others are trying to bag a turkey or spot a rare warbler.
The rest of us are content to chase wildflowers. For one thing, were guaranteed success.
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 2018.
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.