Favorite Places

  • 100 best places to vacation

    Here's one traveler's life list for trips in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.

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  • Best of fall

    The chase is on as autumn colors coat the countryside.

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  • Secret spots of Minnesota's North Shore

    You've seen Split Rock and hiked Oberg. What next? Here are 10 great places the crowds tend to overlook.

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  • Best of summer

    The best hiking, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife-watching, backpacking, camping, shopping, cruising and train rides in the Upper Midwest.

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  • A year of best places

    Here are the best places to be each month of the year in and around Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and northern Illinois.

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  • Best shopping towns for weekenders

    Cute, compact, accommodating — these are good spots for girlfriend getaways.

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  • Best up-and-coming towns to get to know

    They've been on the sidelines, but now they're ready for their closeup.

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  • A thousand times, go

    With "1,000 Places," daydream believers in the Upper Midwest get another life list to work on.

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  • Chasing the Top 10

    Darling town, oh so small/Who's the fairest of them all?

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  • Best little towns that charm the tourists

    These 10 favorite destinations have personality to spare.

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